Mets Notebook: Bad news for Matsui

Mets Notebook for March 18: Kaz Matsui gets some bad news regarding his right knee ... new stadium image leaked ... SportsNet New York still working out the kinks ...

Last game: Mets 7, Dodgers 7. The two teams called it a night after 10 innings Friday, a game that featured Jeff Keppinger lacing a three-run triple, a double and scoring a run, while Victor Diaz homered. Steve Trachsel allowed three earned runs in 4-1/3 innings.

More than expected: Even Kaz Matsui was surprised at the diagnosis on his sprained medial collateral ligament – three weeks with no baseball action and, almost certainly, out of the lineup for Opening Day.

Matsui injured his right knee sliding into second base against the Braves Thursday, and when the results of an MRI were delivered Friday, Anderson Hernandez's chances of making the Opening Day roster became much, much brighter.

Keppinger's role could improve as well, although it's generally thought that Hernandez has a leg up over Keppinger based upon range and potential, regardless of the fact that Hernandez has played a lot of shortstop while Jose Reyes has been away at the World Baseball Classic.

Chris Woodward and Jose Valentin should also see time at second base during the rest of the exhibition schedule.

One wonders what Bret Boone must be thinking.

Sneak preview: The Mets have not formally held a press conference to announce the plans for their new stadium – that's expected to take place sometime next month – but an image of the yet-to-be-named Mets Ballpark pops up on page 39 of the team's media guide.

For an Ebbets Field-esque stadium plan that was originally hatched with a retractable roof, a retractable field, and designed in a model that featured Todd Hundley on the scoreboard in left-center field, this one looks like a winner.

For the record, the new sketch has David Wright on the scoreboard in right-center, a far more likely bet to be on the Mets' active roster when Opening Day 2009 arrives.

Still plenty of time: Scheduling SportsNet New York to broadcast a handful of Spring Training games appears to have been a good idea. The kinks are still being worked out – last night's game was apparently broadcast commercial-free due to a power issue.

Coming up: Mike Pelfrey is on the mound as the Mets take on the Braves in a 1:10 p.m. exhibition Saturday from Tradition Field, televised on WB-11. Juan Perez, John Maine and Billy Wagner will also pitch for the Mets, who will get a look at impressive Atlanta southpaw Chuck James.

Another half of the Mets are up in Viera, Fla., where Yusaku Iriki starts against the Nationals in a split-squad affair.

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