CINCINNATI -- Veteran right-hander Vance Worley has a unique arrangement with a barber he met in Philadelphia, back when he pitched for the Phillies earlier this decade. Whenever Worley needs a haircut, he flies his barber to meet him and any teammates who want the service.Worley's Triple-A Las Vegas teammate
CINCINNATI -- Veteran right-hander Vance Worley has a unique arrangement with a barber he met in Philadelphia, back when he pitched for the Phillies earlier this decade. Whenever Worley needs a haircut, he flies his barber to meet him and any teammates who want the service.
Worley's Triple-A Las Vegas teammate Luis Guillorme was taking him up on the offer when manager Tony DeFrancesco came into the barber's quarters Tuesday and began chastising Guillorme for being late to the field before a game. DeFrancesco said he planned to fine Guillorme.
"You'll be able to afford it," DeFrancesco said, finally revealing the joke. "You're leaving tomorrow."
The Mets called Guillorme, their 10th-ranked prospect, up from Las Vegas to make his big league debut this week with Todd Frazier on the disabled list. Guillorme replaces catcher Tomas Nido, whom the Mets optioned to Triple-A.
"I'm just here to do whatever they need me to do, whether it's play second, short, third," Guillorme said, "and do whatever I need to do when I hit."
Hitting is something that has come easier to the 23-year-old Guillorme in recent seasons. Long known for his defense -- Guillorme garnered national headlines when he snagged a broken bat with his bare hand in the dugout last spring -- he broke out with a .300 average and .828 OPS in Las Vegas this year. That included six consecutive multihit games before coming to the Mets.
• X-rays were negative on the right leg of reliever Hansel Robles, who departed Tuesday's loss to the Reds due to knee discomfort. But Robles traveled back to New York on Wednesday for an MRI. The results of that test will determine if Robles can rejoin the Mets in Philadelphia or if he must go on the disabled list.
• The grip strength in Kevin Plawecki's left hand has roughly doubled in recent days, manager Mickey Callaway said, giving the Mets hope that Plawecki can advance rapidly following a quiet few weeks of rehab. Plawecki, who fractured a bone in his hand April 11, hopes to begin hitting this week. He could advance to a Minor League rehab assignment shortly thereafter.
Outfielder Jay Bruce planned to travel to Texas following Wednesday's game to be with his wife for the birth of the couple's second child. The Mets will place Bruce on paternity leave on Friday, under the expectation that he will miss all three games of their series in Philadelphia.
Acquiring a player from down the hallway isn't as simple as just having him walk from one clubhouse to another. The Mets' front office tipped their clubhouse crew off to the possibility that they could trade for Devin Mesoraco about an hour and a half before Tuesday's first pitch, setting a storm of activity into motion. Mets staffers traded uniform size information with their Reds counterparts, who dialed up an on-call seamstress to stitch Mesoraco's name onto a new uniform top.
About five minutes before first pitch, the job was complete, and Mesoraco slipped into his new threads just in time to head out to the dugout with them.
"Definitely one of the crazier things," said Dave Berni, the Mets' assistant clubhouse manager.
Honorary bat girl
Deborah Cavolo of Levittown, N.Y., who has spent the past half-decade helping cancer patients across Long Island and Queens, will serve as the Mets' Honorary Bat Girl this year.
Cavolo, who underwent a lumpectomy in 2006 and a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy in '12, founded the Breast Cancer Comfort Foundation two years later. Realizing the need for patients to receive "comfort and compassion" during their treatment, Cavolo worked with her friend to create and hand deliver baskets to cancer centers throughout the area.
Each year, all 30 clubs select an Honorary Bat Girl to take the field as part of Major League Baseball's "Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative. Because the Mets are on the road this Mother's Day, Cavolo will serve her duties at a home game later this season.
Mets players will also use pink bats (which they will later auction), caps, socks and other gear Sunday in Philadelphia, and their uniforms will feature pink ribbons. The initiative is intended to raise awareness and -- through donations and auction proceeds -- funds to fight breast cancer. MLB will again donate its royalties from Mother's Day apparel to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up To Cancer.
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.