NEW YORK -- In dealing with a hamstring strain, outfielder Eric Young is taking cues from David Wright.
Young remembers how Wright tried to play through a mild hamstring injury last season, only to exacerbate it and spend most of the season's final month on the disabled list. So Young is taking the cautious route, going on the DL Monday with a strained right hamstring.
"My legs are a big part of my game," Young said, "so I'd rather take the two weeks instead of risking it and potentially being out longer than that."
To replace Young on the roster, the Mets recalled outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas. Den Dekker was batting .269 with four homers in 47 games at Vegas. That earned him the call over fellow outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who is hitting .203 with 21 strikeouts in 59 at-bats since returning to Vegas after a prior stint with the Mets.
"I feel like I've been swinging the bat pretty well the last couple of weeks," den Dekker said. "I actually made a couple of adjustments to my swing. I'm a little more spread out now from where I was in Spring Training. I feel like it's helped me see the ball a little better and swing the bat well."
Young, who had recently fallen into a reserve role as the Mets worked to give Juan Lagares more regular playing time, was batting .220 with 17 stolen bases in 42 games. Straining his hamstring on a successful stolen-base attempt Saturday against the D-backs, Young fully expects to return from the DL when he is eligible on June 9.
Arm issue sends top prospect Syndergaard to DL
NEW YORK -- Injury has struck another of the Mets' top young pitchers.
The organization's Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate placed right-hander Noah Syndergaard on the disabled list Monday, retroactive to May 22, with a flexor-pronator strain in his right arm. Syndergaard planned to fly from Vegas to New York, where Mets doctors will examine him this week.
"At this point, we don't have a high level of concern," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "But anytime the forearm is involved, we like to have it looked at. So we're flying him back, he'll be seen [Tuesday], and we'll have further information at that time."
The organization's top-ranked player in MLB.com's 2014 Prospect Watch, Syndergaard was 5-2 with a 4.02 ERA in 10 starts at Vegas. Over his last five starts, he has been even sharper, going 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA, 36 strikeouts and nine walks in 28 2/3 innings.
Though the Mets classified Syndergaard's injury as "mild," they are taking every precaution by flying him to New York City for an examination. The term "flexor-pronator" refers to a group of forearm muscles that assists with elbow functioning. Flexor-pronator strains have preceded elbow ligament tears for big league pitchers such as Stephen Strasburg and Josh Johnson. In many other cases, they have not.
"We're very concerned about it," manager Terry Collins said. "I know a lot of guys that go to the doctor and it's nothing. But I know some that go to the doctor and it's an issue. So anytime you're going in and the word "elbow" shows up and you throw as hard as he does, it's a concern."
The Mets, whose organizational strength has centered around pitching for years, have endured a rash of arm injuries over the past nine months. Right-handers Matt Harvey, Jeremy Hefner and Bobby Parnell are all currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, Dillon Gee is on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle and left-hander Jon Niese began this season on the DL with a shoulder strain.
In that way, the Mets have been a microcosm of the game. Prominent pitchers such as Miami's Jose Fernandez, Tampa Bay's Matt Moore and Arizona's Patrick Corbin have all undergone Tommy John surgery this year, among many others.
"Strength is in numbers," general manager Sandy Alderson recently said of his team's starting pitching depth, referring specifically to trade prospects. "Because of the injury risk, the value of a pitcher might be discounted. On the one hand, you want to have as many as you can. On the other hand, people are starting to realize what risk is associated with these pitchers."
Davis enjoys quiet since trade to Pirates
NEW YORK -- Even on morning trips to the coffee shop, Ike Davis could not escape the cacophony of voices offering hitting advice, tips and whatever else. The chorus had grown stale. The voices were not helping. So perhaps it is unsurprising that one of Davis' favorite things about Pittsburgh is the relative quiet.
"I don't want to have to think about my stance at nine in the morning," Davis said Monday, returning to Citi Field for the first time since the Mets traded him to the Pirates last month. "When you're done with the game, you kind of just want to be done with the game and not think about it for the two hours of your life that you're not at the field."
Davis said he expected a fair amount of boos in his return to New York, given the massive slumps he endured early in 2012 and '13. But it was the Mets, not their fans, who essentially chose Lucas Duda over Davis. Since the trade, Davis is batting .303 with two home runs and an .819 OPS, while Duda is batting .208 with two home runs and a .613 OPS.
"I love Ike Davis," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He plays hard. I've known him since the day that I got here. All he's ever done is cared and been a great teammate. The Pittsburgh Pirates have themselves a good player."
• Catcher Travis d'Arnaud finished 0-for-4 as the designated hitter Sunday at Double-A Binghamton in his second Minor League rehab appearance. D'Arnaud, who is on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion, will catch most of Tuesday's game at Binghamton. That puts him on track for a mid- to late-week return to the Mets.