In surprise moves on successive days, the Mets lopped off two of the young hopefuls – pitcher Dick Selma and outfielder Johnny Lewis. Both were optioned to the Jacksonville farm club in the International League, Selma on June 30 and Lewis the next day. In explaining the Selma situation, Manager Wes Westrum said: “He has a strong arm, but must learn another pitch. Right now, only his fast ball is effective and that’s not enough in the big leagues.” Selma pitched three scoreless innings the day before the demotion, but he had been ineffective with a 2-5 mark and 6.75 ERA in 46.2 innings of work. Selma has been more effective at home with a 4.28 in 12 appearances as opposed to a 10.24 ERA on the road.
As for Lewis, the outfielder batted .235 last year, but was hitting .243 when the Mets decided to send him out. During the same week, pitcher Dave Eilers was sold outright to Jacksonville. In the meantime, righthander Darrell Sutherland was recalled from Jacksonville. In addition, southpaw Gerry Arrigo was taken off the disabled list and reinstated for active duty. Arrigo had been nursing a dislocated finger.