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(Brad Penner)

The Mets have optioned RH reliever Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled LH reliever Josh Smoker, it was announced Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Robles, who has a 6.23 ERA in 21 2/3 innings (21 games) this season, had gotten hit especially hard lately.

He allowed 12 runs (including four home runs) during his last three appearances, spanning just 2 2/3 innings...

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Fans on Harvey's situation 00:04:32
Loud Mouth viewers express their thoughts on the Matt Harvey situation after he issued an apology at a press conference Tuesday.

Tommy Milone (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his Mets debut when they face Matt Cain (2-1, 4.70 ERA) and the Giants in the final game of a three-game series at Citi Field on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m.

Milone was claimed off waivers by the Mets this past weekend after he was designated for assignment by the Brewers earlier in the week.

In six appearances (three starts) this season with Milwuakee, Milone allowed 15 runs and 29 hits, including six home runs, while striking out 16 batters in 21 innings.

Tags: Josh Smoker, Matt Harvey, San Francisco Giants, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets relief pitcher Josh Smoker delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets relief pitcher Josh Smoker delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Mets optioned LHP Josh Smoker to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday after they reinstated RHP Matt Harvey from his three-game suspension.

Harvey, speaking for the first time since the team suspended him over the weekend for not showing up to Citi Field for Saturday's game against the Miami Marlins, apoligized to the team and said he felt "embarrassed" by his actions.

Originally scheduled to start on Sunday, the Mets suspended Harvey for three games beginning on Saturday and announced he would make his next start on Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Smoker, 28, had a 7.88 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 16 innings across 15 relief outings with the Mets this season.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Josh Smoker (49) delivers a pitch during the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)
New York Mets relief pitcher Josh Smoker (49) delivers a pitch during the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)

Josh Smoker and Fernando Salas' struggles continued as both relievers allowed runs in last night's 9-7 loss to the Braves.

Smoker entered the game in the seventh, and after picking up the first out, allowed back-to-back hits to Kemp and Markakis to put runners on second and third.

Salas then came on in relief of the lefty and surrendered a single, a walk, a sacrifice fly, and another single to make the score 9-3 Atlanta -- a defecit the Mets were not able to overcome.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Sean Gilmartin pitches against the Washington Nationals in the third inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Sean Gilmartin pitches against the Washington Nationals in the third inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Four Mets relievers, including catcher Kevin Plawecki, combined to give up 18 runs and 18 hits in Sunday's 23-5 loss to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

New York's bullpen, which had allowed nine home runs all season entering Sunday, gave up seven home runs. Its 3.64 ERA skyrocketed to 5.06.

Sean Gilmartin gave up five runs and two homers in 2 2/3 innings after starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard left the game with an injury in the second inning.

Tags: Josh Smoker, Kevin Plawecki, Noah Syndergaard, Sean Gilmartin, Washington Nationals
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/27 00:03:43
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 7-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Yoenis Cespedes limped off the field in the fourth inning after injuring the same hamstring that kept him out for three games recently.

2) Matt Harvey looked great in the first inning and looked like a mess thereafter, as his command vanished and his fastball velocity dipped as low as 90 MPH. He limited the damage until the fifth, when he was done in by a three-run homer by Kurt Suzuki that ended his day...

Tags: Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Terry Collins takes the ball from Hansel Robles. Credit: Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Terry Collins takes the ball from Hansel Robles. Credit: Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Terry Collins said early Sunday that his relief pitchers need to throw more strikes, otherwise their early-season struggles are likely to continue.

"We're behind in counts," Collins continued. "You're asking for trouble, especially when you're behind in the game against a good team with an outstanding lineup."

In 20 1/3 innings this season, his bullpen is 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA, during which they have combined to walk 15 batters compared to 22 strike outs.

Tags: Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Josh Smoker
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In a tie game to start the 12th inning, Mets reliever Rafael Montero let up a single and walked two batters (one intentional) before Matt Kemp hit a two-run double to give the Braves the lead.

The Mets got the tying run to the plate during their next at-bat, but eventually lost the game, 3-1.

In total, Montero was charged with the loss, as well as two runs, three hits and three walks in his first 1.2 innings of the season. Hansel Robles entered the game with a 1-0 lead thanks to six scoreless innings from Jacob deGrom. However, Robles allowed a run to score that tied the game, while being charged with a blown save in the seventh inning...

Tags: Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Rafael Montero
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Mets left-handed relievers Josh Edgin and Josh Smoker (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets left-handed relievers Josh Edgin and Josh Smoker (Credit: USA Today Sports)

It's possible the Mets put three left-handed relievers in their Opening Day bullpen, sources recently told the NY Post's Mike Puma.

According to Puma, lefties Josh Smoker and Josh Edgin are being considered for the 25-man roster, which is expected to also include LHP Jerry Blevins, who signed a two-year deal with the Mets this past winter.

"Smoker's success this spring against righties makes him a possible crossover option who wouldn't be considered a pure lefty specialist," Puma explains. "Edgin has also had success against righties."

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets' loss 00:03:48
All the latest Mets news from Spring Training and a breakdown of their loss against the Washington Nationals on Thursday.

Zack Wheeler allowed two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out two in 2 1/3 innings as the Mets lost to the Nationals, 3-1, on Thursday afternoon. 

To see the full boxscore, click here!

Three things to know about today's game

Wheeler's fastball sat between 92 and 95 MPH and touched 97 multiple times. He also featured an impressive slider. It was his second Grapefruit League start...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Zack Wheeler
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GEICO SportsNite: d'Arnaud 00:01:01
Terry Collins was pleased to see Travis d'Arnaud show signs of returning to form at the plate with a home run against Miami on Tuesday.

The Mets beat the Marlins, 3-1, on Tuesday afternoon in Jupiter.


  • RHP Seth Lugo got the start and allowed two hits while striking out two and walking none in three scoreless innings. He has tossed five scoreless innings so far during Spring Training.
  • LHP Josh Smoker struck out one while earning the save in a scoreless ninth inning...
Tags: Jose Reyes, Josh Smoker, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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Josh Smoker on his journey 00:06:21
Mets pitcher Josh Smoker calls into Mets Hot Stove to discuss his journey through the minors and his expectations for the 2017 season.

Thanks to Mets minor league coach Phil Regan, Mets LHP Josh Smoker has traded a bit of velocity for a lot more command, Kevin Kernan explains in a report for the NY Post.

Smoker, who is expected to compete for a spot in this year's bullpen, now features a 95-98 mph fastball instead of consistently hitting 100 mph as he did earlier in his career.

"In the past, I've always been kind of a wild child as far as where the ball was going," Smoker told Kernan. "Now I can spot my fastball."

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Could Mets re-sign Blevins? 00:02:38
Baseball Night in New York discusses Jerry Blevins' impact on the Mets and where he could end up for the 2017 season.

Closer Greg Holland, right-handed relievers Neftali Feliz, Sergio Romo, and Joe Blanton and left-handed relievers Boone Logan and Jerry Blevins are getting the most attention right now on the free-agent market for relievers, according to MLB insiders.

According to the same sources, the Mets are among 10-12 teams looking to add a left-handed reliever, and they're among the 15 or so teams still in the market for a right-handed reliever.

I believe there are more teams interested in Logan than Blevins, with the Mets interested in both. I believe these two men will get guaranteed deals, especially when considering supply and demand. But, as the NY Post's Ken Davidoff pointed out Tuesday, one of the two may want to take a one-year deal so he can be in position for a longer-term deal next winter. In that scenario, Sandy Alderson and the Mets may be that pitcher's best option.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Josh Smoker on his journey 00:06:21
Mets pitcher Josh Smoker calls into Mets Hot Stove to discuss his journey through the minors and his expectations for the 2017 season.

Mets LHP Josh Smoker, who made his big league debut this past season, discussed that and more with SNY earlier this week.

Smoker was a first-round pick of the Nationals in the 2007 MLB Draft, but numerous injuries and surgeries -- including ones for a torn rotator cuff and labrum -- led to his much-delayed major league debut.

"After everything that I had been through, just to know that I had finally made it was definitely something that I waited my whole life for," Smoker said.

Smoker, who credited Triple-A Las Vegas pitching coach Frank Viola and former Triple-A manager Wally Backman with helping him reach the majors, wants to improve his numbers against left-handers in 2017.

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I expect Jeurys Familia will be suspended to start the season. If that's the case, Addison Reed will be the New York Mets' temporary closer. How the bullpen shakes out after that is still a bit of a mystery.

Will Jerry Blevins be back?

Blevins is reportedly seeking a three-year deal, probably worth $15-20 million. The Mets would love to have him back, and I'm sure he'd like to return, but there's no evidence that Sandy Alderson is interested in making this type of commitment to a relief pitcher, even Blevins.

Tags: Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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It's a weak market for free-agent relievers. So, free-agent LH reliever Jerry Blevins must have smiled earlier this week when the Cardinals gave LH reliever Brett Cecil a four-year, $30.5 million deal. Because, if that's the high mark for a left-handed reliever, Blevins will be justified asking for at least two years... maybe even three years guarenteed...

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The Mets would like to retain pending free agent left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins, but expect him to get "a sizable multiyear offer elsewhere," reports Adam Rubin of ESPN.

Rubin says that might price the Mets out on the 33-year-old Blevins.

Blevins had a 2.79 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 52 strikeouts in 42 innings (73 appearances) for the Mets this past season, while left-handers hit .255 with a .313 OBP and .324 SLG against him.

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Jonathan Mayo explains how the Mets built their current roster using a blended use of the draft, trades, free agency and international signings. >> Read more.

Anthony DiComo looks back at five moments that shaped the 2016 season, including Aug. 19, when the Mets hit rock bottom and turned everything around. >> Read more.

DiComo also writes about how Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo are two X-Factors who are ready to have fun in the postseason. >> Read more.

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Left-handed batters are hitting .196 against Mets right-handed reliever Addison Reed. They're batting .381 against left-handed reliever Josh Smoker. Yet, last night in the eighth inning, with the Mets up 3-2, Terry Collins pulled Reed in favor of Smoker to face the left-handed hitting Freddie Freeman.

Tags: Addison Reed, Atlanta Braves, James Loney, Jeurys Familia, Josh Smoker
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 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

T.J. Rivera hit a go-ahead home run in the 10th inning after Jeurys Familia -- with just one ball leaving the infield -- blew a 3-1 lead in the ninth as the Mets beat the Nationals, 4-3, in Washington D.C. on Tuesday night >> Read more

The Mets remained tied in the loss column for the second wild card with the Cardinals, who beat the Cubs.


Tags: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Josh Smoker, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins, right, talks to pitcher Josh Smoker during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins, right, talks to pitcher Josh Smoker during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

LH reliever Josh Edgin has been demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Triple-A LH reliever Josh Smoker is set to take his place on the roster Friday.


In his first season back from Tommy John surgery, Edgin, 29, appeared in five games for the Mets after being recalled in early August. 

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