Outfielder Mike Baxter, on the disabled list since early June, is "a ways out yet" from a return, Collins said on Thursday. Baxter was 8-for-18 with five doubles as a pinch-hitter before he suffered a displaced right collarbone while crashing into Citi Field's left-field wall to preserve Johan Santana's no-hitter on June 1. Collins wants Baxter to notch at least 25-30 Minor League at-bats before he rejoins the Mets. Thus far, he has recorded 19. Dodgers: Kemp sizzling since All-Star break
Since returning from a recurring left hamstring injury after the All-Star break, Matt Kemp has recorded nine hits and 11 RBIs. "I feel really, really good," Kemp said. "My legs are getting under me, and I'm getting my timing back." Worth noting
Mets rookie Jordany Valdespin hit his fourth pinch-hit homer of the year in Friday night's 7-6 loss. Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy went 4-for-5 with an RBI on Friday night, recording his third four-hit game of the season.