MILWAUKEE -- If Ruben Tejada wants to reach the big leagues again, he will need to meet all the criteria on Terry Collins' checklist.
"I want to hear about quality at-bats," the Mets manager said of Tejada, who was activated from the disabled list Saturday and optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas. "I want to hear about the fact that that first-step quickness is back. He's not Jose Reyes, but this guy had real great instincts to the ball. I want to make sure I hear that that's back -- that he's getting to baseballs, he's getting a good read on the ball off the bat in a tough place to play. So if he's getting it there, I know that he's getting ready."
Collins said it is "possible" that Tejada eventually returns to the Mets in a backup role, but that the team did not consider activating him in that fashion this weekend.
Mets considering giving Marcum extended rest
MILWAUKEE -- Shaun Marcum may not know what is causing the right hand numbness he felt in each of his last two outings, but the Mets believe a period of rest may help him combat it.
With that in mind, the Mets are considering skipping Marcum's final rotation turn before the All-Star break, which they could do without using a spot starter thanks to Thursday's off-day. Following Sunday's game, the team flew Marcum to St. Louis for another physical examination.
"Part of the discussion is going to be, 'Is he going to need a break? Should we rest him?'" manager Terry Collins said. "So I'll have those discussions with [pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] and certainly with [general manager] Sandy [Alderson], and talk about what our options are going into the break. But certainly I'm concerned that I don't want this thing to keep flaring up. Maybe rest is the best thing for him at this time."
Marcum said he has never before experienced the numbness that first began troubling him last week in New York. The MRI that he underwent after that start came up clean.
But numbness returned to his hand in the middle innings of Saturday's game, prompting a new wave of concern. Though the Mets have not officially ruled Marcum out for his next scheduled start Friday in Pittsburgh, they have already discussed skipping him.
Doing so would not affect Matt Harvey, who was likely to move up in the rotation anyway to promote his candidacy to start the All-Star Game. But it would affect Dillon Gee, whom the Mets had hoped to give an extended All-Star vacation to rest his right forearm -- an injury concern earlier this season.
If the Mets do skip Marcum, they would pitch Harvey, Gee and Zack Wheeler this week in San Francisco, then use Jeremy Hefner, Harvey and Gee next weekend in Pittsburgh leading into the break. The Mets could also spot start Carlos Torres in an alternate plan.
Satin gets the start against Brewers' lefty Gorzelanny
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' reshuffled starting rotation meant that left-hander Tom Gorzelanny took the mound Sunday instead of right-hander Wily Peralta.
What it meant for the Mets was that Josh Satin earned the start at first base over Ike Davis, who has reached base in seven of his 11 plate appearances since returning to the big leagues Friday.
"We've said since we talked about Ike coming back, Josh Satin deserves some at-bats," manager Terry Collins said, noting that the switch does not signify a first-base platoon. "I think he's earned them. So here's a situation where this guy is hitting .450 against left-handed pitching, and certainly deserves his opportunity to be in the lineup. So I thought I'd put him in there today."
When Davis returned to the Majors, supplanting Satin as the everyday first baseman, Collins hinted that Satin might begin seeing time in the outfield. He backed off that assertion on Sunday, saying it's "hard to say" if Satin will ever start in the outfield.
"It's one thing shagging balls in batting practice, and he has done that, and he's done a nice job going after them," Collins said. "I've watched him. It's another thing to do it in a game, where we continue to try to put guys out of position, and it comes back to burn you sometimes. So you've got to be careful."
Satin, a natural corner infielder, started two games in the outfield this season for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Buck accidentally interferes with Sausage Race
MILWAUKEE -- John Buck heard the boos. How could he not? He had just committed one of the worst faux pas a visiting player can make at Miller Park.
Buck interfered with the Sausage Race.
Heading out of the dugout between innings Saturday, Buck quite simply did not look where he was going. Had he kept his head up, he would have seen the brat, Polish sausage, Italian sausage, chorizo and hot dog bearing down on him, in what has become a daily Miller Park tradition. Instead, Buck slowed down the race as he weaved through the sprinting sausages on his way to home plate.
"I was just coming out of the dugout like I normally do," Buck said. "Then all of the sudden I felt like I had a big wiener over me."
Almost immediately, boos came raining down.
"They were not happy about it," Buck said. "They were probably happy I struck out after that. I messed up their wiener race."