Notes: Fans rewarded for patience

Notes: Fans rewarded for patience

NEW YORK -- After slogging through a three-hour and seven-minute rain delay on Wednesday, Mets fans who made the trek out to Shea earned a generous reward.

For the inconvenience of the delay, the Mets are offering all ticket holders for the May 16th game free tickets for one of three games against Minnesota, June 18-20.

To receive their new seats, fans must mail their May 16 tickets to: Mets Ticket Office, Shea Stadium, Flushing, NY 11368, and include their name, address, phone number and first- and second-game choice. Tickets are subject to availability, and the offer expires June 4.

Suspension handed down: It hasn't been a good week for Lino Urdaneta.

Sent down to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday for some additional seasoning, Urdaneta won't be earning that experience anytime soon. Not after Major League Baseball suspended the 27-year-old reliever 50 games on Wednesday for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

"The policy seems to be working right now," said general manager Omar Minaya, "because these cheats are getting caught."

Urdaneta's suspension comes a week after Mets Minor League pitcher Jorge Reyes was suspended 100 games for a second offense of the same policy. And it comes an offseason after Guillermo Mota, too, was suspended for 50 games.

Urdaneta was recently promoted to the Majors in favor of the demoted Ambiorix Burgos, who broke camp with the big club. But the Mets swapped the two pitchers right back on Monday, after the minimum 10 days had elapsed.

In two appearances with the Mets, Urdaneta allowed one run in a combined one inning.

"I would be disappointed if one person was found guilty of that," Minaya said. "We will continue to educate as much as we can on this matter."

Milledge mouthing: When Lastings Milledge spoke of his other profession -- music -- in March, he said this: "I'm going to stay behind the scenes. What people will look at ... my image, I want to keep that clean." He was speaking as the president of Soulja BoI Records, Inc.

Now his fledgling career in the music industry has caused a stir with the Mets. Their Triple-A outfielder has produced a recording to be included on a forthcoming album that includes objectionable lyrics.

"I had to let him know that we just don't approve," said Minaya. "I think he understood that."

Minaya said he will meet with ownership and his executive team before deciding whether or not to discipline Milledge for the song.

Milledge, 22, participates in the recording of "Bend Ya Knees," on an album that he produced for his friend, Immanuel Dent, identified as Manny D for professional reasons.

Assigned to the roster of the Mets New Orleans affiliate, Milledge is currently on the disabled list with a ligament strain in his right foot. He had been batting .333 in 39 Triple-A at-bats before the injury.

Injury reports: The news remains stalled on injured outfielder Moises Alou, as the Mets continue to wait until they need his roster spot for a pitcher to start Thursday. He remains slightly worse than day-to-day.

First baseman Carlos Delgado felt fine a day after bruising his left pinky on a Carlos Zambrano pitch. He was in the lineup on Wednesday, batting in his regular cleanup slot.

Starter Orlando Hernandez responded well to his 60-pitch simulated game, and will likely pitch one more simulated game on Monday before rejoining the Mets.

This date in Mets history -- May 17: Winning his third start of the season and his third straight start, David Cone put his record at 5-0, en route to 7-0, on this date in 1988. He and Randy Myers combined for a six-hit, 14-strikeout shutout in a 1-0 victory against the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium. The last of Keith Hernandez's 98 career stolen bases was instrumental in the Mets scoring against Mark Davis in the eighth inning.

Steve Trachsel allowed home runs by Rickey Henderson, Ryan Klesko, Alan Trammell and Alex Arias and seven runs in the third inning of the Mets' 15-3 loss to the Padres at Shea on this date in 2001. His record at 1-6 after eight starts, Trachsel accepted a demotion to the Minor Leagues after that game. Upon his return to the big leagues, he won 10 of 17 decisions.

Trachsel's four-in-one inning was one of 24 in big-league history. Other pitchers to endure the indignity included Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter and John Smoltz. Since Trachsel, remarkably, there have been nine four-in-one innings, including one by Chase Wright of the Yankees against the Red Sox on April 22. A year later, Trachsel faced the Padres again, this time in San Diego. And he surrendered a home run to his first batter, D'Angelo Jimenez. But the Mets won, 13-4, behind Trachsel and four RBIs from Mike Piazza.

Coming up: The Mets and Cubs wrap up their four-game series with a Thursday matinee at Shea. Triple-A lefty Jason Vargas is the good bet to earn a spot start for the Mets, though the team has yet to make an official announcement. Whomever pitches will oppose Cubs right-hander Angel Guzman.

Anthony DiComo is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.