Breaking down roster scenarios for Mets when Jed Lowrie returns – SNY.tv


After missing the first month and change of the season due to a knee injury, the Mets could be gettingJed Lowrieback on Friday when they return to Citi Field.

When it comes to playing time after Lowrie returns, it should shake out like this most days:

Lowrie at third base (relegating the strugglingTodd Frazierto the bench),Amed Rosarioat shortstop,Robinson Canoat second base,Pete Alosoat first base.

When it comes to who the Mets remove from the 25-man roster to make room for Lowrie, things get trickier. Here are the likeliest potential roster casualties:

Adeiny Hechavarria

As long as the Mets are sticking withAmed Rosario as their starting shortstop– and they should be — Hechavarria is the player it could make the most sense to drop for Lowrie. In a world where the Mets stick with Rosario (who is hitting .280/.317/.417 while working through his defensive issues), he’ll be playing nearly every day at shortstop. And on days when Rosario sits, the Mets can shift Lowrie to shortstop. New York has the option of outrighting Hechavarria off the roster and trying to pass him through waivers. And if he passes through, he will be unable to elect free agency and retain his salary,The Athletic’s Tim Britton recently noted. Instead, the Mets will be able to assign him to the minors.

J.D. Davis

While it might make more sense to drop Hechavarria, it seems there’s a strong chance the roster casualty for Lowrie could be Davis, who has barely played since Frazier came back. When Lowrie returns, he’ll likely replace Frazier at third base — leaving Davis in the same position he’s been in for the last few weeks. Davis is also the only player on this list who can be safely optioned to the minors without having to pass through waivers. 

Keon Broxton

Broxton has been abysmal this season, hitting .156/.224/.178 in 49 plate apperances over 29 games. And his defensive miscue in right field last week literally cost the Mets a game against the Brewers. But the Mets saw something in the 29-year-old Broxton when they traded prospects for him in the offseason, and they have three years of team control remaining on him beyond this season at a relatively low cost. He’s also out of options, meaning the Mets would have to DFA him and hope he passes through waivers. It’s hard to see them taking that risk right now. 

Juan Lagares

This would be incredibly unexpected, but Lagares is listed here because he and Broxton (both right-handed hitting, defense-first backup outfielders) are redundant. He is also listed here because this is almost certainly his last year with the Mets. The Mets would be eating the remainder of his $9 million salary if they DFA’d him, so this would likely have to be a trade. But again, don’t expect it. 

What should the Mets do?

The easiest thing to do is option Davis to Triple-A Syracuse. But if they’re carrying the best 25 players — as GMBrodie Van Wagenenand managerMickey Callawayhave preached — Davis belongs on the roster. Even if it’s simply as a right-handed power bat off the bench.

If the Mets are truly keeping the best 25 players (as of now), the choice is simple — Broxton. But if they’re looking at the big picture and hoping Broxton starts playing better (and they should be), the better choice at the moment is to drop Hechavarria. If they do that, though, they’re still dealing with a redundancy on the roster with Broxton and Lagares. But that can be dealt with at a later date.

It should be noted that the Mets also have the option of delaying their decision a few days by simply placingSteven Matzon the IL when Lowrie returns, though that would mean carrying only 11 pitchers. They could also try to trade Frazier (not likely). Another option is sendingBrandon Nimmoto the minors, but that would be extreme and shortsighted. 

So this seems likely to come down Hechavarria and Davis. And the clock is ticking. 


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May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (middle) celebrate after defeating the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (middle) celebrate after defeating the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Following Pete Alonso’s ninth-inning heroicsTuesday night, the Mets face the Padres Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. on SNY looking to win the three-game series.

Mets notes

The Mets are seeking their first series win since they took a three-game set from the Phillies on April 22-24. … Alonso, who mashed ago-ahead, two-run home run Tuesday to put the Mets ahead, leads the majors with nine homers and 22 RBI after the seventh inning, and he’s hitting .409 with a 1.516 OPS after the seventh. Overall, he has 11 homers and 31 RBI. … Alonso’s 11 homers are already tied for second-most in the first half by a rookie in franchise history along with Ike Davis (2010) and Benny Agbayani (1999.) Ron Swoboda holds the Mets’ rookie first-half homer record with 15 in 1965. … Wilmer Font will make his Mets debut as he draws the start. … Seth Lugo is on a streak of 10.1 scoreless innings dating back to April 22. … J.D. Davis gets just his fourth start since April 20.


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Mets rookiePete Alonsomurdered a baseball on Tuesday night in San Diego.

The original video of Alonso’s moonshot and bat flip (which almost hit the ump because of Alonso’s sticky hands due to pine tar) has been making the rounds. Here’s another angle, showing the bat flip in all its glory:

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Just two days after he was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later, Font will be thrusted into a big spot right away in his Mets debut this afternoon as the Amazins play the series finale of their three-game set with San Diego.

The interesting thing about this is that Font isn’t your typical starter. In fact, of his 37 big-league appearances, only five were starting assignments, and even some of those weren’t your garden variety, with Font being deployed as the “opener” in Tampa Bay’s bullpen game strategy.

Still, the potential is there for Font to come through with a useful outing in his first game in blue and orange. Although he sports some undesirable numbers in the early going, that came exclusively as a reliever.


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Top 10 Citi Field Home Runs
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Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Home Runs in Citi Field history! First up at #10, Ike Davis with a walk off grand slam in April 2014!

To celebrate another season of Citi donating to@NoKidHungry, for each HR the Mets hit at home through Citi Community Home Runs, we’re replaying the top HRs in Citi Field history.

Leading off,Ike Davisdelivers the W in grand fashion over Cincinnati during Opening Week in 2014! #CCHR


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May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a two run home run during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a two run home run during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

In the burgeoning rivalry between Pete Alonso and Chris Paddack, Alonso fired the latest salvo — not with his mouth, with his bat. And Alonso now has the upper hand.

That was made clear by the furious look on Paddack’s face Tuesday night after Alonso blasted a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning to give the Mets a two-run lead. 


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May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (middle) celebrate after defeating the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (middle) celebrate after defeating the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Mets (17-19, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) came back from a late 5-2 deficit to beat the Padres and snap a four-game losing streak. They wrap up their three-game series with the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. on SNY.

Here’s what went down on Tuesday, in case you missed it:


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Mets talk big Alonso homer
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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso explains how he felt during his go-ahead homer as well as what Manny Machado said to him about it.

It is hard to imagine where he Mets would be withoutPete Alonso. 

The rookie slugger, who declared Tuesday’s game against the Padres ad a“must win,”snapped the Mets four-game losing streak with a four RBI day at the plate, including a go-ahead ninth inning two-run home run off the facade of the Toyota building at petco Park in the 7-6 win. 

“It was awesome. Just really pumped,” Alonso said after the game.” Got a pitch to drive., capitalized on it and to put us up like that felt really good.” 


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Mets beat Padres 7-6
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New York Mets end their losing streak behind Pete Alonso’s 4 RBI night capped by a ‘majestic’ home run in the 9th inning to take the lead.

The Mets snapped their four-game losing streak on Tuesday with dramatic, 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.>Box score

Six things to know about Monday’s game

1) Pete Alonsosaid Tuesday was a “must-win” game and, boy, he certainly played like it. The rookie slugger delivered in a big way, going 3-for-5 with four RBI, including a go-ahead two-run home run in the ninth inning that featured an emphatic bat flip. 


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Michael Conforto , Noah Syndergaard , Pete Alonso , Robinson Cano , San Diego Padres

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Cano tallies 2,500th hit
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New York Mets second baseman launches a deep ground-rule double to collect his 2,500th hit of his career.


SNY’s Gary Apple is back with the latest addition of “Irrational Tweet Theatre,” where he takes on the questions and comments from Mets Twitter…


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Aug 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Dom Smith being optioned down to Triple-A Syracuse was a shocker to Mets fans. But to other teams, it came a good chance at an opportunity. 

Just asSNY contributor Anthony McCarronwrote when the move went down, it was the right call by the Mets to send Smith down. He may have been performing well, but there is no true spot on the team for him other than a left-handed bat off the bench. Pete Alonso is a mainstay at first base after his stellar April, and there isn’t enough room in the outfield for him to be explored there further. 

Other teams around the league recognize this, and according toMLB.com’s Marc Feinsand, they are targeting him for a potential trade situation with New York.


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Dominic Smith,

Scott Thompson

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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Jed Lowrie could finally be making his Mets debut this week. 

Manager Mickey Callaway told reporters before the game against the Padres Tuesday night that there is a “chance” Lowrie will make his debut this Friday against the Marlins.

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May 1, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Wilmer Font (62) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 1, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Wilmer Font (62) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

WithSteven MatzandJason Vargassidelined, the Mets decided to use newcomerWilmer Fontto spot start on Wednesday against the Padres. 

The Mets acquired Font, 28, on Monday from the Rays and while he has mostly been used as a reliever he isstretched out to make a start. 

Font threw 59 pitches over three innings on May 1 in relief and the Mets plan to use him for about 75 pitches or so on Wednesday. 


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Apr 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Noah Syndergaardtakes the ball for the Mets as they try and snap a four-game losing streak on Tuesday against the Padres at Petco Park 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

The Mets’ four-game skid is the first time they have lost four in a row since July 31-Aug. 3 last season. … The Mets’ offense continues to struggle, scoring just three or fewer runs in each of their last six games, the longest streak since the club scored three or fewer runs in 11 consecutive games last June. … Brandon Nimmo is looking to bust out of an 0-for-26 slump in the seventh spot while Todd Frazier is 2-for-his-last-26 and batting eighth. …Robinson Cano is one hit shy of career No. 2,500, which would make him the sixth player from the Dominican Republic to reach that mark. 


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Brandon Nimmo , Noah Syndergaard , Robinson Cano , San Diego Padres , Todd Frazier

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Feb 24, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Tim Tebow (15) at bat Houston Astros at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 24, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Tim Tebow (15) at bat Houston Astros at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Tim Tebowis still receiving interest to play football, this time from the XFL. 

Per SI.com, XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck approached the Mets’ 31-year-old prospect at the Clemson-Alabama NCAA national championship game in January and “informally gauged” Tebow’s football interest. 

Tebow, however, remains committed to pursuing a baseball career with the Mets but is struggling thus far in Triple-A Syracuse. 


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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

The bad news is the Mets look like the same train wreck we witnessed during managerMickey Callaway‘s first season in 2018. The good news is that, despite being 16-19, they’re just 3.5 games back of the first-place Phillies, who are 19-15.

We also know from 2015 and 2016 that in, MLB success is often dictated not by how a team starts but by how they finish. In 2015 they began the year 13-3, dipped to 36-37 in late-June, but after several midseason additions and winning 62 percent of their final 60 games, they reached the playoffs and got to the World Series.

The same turnaround happened in 2016, but ended with a loss to the Giants in the Wild Card game. The point is that it’s early, there are still 127 games to be played, all sorts of trades, injuries and luck will play out and, though it may seem hopeless, there are still plenty of chances for the Mets to turn things around and have a successful season.


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Amed Rosario , Brandon Nimmo , Dominic Smith , Edwin Diaz , Jason Vargas , Jeurys Familia , Luis Guillorme , Paul Sewald , Steven Matz , Todd Frazier,

Matthew Cerrone

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Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Mets have remained in touch with free agent starting pitcherDallas Keuchel. Here’s the latest…


May 7, 11:52 AM:

Refusing to accept less than what the analytics say he is worth, Keuchel has turned down “numerous” offers as he looks out for his “well-being,”he explained to Yahoo’s Tim Brown.


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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Injuries have decimated the Yankees at almost every position this season, but the front office expects to focus on acquiring starting pitching before the July 31 trade deadline, according to major league sources.

WithLuis SeverinoandJames Paxtonon the injured list andMasahiro Tanaka‘s partially torn elbow ligament always on the team’s mind, the Yankees view rotation help as the most pressing need. After the amateur draft ends on June 5, the team will turn its focus to that pursuit.

An acquisition could come either in the form of a trade or of a signing of free agentDallas Keuchel. The Yankees are not willing to sign Keuchel before the draft, which would mean sacrificing a pick. But once the draft passes, they will view the former Cy Young winner as a viable short-term upgrade.


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James Paxton , Luis Severino , Masahiro Tanaka , Noah Syndergaard , Zack Wheeler,

Andy Martino

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May 4, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a solo home run in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 4, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a solo home run in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Forget the individual accolades and personal recognitions.Pete Alonsojust wants to win — and do more of it sooner. 

The rookie called Tuesday’s game against the Padres “a must” win for the club. The Mets have lost four in a row and dropped five of their last six and find themselves three games under .500 (16-19) for the first time this season. 

The comments stemmed from hisback-and-forthwith San Diego starterChris Paddack, whoshut the Mets downin Monday’s loss. Alonso, however, focused on the broader picture than the individual battle. 


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May 6, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Chris Paddack (59) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 6, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Chris Paddack (59) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Mets (16-19, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) were shut out by the Padres as they lost their fourth-straight game and fell three games under .500 for the first time this season. They continue their three-game series with the Padres in San Diego on Monday night at 10:10 on SNY.

Here’s what went down on Monday, in case you missed it:


In the Mets’ loss to the Padres,Chris Paddack— who openly challengedPete Alonsobefore the game — dominated New York for 7.2 innings as he stalked and screamed around the mound>>Read more


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Jason Vargas , Jay Bruce , Noah Syndergaard , Steven Matz,

Danny Abriano

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Mets lose 4th straight game
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Mickey Callaway, Pete Alonso and Jacob deGrom talk about the pitching duel between deGrom and Padres rookie Chris Paddack

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso said he thought Padres rookie starting pitcher Chris Paddack “could have been a little jealous” over winning the National League Rookie of the Month for April.

“If he was upset about it, I’m assuming he could have been a little jealous,” Alonso said after going 0-for-3 against Paddack in Monday’s 4-0 loss to the Padres. “He had a helluva first month. … I’m happy to win it. If he was mad about that, there’s five other months.”

Paddackcalled out Alonso prior to Monday’s game, saying, “I’m coming for him. We’ll see Monday who the top dog is.”


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Mets lose 4th straight
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Rookie Chris Paddack struck out a career-high eleven Mets in the Padres 4-0 shutout win

WhileJacob deGromhad a strong outing, he was outdueled by Padres rookieChris Paddackas the Mets lost to San Diego 4-0 on Monday at Petco Park.>Box score

Five things to know about Monday’s game

1) DeGrom (2-4, 3.60 ERA) struck out seven batters in seven innings, giving up four hits and two runs, retiring 12 of the first 13 batters he faced before surrendering a solo homer toHunter Renfroe.


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Jacob deGrom , Michael Conforto , Pete Alonso , San Diego Padres

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws the ball against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws the ball against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Jacob deGromand the Mets begin a three-game series againstChris Paddackand the San Diego Padres on Monday at 10:10 p.m. at Petco Park on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have lost three games in a row and are 3-8 over their last 11 games. …Pete Alonsois in the midst of a 4-for-23 slump since April 30 that has dropped his batting average from .304 to .280 and his OPS from 1.065 to .964. … Over his last 10 games,Jeff McNeilis slashing .317/.391/.415 with non home runs and two RBIs.


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New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz reacts after giving up a hit in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz reacts after giving up a hit in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets LHP Steven Matz has avoided the injured list for now after undergoing tests on his elbow and receiving a cortisone shot, manager Mickey Callaway said before Monday’s game against the Padres.

Matz will not make Wednesday’s scheduled start after he traveled back to New York with a nerve issue in his forearm. Callaway said the newly-acquired Wilmer Font could be an option to start Wednesday, though the team hasn’t made anything official yet.

Tests did not reveal any structural damage in Matz’s elbow, SNY’s Andy Martino reported, which the team views as optimistic. 


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Jason Vargas , Steven Matz,

Danny Abriano

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Jay Bruce on Mets experience
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Jay Bruce reflects on his experience playing for the Mets

The Mets traded for Jay Bruce at the 2016 trade deadline, dealt him at the 2017 deadline, signed him in January 2018 and traded him again last December.

In his words, “I wish it could have gone better, I really do.”

Bruce, returning to New York as a member of the Mariners, who face the Yankees on Monday, opened up about his bumpy two and a half years with the Mets, which saw a 2016 playoff run, an underwhelming 2017 season and an injury-plagued 2018 campaign.


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Andy Martino and Nelson Figueroa help kick off your week with an all-new Shea Anything podcast! They go exploring for the Mets’ lost offense, and explore why it’s gone cold. Nelson also does a deep dive on the seasons ofNoah SyndergaardandZack Wheelerso far, and the guys look at the not-too-deep depth of the Mets starting rotation, as injuries mount andDallas Keuchelremains “out there.”

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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Noah Syndergaard‘s one-man show performance last week against the Reds did not go unnoticed. 

The Mets right-hander was named National League Player of the Week on Monday for his complete-game shutout against the Reds on May 2.

Syndergaard struck out 10 and walked one while allowing just four hits in the 1-0 victory. 


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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

Is it wise to poke a polar bear? Padres RHPChris Paddackis about to find out.

“He’s a great player, no doubt,” Paddack told Dennis Lin of The Athletic about Mets rookiePete Alonso. “Does he deserve (the Rookie of the Month honor)? Absolutely. But I’m coming for him. We’ll see Monday who the top dog is. That’s something I’m looking forward to, for sure. And I’m not saying that in a cocky way. I’m saying that because I know what I want, just like I’m sure he knows what he wants. It’ll be a fun little matchup.”

Paddack was referring above to the honor that was given to Alonso for hitting .292/.382/.642 with nine homers, five doubles, one triple, and 23 RBI in April. 


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Danny Abriano

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 (Dolly Faibyshev)
(Dolly Faibyshev)

SNY broadcasting analyst Ron Darling announced Monday afternoon that he has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  

“After the removal of the mass on my chest along with further tests, I have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer,” Darling said. “My doctors have said they are optimistic that the cancer is treatable and that I would be back on air talking baseball in the next month or so. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their continued support.”

SNY President Steve Raab said of Darling: “We are encouraged by Ron’s doctor’s prognosis and optimism. We will continue to wish the best for Ron as he focuses on his health and getting better each day, so he can be back in the booth alongside Gary and Keith.”


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May 1, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Wilmer Font (62) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 1, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Wilmer Font (62) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Metsswung a tradefor Rays relieverWilmer Fonton Monday, and while Font could help a depleted relief corps that is currently withoutJeurys Familia,Justin Wilson, andLuis Avilan. he could also be an option for the starting rotation.

Font has a 5.79 ERA (3.50 FIP) and 1.42 WHIP this season and has struck out 18 batters in 14 innings (10 appearances). He had a 1.67 ERA (3.98 FIP) and 0.96 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 27 innings for the Rays last season.

Here’s the gist on Font…


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Jason Vargas , Jeurys Familia , Justin Wilson , Steven Matz,

Danny Abriano

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Apr 5, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Wilmer Font (62) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports (Darren Yamashita)
Apr 5, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Wilmer Font (62) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports (Darren Yamashita)

The Mets are getting some help for their bullpen. 

On Monday the acquired Rays relieverWilmer Fontfor cash or a player to be named later, perAnthony DiComo of MLB.com

Font, 28, has allowed nine runs in 15 innings (5.79 ERA) this year but has the makeup to be a key depth piece in the pen. 


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Mets lose Vargas, get swept
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Mickey Callaway and Jason Vargas on Vargas’ injured hamstring and the Mets continued struggles on offense

The Mets placed LHP Jason Vargas on the injured list on Monday due to a hamstring injury he suffered Sunday against the Brewers.

New York does not believe the injury to be considered serious, SNY’s Andy Martino reports, and Vargas is eligible to return on May 16. 

Vargas was lifted after four innings and 50 pitches on Sunday, a day after an 18-inning marathon game, due to “mild hamstring tightess.”


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Lefthander Anthony Kay (Courtesy UConn Athletics)
Lefthander Anthony Kay (Courtesy UConn Athletics)

Every Monday, we’ll be taking a look at how the Mets’ top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankingsare in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 2) — ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez — who is the Mets’ No. 2 prospect by default (MLB.com has not yet removedPete Alonso‘s No. 1 prospect status)  — is viewed by most minor league experts as one of the best 50 or so prospects in baseball.

After opening the season by hitting .283/.345/.453 over his first 12 games, Gimenez has hit a cold snap before recently emerging. He has eight hits (including a double and triple) in his last 27 at-bats. Overall, he is hitting .250/.314/.380 in 23 games (92 at-bats).


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May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader (71) shows emotion as he strikes out the last New York Mets batter in the ninth inning at Miller Park. Milwaukee Brewers won 3-2. The Milwaukee Brewers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)
May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader (71) shows emotion as he strikes out the last New York Mets batter in the ninth inning at Miller Park. Milwaukee Brewers won 3-2. The Milwaukee Brewers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

The Mets (16-18, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) were swept out of Milwaukee as they fell two games under .500 for the first time this season. They open a three-game series with the Padres in San Diego on Monday night at 10:10 on SNY.

Here’s what went down on Sunday, in case you missed it:


In the Mets’ loss to the Brewers, they once again had trouble scoring runs and once again played terrible defense>>Read more


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Jason Vargas , Steven Matz , Travis d’Arnaud,

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Apr 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Keon Broxton (23) catches a fly ball against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Apr 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Keon Broxton (23) catches a fly ball against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Keon Broxtonis no stranger to the confines of the Miller Park outfield. 

Acquired by the Mets this offseason from the Brewers to bolster outfield depth, Broxton has seen limited playing time in a crowded outfield that now featuresJeff McNeilon a nearly daily basis. 

Inserted into Sunday’s starting lineup following the 18-inning marathon loss on Saturday, Broxton — who’d spent the previous three seasons in Milwaukee — made a costly misplay in right field with nobody out and a man on second.Orlando Arciaroped a 1-2 offering fromJason Vargasto right, and Broxton initially broke in on the ball. He could not recover in time or get a glove on the ball, and it was hit hard enough that it carried over his head and rolled to the wall. 


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Brewers sweep Mets
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Christian Yelich returned to the lineup and launched a two-run homer to help the Brewers complete a sweep of the Mets

A defensive miscue led to the only three Brewers runs and cost the Mets a game as they lost, 3-2, to get swept out of Milwaukee and fall two games under .500.>>Box score


Five things to know about Sunday’s game…

1)A day after the Mets played 18 innings in a heartbreaking loss,Mickey Callaway/Brodie Van Wagenenrolled out a lineup that was withoutJeff McNeil(Callaway said he needed a day),Michael Conforto,Robinson Cano, andWilson Ramos.J.D. Davis, who has hit well while being a detriment defensively, was also out of the lineup. All except Ramos eventually pinch-hit. 


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Jason Vargas , Jeff McNeil , Juan Lagares , Michael Conforto , Robinson Cano , Tyler Bashlor , Wilson Ramos,

Danny Abriano

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Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we’ll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams…


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

The 19-year-old Kelenic, the prized prospect the Mets included in the Diaz/Cano deal, is tearing the cover off the ball for Low-A West Virginia — where he recently hit four homers in four games. 


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Asdrubal Cabrera , Curtis Granderson , Jay Bruce , Jenrry Mejia , Matt Harvey , Wilmer Flores,

Danny Abriano

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Apr 19, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 19, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

The Mets will look to avoid being swept in Milwaukee on Sunday with Jason Vargas taking the mound for the 2:10 p.m. first pitch. 

Mets notes

It’s been quite the up-and-down season forBrandon Nimmo. He’s hitless in his last six games and is currently in the midst of an 0-for-22 skid since April 28, but is batting third Sunday. … The Mets have scored three or fewer runs in their last four games and they’ve scored 26 runs over their last 10. The team is hitting .212 during that stretch. … Pete Alonsohit his 10th homer Saturday tie up the game at 2 in the ninth. Eight of his homers have come in the seventh inning or later, which leads the Major Leagues. Alonso leads all rookies in home runs, RBI (27) and OPS (.994). … Even against a right-handed pitcher, the Mets haveRobinson Cano,Michael ConfortoandJeff McNeil(all lefties) on the bench after Saturday night’s 18-inning marathon loss. 


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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

It appearsTravis d’Arnaudhas already landed on his feet. 

The former Mets catcher was in the Dodgers’ clubhouse Sunday in San Diego. The Mets announced last Sunday they designated him for assignment and he was formally released later in the week. 

d’Aarnaud underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2018 and the Mets tendered him a contract worth more than $3 million for this season. But his time asWilson Ramos‘ backup ended — along with his six-year tenure in New York — when he began the season in a 2-for-25 slump and the Mets’ desire to move Tomas Nido into the backup role. 


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Earlier this week, afterNoah Syndergaardtold reporters that gripping a baseball on a cold night has felt like trying to throw an ice cube, I texted a former Mets reliever (now pitching with another team) to ask if he agreed.

“These baseballs suck,” he replied. “They’re more slick and the seams are more smooth and hard to grip.”

I asked what happens if he roughs up the ball, to which he responded that it’s pointless to do when the umpire puts a new ball in play nearly every other pitch.


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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

A day after their bullpen tossed 10.1 innings during Saturday night’s 18-inning loss to the Brewers, the Mets have called upTyler BashlorandTim Petersonfrom Triple-A Syracuse.

WithJustin Wilsonset to be activated off the IL as early as Monday, there are two reasons why it made sense for the Mets to demoteChris Flexenas one way to make room:

1. Flexen, no matter how he performed on Saturday night (he performed badly) was likely destined to return to Triple-A once Wilson returned.


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Edwin Diaz , Robert Gsellman , Seth Lugo,

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Jun 29, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Major League Baseball umpire Angel Hernandez (5) looks on during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Jun 29, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Major League Baseball umpire Angel Hernandez (5) looks on during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

With the Mets clinging to a one-run lead in the 18th inning on Saturday night in Milwaukee, they hoped they could get one more scoreless inning fromChris Flexen— their last pitcher in the bullpen, both in a figurative and literal sense.

Flexen walkedEric Thamesto open the inning, gotMike Moustakasto fly out for the first out, and walkedYasmani Grandalto put runners on first and second.

Travis Shawthen stepped to the plate and Flexen threw three of four pitches for strikes. The only problem? Home plate umpireAngel Hernandezruled that all four were balls. Shaw was awarded first base, the tying run moved to third base, and the winning run moved to second base…


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May 4, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) tosses out Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ben Gamel (not pictured) in the ninth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 4, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) tosses out Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ben Gamel (not pictured) in the ninth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

The Mets (16-17, 2.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) lost their second-straight game to the Brewers on Saturday night — falling after taking a lead in the 18th inning. They wrap up their series with the Brewers on Sunday at 2:10 p.m. in Milwaukee.

Here’s what went down on Saturday, in case you missed it:


In the Mets’ heartbreaking 18-inning loss to the Brewers in Milwaukee, they tied things up in the ninth inning whenPete Alonsosmashed a solo homer to right field. After New York took the lead in the top of the 18th,Chris Flexencoughed it all up in the bottom half>>Read more


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May 4, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) slides into second base with a double before the tag by New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) in the 14th inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 4, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) slides into second base with a double before the tag by New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) in the 14th inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Amed Rosario made two more errors in the Mets’ brutal 4-3, 18-inning loss Saturday night and made another bad play on which he wasn’t penalized. He now leads the National League with nine errors.

“It’s just not happening for him,” Mickey Callaway said. “He’s a diligent worker. He’ll work through it. There’s no doubt that he’s not gonna let it bother him coming to the field.”


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Brewers beat Mets in 18 innings
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The Mets played a marathon in Milwaukee and fell short, losing to the Brewers, 4-3, in 18 innings after letting a late lead get away.





Pete Alonso HR ties the game
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Pete Alonso launches his 10th home run of the year to get the Mets even in Milwaukee in the top of the 9th inning on Saturday night.

Pete Alonso came through in the clutch once again.

With the Mets trailing 2-1 entering the ninth, Alonso led off the inning with a first-pitch solo homer to right-center to tie the game and help get the game to extra innings.


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The Mets will look to avoid being swept in Milwaukee on Sunday with Jason Vargas taking the mound for the 2:10 p.m. first pitch. 

Mets notes


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Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a game winning walkoff sacrifice fly against the Cincinnati Reds during the tenth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a game winning walkoff sacrifice fly against the Cincinnati Reds during the tenth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Even as his bat has cooled a bit, the raves keep coming forPete Alonsoas he continues to make believers throughout the baseball community, not only with his missile-launches but also his advanced approach at the plate that makes him much more than an all-or-nothing slugger.

That rare combination earned him recognition last week as the National League’s Rookie of the Month for April, as well as comparisons via the MLB Network to the likes ofMark McGwire, Buster Posey, andJustin Turner.


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John Harper

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May 3, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets pitcher Luis Avilan (43) exits the game with an injury in the eighth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 3, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets pitcher Luis Avilan (43) exits the game with an injury in the eighth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

The Mets announced on Saturday that LHP Luis Avilan has been placed on the 10-day IL with left elbow soreness. He left Friday night’s contest against the Brewers after just 0.2 innings on the mound with the injury.

Avilan has had a rough start to his first year with the Mets, owning a 9.28 ERA and 2.06 WHIP over 10.2 innings. He’s allowed 11 earned runs and 17 hits, while striking out 11 and walking five over that span. 

This is just another step back in his campaign, and another bullpen arm the Mets are without. Jeurys Familia is also on the IL with a Bennett lesion (bone spur), as the team announced the move on Wednesday. 


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