Danny Abriano

Brooklyn, NY native. SJU alum, Writer, Editor. Beatlemaniac who plays drums, piano. 

Oct 28, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes place kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) misses a tackle as Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26) scores a touchdown on a kick return in the first half at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Oct 28, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes place kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) misses a tackle as Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26) scores a touchdown on a kick return in the first half at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Saquon is coming to the Meadowlands.

The Giants -- as had been expected for the last few weeks -- passed on taking a quarterback and instead selected Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick at the NFL Draft on Thursday night in Dallas.

With Barkley selected at No. 2, he'll receive a four-year deal worth roughly $7.8 million per season -- the fourth-highest average annual value among all running backs -- according to Spotrac...

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Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)
Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)

The Giants have tabbed who they hope will be their next franchise quarterback.

With the No. 2 pick in Thursday night's Draft in Dallas, the Giants selected UCLA QB Josh Rosen.

The Giants had been expected by many to take Penn State RB Saquon Barkley, but couldn't pass up the chance at snagging the 37-year-old Eli Manning's replacement. 

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New York Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates with teammates (AP)
New York Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates with teammates (AP)

Mets 2B Asdrubal Cabrera is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Cardinals due to a right hamstring issue, manager Mickey Callaway said, noting that Cabrera has not had an MRI. 

Wilmer Flores is starting in Cabrera's place at second base.

"His hammy was a little barking yesterday, so we decided to get him out of there," Callaway said about removing Cabrera from Tuesday night's game. "I'm sure you guys can see he wasn't moving around great during the game."

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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley plays against Ohio State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)  (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley plays against Ohio State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

If the Giants are a win-now team, they can't possibly let Penn State RB Saquon Barkley slip by them at No. 2 in Thursday night's NFL Draft, Hall of Fame WR Michael Irvin told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on Wednesday in Dallas. 

Irvin said the Giants are in a tough spot, and that it's tempting to take "that young talented quarterback" they may see at No. 2, but...

"You see a talent like a Saquon Barkley there, and you say 'whoa.' If I'm going to go with Eli (Manning) and we're trying to make that run, I don't know how you let that kid Barkley get away," Irvin said. "And especially, that's a place of need for you. To get that kind of talent at that position. I just don't see how you let it go."

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Manning and Webb talk future 00:02:07
New York Giants QBs Eli Manning and Davis Webb address their status and the possibility that the team will select a QB in the NFL Draft.

Giants QB Eli Manning has met most of the top quarterbacks and running backs who will be available in Thursday night's NFL Draft, but doesn't want to dive deep in to what might happen. Instead, he'll let the process play out and comment after. 

"I met most of the top quarterbacks before," Manning said on Wednesday at the Giants' Minicamp. "But I did get to see a few of them in the facility and I went up and talked to them just because I've been around them before. Some of the running backs, also, so I saw a few of the guys over the year. All of them are obviously good players and good people from my encounters with them, so all went well."

With the No. 2 pick, the Giants are expected to tab Penn State RB Saquon Barkley, or perhaps USC QB Sam Darnold if he slips past the Browns at No. 1. Or, they could trade back and select NC State DE Bradley Chubb or Notre Dame OL Quenton Nelson

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

The Cleveland Browns could be deciding between Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield and Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday night's NFL Draft, reports Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

The Browns had been linked most recently to USC QB Sam Darnold as their likely choice at No. 1, with Mayfield's name first thrown in the mix on Tuesday. Now, the Browns are reportedly "cooling" on Darnold.

If the Browns are legitimately interested in Mayfield at No. 1 and take him, it would throw a wrench in the Jets' reported plan to tab Mayfield at No. 3.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

The Cleveland Browns could be deciding between Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield and Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday night's NFL Draft, reports Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

The Browns had been linked most recently to USC QB Sam Darnold as their likely choice at No. 1, with Mayfield's name first thrown in the mix on Tuesday. Now, the Browns are reportedly "cooling" on Darnold.

If the Browns are legitimately interested in Mayfield or Allen at No. 1 and take one of them, it could impact the likelihood of the Giants selecting Penn State RB Saquon Barkley at No. 2.

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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (14-6) open a three-game series against the Cardinals (13-8) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Tuesday night at 8:15.

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Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) makes a pass during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) makes a pass during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

The Giants are expected by many to take RB Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick in Thursday night's NFL Draft. Or to perhaps trade back and take DE Bradley Chubb or OL Quenton Nelson.

One thing the Giants aren't expected to do? Take one of the highly-touted quarterbacks. And if they do pass them up, they will be showing confidence in the future of Eli Manning. And perhaps Davis Webb as well.

The 23-year-old Webb was selected by the Giants in the third round (87th overall) of the 2017 Draft. And in a peculiar move, he didn't see the field last season after Manning was benched. So what can he show new head coach Pat Shurmur during this week's voluntary minicamp that concludes on Draft Day?

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Harvey's future with the Mets 00:03:26
The Daily News Live panel discusses Mets pitcher Matt Harvey and his future with the team after his recent move to the bullpen.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets RHP Matt Harvey is "at a 10 with being pissed off" about his move to the bullpen, and views it as somewhere he can get his "sh*t" together. 

While he's out there, though -- whether it's short-term or long-term -- will it lead to increased velocity and actual success?

Harvey hasn't been the same since he pitched through Thoracic Outlet syndrome in 2016 (when he couldn't feel his fingers) and returned from surgery for the issue in 2017 -- a return he later said he might have rushed.

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New York Mets' Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets RHP Matt Harvey is "at a 10 with being pissed off" about his move to the bullpen, and views it as somewhere he can get his "sh*t" together. 

While he's out there, though -- whether it's short-term or long-term -- will it lead to increased velocity and actual success?

Harvey hasn't been the same since he pitched through Thoracic Outlet syndrome in 2016 (when he couldn't feel his fingers) and returned from surgery for the issue in 2017 -- a return he later said he might have rushed.

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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley plays against Ohio State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)  (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley plays against Ohio State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Former Jets QB and current SNY analyst Ray Lucas is pretty firm on who he thinks Giants GM Dave Gettleman should select with the second pick in the Draft on Thursday night.

"He's been funny in the papers, joking around and stuff -- it's a very important pick," Lucas said about Gettleman on Sunday night on SNY. "And if he doesn't take Saquon Barkley, somebody should get him drug tested."

Barkley, 21, is viewed by most as the best player in the Draft, and Gettleman didn't try to hide his feelings about him when speaking at his pre-Draft press conference last week...

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Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds.  (AP)
Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds. (AP)

Jose Reyes is the first Mets position player since Phil Linz in 1968 to open a season hitless in the first 20 at-bats of the season.

Reyes is 0-for-20. Linz went 0-for-25 before getting his first hit. 

Is Reyes at risk of being designated for assignment? Doug Williams and Andy Martino discussed that question on the Shea Anything podcast...

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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrate at the end of the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrate at the end of the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (13-4) open a four-game series with the Braves (10-7) in Atlanta on Thursday night on SNY at 7:35.

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New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall grabs his ankle after a catch against Los Angeles Chargers during second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall grabs his ankle after a catch against Los Angeles Chargers during second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants have released WR Brandon Marshall due to a failed physical, GM Dave Gettleman said on Thursday. Marshall had agreed to take a pay cut, but was released anyway, reports Kimberly A. Martin of The Washington Post.

Marshall signed a two-year deal prior to last season, and his release frees up $5.1 million in salary cap space for this season. 

The 34-year-old Marshall missed the majority of the 2017 season due to season-ending ankle surgery after tearing ligaments in Week 5.

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Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his two run single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his two run single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets lost to the Nationals in brutal fashion on Monday night, and their bats went mostly silent during Tuesday night's loss. A loss on Wednesday night would have meant a three-game sweep, and the continuation of the sky-is-falling-the-Mets-aren't-for-real narrative that was being pushed by some during the prior 48 hours.

Instead, the Mets erupted for nine runs in the eighth inning -- turning a two-run deficit in to a seven-run lead. It was punctuated by a grand slam off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes, who paused for effect before rounding the bases.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterFor all who said that Monday night's game was a defining one, Wednesday night's was as well. In fact, it arguably may be even more defining. Why? Because it's a game that the Mets likely would have lost last year. It's a game they most definitely would not have come back from, would have just given up on -- and they would have been swept by the Nationals.

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Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (12-4) will try to avoid a three-game sweep when they wrap up their series against the Nationals (9-9) at Citi Field on Wednesday night at 7:10 on SNY. 

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New York Mets pitcher Anthony Swarzak throws during the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Anthony Swarzak throws during the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets RHP Anthony Swarzak has shut down his throwing program due to lingering discomfort, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Swarzak threw a baseball on Sunday for the first time since suffering a left oblique strain and threw again on Monday, according to manager Mickey Callaway.

Swarzak, who has been out since April 1, was supposed to head to Port St. Lucie after Wednesday's game to continue his rehab, but will instead remain in New York to receive treatment. 

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FLUSHING, NY: Keith Hernandez #17 of the New York Mets watches the flight of the ball as he heads to first base during a game at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. Hernandez played for the Mets from 1983-1989. (Photo by MLB Photos via Getty Images) (MLB Photos/Getty Images)
FLUSHING, NY: Keith Hernandez #17 of the New York Mets watches the flight of the ball as he heads to first base during a game at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. Hernandez played for the Mets from 1983-1989. (Photo by MLB Photos via Getty Images) (MLB Photos/Getty Images)

He's SNY broadcaster Keith Hernandez. And he's back in his 1986 Mets uniform.

Keith and Mets manager Mickey Callaway are filming a commercial for New York Lottery on Wednesday at Citi Field, and Keith has been taking us through the process -- in the most Keith way possible.

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Feb 26, 2018; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) walks back to the dugout in the spring training game against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 26, 2018; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) walks back to the dugout in the spring training game against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

With the Mets trailing by the score of 3-2 in the sixth inning on Tuesday night and runners on first and third with one out, Mickey Callaway turned to Jose Reyes to pinch-hit.

Reyes looked badly overmatched against Nationals reliever LHP Sammy Solis -- who replaced LHP Gio Gonzalez after Reyes was announced -- and was fooled on the 2-2 fastball as he was looking for something off-speed. The result was Reyes taking a feeble, halting swing as he struck out. Along with Reyes, Callaway had Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Adrian Gonzalez, and Jose Lobaton on his bench and at his disposal in that spot. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Callaway has done a terrific job so far, but going to Reyes on Tuesday night when he had Conforto and Nimmo available was a poor choice -- regardless of Conforto and Nimmo both being left-handed hitters. In that spot, at the very least, you want someone who can hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Juan Lagares from third base. Conforto has been having terrific at-bats all season, and entered Tuesday night having reached base safely in every game he had played in. Nimmo entered the night having reached base at a .481 clip...

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Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (12-3) continue their three-game series against the Nationals (8-9) at Citi Field on Tuesday night at 7:10 on SNY. 

Mets notes...

The Mets' 12-3 start after 15 games is tied with the 1986 and 2015 squads for best in franchise history. ... The Mets have won their first five series of the season for the first time in franchise history. The 2006 team won the first four series of the season. ... The Mets are 8-1 against the NL East this season. ... The Mets' 335 OBP is the seventh-best mark in the majors...

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Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after giving up runs to the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after giving up runs to the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | There was one out in the eighth inning Monday night, the Mets up 6-1 on the Nationals. Jacob deGrom, dominant from the second-inning on, was still on the mound. The Mets were about to be 13-2, and then they weren't. 

So, what the hell happened?

As painful as it is, I'm going to re-watch the bloodbath that took place after deGrom left the game, and then react to it. Yes, after watching last night's game, with my couch bearing the brunt of my anger as it all went to crap, I'm watching the eighth inning again. Here it goes...

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Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets made repeated inquiries with the Marlins this offseason about trading for catcher J.T. Realmuto, and will "at some point try to revisit the Realmuto situation," Ken Rosenthal said Monday on Fox Sports. 

Mike Puma of the NY Post reported last week that the Mets had expressed interest in Realmuto, though he didn't specify when they reached out.

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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (12-2) open a three-game series against the Nationals (7-9) at Citi Field on Monday night at 7:10 on SNY. 

Mets notes...

The Mets' 12-2 start is the best in franchise history, and they have won their first five series of the season for the first time ever. ... The Mets are 8-0 against the NL East this season. ... Todd Frazier has a five-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in his last eight games. ... The Mets have seven come-from-behind wins this season -- tied with the Red Sox for the most in baseball. 

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Mets catchers talk injuries 00:01:39
Mets catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki talk about their injuries, which will cost d'Arnaud the season and Plawecki several weeks.

Mets C Kevin Plawecki suffered a broken left hand when he was hit by a pitch during Wednesday night's game against the Marlins in Miami, and expects to return quickly.

The injury is viewed as short-term, with Plawecki expected to return in as little as two-to-three weeks, according to SNY's Gelbs.

The Mets had given a timeframe of three-to-four weeks, though Plawecki said Friday that three weeks would be on the longer end of what he thought it would be...

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Apr 16, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) looks on from the dugout after losing to the Miami Marlins 4-2 at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 16, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) looks on from the dugout after losing to the Miami Marlins 4-2 at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets C Travis d'Arnaud will have Tommy John surgery next week to repair the torn UCL in his right elbow, it was announced Friday. The surgery will almost certainly end his season. Along with d'Arnaud, the Mets are without C Kevin Plawecki, who is expected to miss two-to-three weeks due to a hairline fracture to his left hand. 

To replace d'Arnaud and Plawecki on the roster, the Mets have called up Double-A Binghamton catcher Tomas Nido and Triple-A Las Vegas catcher Jose Lobaton. D'Arnaud was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Lobaton on the 40-man roster.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter | Well this just sucks. Is it possible for the Mets to go one season without a player needing Tommy John surgery? It doesn't feel like it is. Yes, the recovery from TJS is not as bad for a position player as it is for a pitcher, but still...

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Shea Anything: Brandon Nimmo 00:01:12
Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss the caliber of player Brandon Nimmo will be in the future.

The Mets have recalled Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned Jacob Rhame to Triple-A to make room on the roster, it was announced Friday.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Friday that one of the reasons Nimmo was called up was because the team will likely have a greater need for him to pinch-hit late in games due to the likely light offense expected from catchers Jose Lobaton and Tomas Nido.

Nimmo had been sent down on Monday, and the Mets would have had to wait at least 10 days before bringing him back up. However, he is replacing an injured player (Kevin Plawecki) on the roster, which allowed the Mets to call Nimmo up sooner. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

WR Dez Bryant was released by the Cowboys on Friday afternoon, with Bryant reportedly hinting afterwards that he might be staying in the NFC East.

Bryant, 29, had a down year in 2017, with 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games.

"I let a lot of things get in the way that bother me mentally," Bryant said late last season. "I feel like, if anything, I need to deal with in the offseason - is that. Like I said, there's only certain things I can control."

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Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets have spoken to the Marlins about trading for catcher J.T. Realmuto, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post. Realmuto, who has not yet played this season due to a back injury, requested a trade prior to the season amidst the Marlins' recent firesale. However, the Marlins are under no obligation to obey that demand. 

The 27-year-old Realmuto will earn $2.9 million this season, and is arbitration-eligible after this season and next -- before being eligible for free agency after the 2020 season.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Realmuto would be a perfect fit for the Mets, regardless of how quickly Kevin Plawecki returns from his hand injury. And with the Marlins in a deep rebuild, the idea that the Mets could find enough minor league pieces to entice Miami isn't far-fetched...

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Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

For most of the offseason, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he was happy with the team's starting pitching depth. Most, including yours truly, felt there were far too many 'ifs' as part of that depth, and implored Alderson to sign a starting pitcher. Eventually, he did -- inking LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal. Fast forward a few months...

The Mets are fresh off the first-ever rotation turn of the once known 'five aces' -- Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler.

Vargas, who suffered a fractured bone during spring training that required surgery to his right (non-throwing) hand, is close to a return -- potentially in about 10 days...

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New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry talked Thursday about the firing of head Jeff Hornacek, the qualities they're seeking in a new head coach, and the need for patience as the team continues its rebuild.

"We want to win in a way that's sustainable," Perry said. "And we want to build it organically through the organization." Mills added that they want to build a culture within the organization "that stands for something."

Noting that they're seeking a head coach who is "equally aligned" with his and Mills' vision, Perry exlained that "patience is required," adding that the Knicks can't "skip steps."

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Mets 2016 top pick RHP Justin Dunn pitching for Brooklyn Cyclones (Photo Credit: BrooklynBaseballBanter.com)
Mets 2016 top pick RHP Justin Dunn pitching for Brooklyn Cyclones (Photo Credit: BrooklynBaseballBanter.com)

Mets RHP prospect Justin Dunn -- one of the top prospects in the system -- has been lights out so far this season for High-A St. Lucie.

The 22-year-old Dunn has tossed 10.0 scoreless innings over two starts while allowing just eight hits, walking three, and striking out 14.

Dunn, who the Mets selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2016 Draft, struggled last season, with ESPN's Keith Law saying the Mets may have rushed him...

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Ian Begley joins Jonas Schwartz and discusses the Knicks firing Jeff Hornacek, and who the Knicks are looking at to replace him.

In the wake of the Knicks firing head coach Jeff Hornacek, names of more than a half dozen candidates have emerged, with former coach Jeff Van Gundy among them. 

ESPN's Ian Begley told SNY that Van Gundy will be an "interesting" name to watch, and Frank Isola of the NY Daily News told SNY he believes Van Gundy "still has an attachment to The Garden and to the Knicks."

Begley noted that he wouldn't put Doc Rivers high on the list, and that David Fizdale "checks off a lot of boxes."

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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan lagares (12) singles against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan lagares (12) singles against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

 The Mets go for the three-game sweep of the Marlins in Miami on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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On Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino react to the injury to Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud.

The Mets have placed C Travis d'Arnaud on the 10-day DL due to a partial UCL tear in his right elbow, the team announced Wednesday. Treatment options for d'Arnaud, including potential surgery, will be determined in the coming days. He informed the Mets on Tuesday about the discomfort.

"I don't think it was a specific play," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said prior to Wednesday night's game. "Just something that started to develop. He's gonna think about getting it taken care of, and go from there."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Partial UCL tears can go a number of ways, as the Mets have seen with Seth Lugo (who rehabbed and is currently pitching with a tear) and T.J. Rivera (who had Tommy John surgery last September and hopes to return by May). For d'Arnaud, whether or not he opts for surgery will be determined by the severity of the tear. While pitchers usually need 12-to-18 months to return from TJS, position players can return in as little as six months. But while the recovery time for position players is quicker, d'Arnaud's 2018 will almost certainly be over if he needs surgery.

Tags: Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) celebrates with relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) after defeating the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) celebrates with relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) after defeating the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets rallied late in Miami to beat the Marlins and move to 9-1 -- the best start in franchise history.

Click below for Wedneday's NYC back pages...

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New York Mets' Jay Bruce (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Jay Bruce, who said two weeks ago that he wasn't even thinking about the potential of playing first base this season, took grounders at first base prior to Tuesday night's game against the Marlins in Miami. 

Bruce has only played the outfield so far this season, though Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last month that Bruce could play first base on a "reasonably every day basis" if it came to it. After having not played first base since 2014, Bruce graded out as average in 91 innings at the position in 2017.

The timing of Bruce taking grounders was interesting, as one of the reasons for him playing first base would be to get Brandon Nimmo in the lineup -- the same Brandon Nimmo who was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas earlier on Tuesday...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (center) shakes hands with Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (right) and Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (left) after defeating the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (center) shakes hands with Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (right) and Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (left) after defeating the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

With the Mets starting the season 8-1, they have matched the 1985 and 2006 teams for the best start in franchise history.

A win on Tuesday night would put the 2018 Mets in a class by themselves, but they're already in very good company...

1985 Mets

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets continue their three-game series against the Marlins in Miami on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

The Mets enter play with a record of 8-1. No Mets team has ever started a season 9-1 or better. ... The Mets have won six games in a row for the first time since the 2016 season. ... The Mets' pitching staff has allowed 24 runs through their first nine games -- tied for the fifth-fewest runs allowed through nine games in franchise history. ... The Mets' bullpen has allowed two runs over its last 27.0 innings.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) celebrates with New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) celebrates with New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets open a three-game series against the Marlins in Miami on Monday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

The Mets are 7-1 through their first eight games for the third time in franchise history. They began 8-1 in both 2006 and 1985. ... The Mets' 358 OBP is the third-best in baseball. ... The Mets have four come-from-behind wins so far this season. ... Over their last 24 innings, Mets relievers have allowed just two runs. 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Michael Conforto (30) (Brad Mills)
Michael Conforto (30) (Brad Mills)

Michael Conforto wanted Stephen Strasburg. And he got him.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said before Thursday's game that Conforto wanted to face Strasburg, and Conforto said he had the Nats series circled as his targeted return. 

The result? Conforto hit a go-ahead two-run homer to left field off Strasburg in the fifth inning -- in his first game since last August -- to give the Mets a 4-2 lead that they wouldn't relinquish...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Mickey Callaway was sheepish on Wednesday afternoon when asked if Michael Conforto would be activated prior to Thursday's game, but was blunt on Thursday morning after inserting Conforto into the lineup against the Nationals.

"He's ready to go," Callaway said. "He wanted (Stephen) Strasburg."

Conforto, whose initial return date was pegged by GM Sandy Alderson during the offseason as May 1, progressed rapidly and played toward the end of Spring Training -- and the Mets felt he didn't need a rehab assignment...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets open a three-game series against the Nationals in Washington, D.C. on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. on SNY.

The Mets are 4-1 through their first five games for the first time since the 2012 season. ... The Mets are 13-14 at Nationals Park since 2015, and have hit 32 home runs in their last 21 games there. ... The Mets have 10 two-out RBI over their first five games. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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(Noah K. Murray)

Mets OF Michael Conforto has been activated from the 10-day disabled list, with Phillip Evans optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster, it was announced Thursday morning.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday that potential cold weather in Washington, D.C. beginning on Thursday would not be a factor when it came to the decision on Conforto. Since Conforto's injury wasn't to his lower half, there is no concern over activating him in Washington, D.C., Callaway explained.

Conforto, who is returning from shoulder surgery and was well ahead of schedule, had at-bats against Jason Vargas during Vargas's indoor simulated game on Monday afternoon at Citi Field...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) takes a lead off first against the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1st inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) takes a lead off first against the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1st inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

After a rain delay, the Mets will wrap up their rain-shortened two game series against the Phillies on Wednesday at 2:45 p.m., exclusively on Facebook. SNY will re-air the game at 8 p.m.

The Mets are 39-19 against the Phillies since the start of the 2015 season. ... The Mets have hit 102 home runs against the Phillies since the start of the 2015 season -- the most home runs any team has hit against an opponent during that span. 

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Mets OF Michael Conforto is "ready to go" and will be back "very soon," manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday, though he stopped short of confirming he would be activated from the DL on Thursday when he is first eligible.

However, Callaway said that potential cold weather in Washington, D.C. beginning on Thursday would not be a factor when it comes to the decision on Conforto.

Since Conforto's injury wasn't to his lower half, there is no concern over activating him in Washington, D.C., Callaway explained...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Apr 19, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) celebrates with left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) after hitting a three run homer in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) celebrates with left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) after hitting a three run homer in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets open a rain-shortened two game series against the Phillies on Tuesday night at 7:10 on SNY.

The Mets have won 18 of their last 22 series against the Phillies, and are 38-19 against them since the beginning of the 2015 season. ... The Mets have scored six runs in the first inning so far this season. ... The Mets had seven two-out RBI during their three-game, season-opening series against the Cardinals. 

Tags: Matt Harvey, Danny Abriano
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Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Michael Conforto is well ahead of schedule in his return from shoulder surgery, is in New York, and could be activated from the DL on Thursday -- the first day he's eligible. 

Conforto potentially returning this early is a great thing, as is the outfield depth the Mets are about to have. But with four starting-caliber players for three spots, and Juan Lagares also needing playing time, the Mets will have some decisions to make.

So, what could they do? And what should they do? Here are some options...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Keith Hernandez and Hadji (SNY)
Keith Hernandez and Hadji (SNY)

Mets legend and SNY broadcaster Keith Hernandez is on Twitter. And though he doesn't yet have a blue checkmark, it is indeed the real Keith Hernandez.

And because of this amazing development, you can read all about Keith's napping habits, his thoughts on Matt Harvey, and that he no longer goes by his old nickname, "Mex."

Click below for some of Keith's tweets...

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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets staring pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets staring pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Due to Monday night's snowed out game, the Mets will be skipping Seth Lugo's turn in the rotation, the team announced.

Lugo had initially been scheduled to pitch on Tuesday against the Phillies, but Monday night's scheduled starter Matt Harvey will be making that start instead.

Noah Syndergaard will start Wednesday against the Phillies, and Jacob deGrom will start against the Nationals on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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