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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets began selling Thursday, with Lucas Duda shipped to Tampa Bay for reliever Drew Smith

Duda had been poised to be a free agent this winter, and the Mets would not have entertained re-signing him because of prospect Dominic Smith's readiness for the majors.

With contracts also expiring for Addison Reed ($7.75M), Fernando Salas ($3M), Curtis Granderson ($15M), Jay Bruce ($13M), Neil Walker ($17.2M), Jose Reyes ($535K), and Rene Rivera ($1.75M), and with the Mets holding team options for Asdrubal Cabrera and Jerry Blevins for next season, they should have plenty of financial flexibility this winter to retool.

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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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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Sep 7, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) and catcher Rene Rivera (44) congratulate each other after the Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Sep 7, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) and catcher Rene Rivera (44) congratulate each other after the Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia, who completed his 15-game suspension for the domestic violence incident he was involved in during the offseason, was activated from the restricted list prior to Thursday night's game against the Phillies.

In addition, C Kevin Plawecki was activated from Triple-A Las Vegas, with RHP Rafael Montero and LHP Sean Gilmartin optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster for Familia and Plawecki.

The Mets also transferred 3B David Wright to the 60-day DL.

The team's starting pitchers have made it into the seventh inning only four times in 15 games, resulting in their bullpen having faced 254 batters, which is third most in the National League...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Kevin Plawecki, Rafael Montero, Sean Gilmartin
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The Mets have sent C Kevin Plawecki to minor league camp, manager Terry Collins said Tuesday.

The team is expected to carry catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Rene Rivera on the Opening Day roster.

Plawecki, 26, hit .197 with a .298 OBP and .265 SLG with one HR and 11 RBI in 48 games with the Mets last season...

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New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki throws to first base during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki throws to first base during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki is day-to-day with a bruised left knee, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Plawecki bruised his knee in Saturday's spring training game against the Washington Nationals. X-rays came back negative.

He wore a compression wrap on the knee on Sunday, according to DiComo, however he said he felt better from the day before.

Plawecki, 26, hit .197 with one home run and 11 RBIs in 48 games with the Mets last season. He is expected to start the season with Triple-A Las Vegas, where he hit .300 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs in 55 games in 2016.

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Alderson on d'Arnaud, Conforto 00:04:32
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson dishes on some hot topics including expectations for Travis d'Arnaud and Michael Conforto.

With the return of Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce to New York's outfield this season, along with the presence of Curtis Granderson, 23-year old Michael Conforto has seemingly lost his spot in the starting lineup.

But Mets general manager Sandy Alderson does not believe it will discourage him from coming in and having a strong spring training, something that would make the decision about the outfield significantly more difficult for the GM.

"Well I think the important thing for Michael is to have a good spring, regardless of what happens at the end," Alderson told SNY's Gary Apple. "One of the things we focus on around here is process and not results. So I think Michael is committed to having a good spring, and you know, the way things are configured now, make it tough on us."

While Conforto will be attempting to prove to Alderson he belongs in the starting lineup this spring, he is not the only Met looking to show management of improvements made since last season...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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(Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)

Free agent C Matt Wieters is close to signing what will likely be a two-year deal with the Nationals that contains an opt-out after the first year, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The deal will be worth $21 million, with $10 million paid in 2017, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Wieters, 30, hit .243 with a .302 OBP and .409 SLG with 17 HR and 66 RBI in 124 games last season for the Orioles.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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Call to the Majors: Plawecki 00:01:44
In the latest installment of Call to the Majors presented by Citi, Kevin Plawecki recalls the day he was promoted to the Major Leagues.

Mets backup catcher Kevin Plawecki, 25, hit just .197 with a .298 OBP in 48 games with the Mets season. However, he hit .300 with 19 extra-base hits in 48 games with Triple-A Las Vegas.

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Name That Mets Backup Catcher 00:03:54
Nelson Figueroa listens to clues and attempts to name backup Mets catchers from the past 10 years.

In early-November, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he planned to enter Spring Training with Travis d'Arnaud, Rene Rivera, and Kevin Plawecki as his group of catchers and he had no interest in adding someone new from outside the organization.

Alderson made a similar statement a number of times during December.

In late November, the Mets avoided salary arbitration with Rivera, with the two sides agreeing on a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

Noah Syndergaard said in mid-December that he's extremely happy that Rivera is returning in 2017, he told WOR's Pete McCarthy during an interview.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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Mets C Rene Rivera and pitcher Noah Syndergaard meet at the mound during a game in 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images) (Caylor Arnold)
Mets C Rene Rivera and pitcher Noah Syndergaard meet at the mound during a game in 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images) (Caylor Arnold)

Noah Syndergaard is extremely happy the Mets re-signed C Rene Rivera, he told WOR's Pete McCarthy during an interview this week on WOR 710 AM radio.

"That's huge, because he really helped me last year with his veteran leadership and the amount of knowledge that he has," Syndergaard explained.

The Mets avoided arbitration with Rivera in late-November, signing him to a one-year, $1.75 million deal. He joined them last season on a minor-league deal.

In early-November, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he's less interested in acquiring a new catcher from outside the organization and more focused on finding ways to help Travis d'Arnaud, Rivera and Kevin Plawecki play better in 2017.

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Travis d'Arnaud catches at Chase Field (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Travis d'Arnaud catches at Chase Field (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

"The Mets are fully planning to go with Travis d'Arnaud as the primary catcher in 2017 and don't foresee going the external route," ESPN.com's Adam Rubin wrote late Sunday.

According to Rubin, the Mets do not intend on pursuing free-agent C Welington Castillo, who was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks this past weekend.

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Coming off a breakout season, Travis d'Arnaud was the presumptive starter going into 2016, with Kevin Plawecki as his backup. Unfortunately, d'Arnaud missed more than half the season due to injury and struggled at the plate in his limited appearances, putting up a .629 OPS, almost 200 points below his 2015 mark.

At the same time, Plawecki's offense was worse, as he found himself back in the minors. Rene Rivera, on a minor league deal, proved to be a serviceable alternative, though his batting lingered well behind his strong defense.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Maggie Wiggin
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Sep 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) steps up to single to left during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports 
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Sep 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) steps up to single to left during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets are more interested in helping Travis d'Arnaud, Rene Rivera and Kevin Plawecki play better in 2017 than acquiring a new catcher from outside the organization, GM Sandy Alderson told reporters in Arizona on Tuesday.

In early October, Terry Collins made a similar comment when talking to ESPN, saying d'Arnaud will be one of the organization's biggest projects during spring training.

"You can't go into a National League season with your eight hitter hitting what essentially your nine hitter is hitting," Alderson said, according to Newsday. "But, do we think we have the potential for improvement there? I think we do feel that way."

D'Arnaud played in just 75 games during 2016, while hitting just .247 with four home runs and 15 RBIs. He missed time early in the season with a strained rotator cuff, ending up idle for almost a month.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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Post Game Extra: Mets lose 00:03:07
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez wrap up the season after the Mets' loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-2.

Gabriel Ynoa allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings but Lucas Duda's two errors on one play in the seventh opened the door for a three-run inning for the Phillies, who defeated the Mets, 5-2, in the regular-season finale on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.

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Michael Conforto (30) reacts to striking out against the Pirates at Citi Field. Photo: Adam Hunger USA Today Sports
Michael Conforto (30) reacts to striking out against the Pirates at Citi Field. Photo: Adam Hunger USA Today Sports

The Mets will promote OF Michael Conforto, infielder Ty Kelly, RHP Gabriel Ynoa and C Kevin Plawecki when rosters expand Sept. 1, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

T.J. Rivera, who hit .289 in 13 games with the Mets this season, is not eligible to be promoted to the big leagues until 10 days after his Aug. 29 demotion to Triple-A.

Conforto, 23, who was sent down Aug. 12, is batting .450 with four home runs during his last 10 games in Las Vegas. He hit just .239 with 29 extra base hits in 84 games during two stints with the Mets this season.

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Ty Kelly
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New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) swings against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Turner Field. (Brett Davis)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) swings against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Turner Field. (Brett Davis)

After Terry Collins told reporters following Sunday's loss to the Braves that he "may shake some things up," the Mets have announced a pair of roster moves on Tuesday. New York has activated Travis d'Arnaud from the disabled list and optioned Kevin Plawecki to Las Vegas. The team has also placed Jim Henderson on the DL and recalled Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A.

D'Arnaud has been out since April 25 with a strained rotator cuff. In 13 games before the injury, d'Arnaud was hitting .196 (9-for-46) with three doubles and one RBI.

During his 11 game rehab assignment, d'Arnaud hit .317.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Sean Gilmartin, Travis d'Arnaud
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Mets catchers not named Travis d'Arnaud are currently batting .197 with a .291 OBP and .283 slugging, which ranks 27th in MLB. They've combined for just nine extra base hits and, while they're drawing walks at a slightly above average rate, it's not enough to overcome their awful batting averages.

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(Andy Marlin)

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As Kevin Plawecki stepped to home plate Tuesday night for his first at-bat of the game, the Mets were hoping for something so simple from their young catcher: Patience. It had been on short supply for him lately. Plawecki has been a tempest at the plate, all quick-twitch and little discipline.

When he let Jameson Taillon's first pitch buzz by, it was a small victory for hitting coach Kevin Long. He had kept preaching discipline and received little of it in return. At least, Plawecki did not swing here.

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Alderson discusses Mets injuries 00:04:06
Mets GM Sandy Alderson discusses the updates on Zack Wheeler, Travis d'Arnaud, and the latest on David Wright.

GM Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins addressed a series of topics before Tuesday's game, including the manager's health after his hospital stay. Here's what they had to say:

  • Juan Lagares was expected to start on Tuesday with Michael Conforto out, but is sitting due to a "bad tooth," Collins said.
  • Travis d'Arnaud is expected to catch again on Tuesday while rehabbing with High-A St. Lucie. He will rehab with Triple-A Las Vegas over the weekend with the goal of being activated next Tuesday.
  • Zack Wheeler will throw a simulated inning with the Gulf Coast league team this week, and will begin a rehab assignment shortly after.
  • Kevin Plawecki is struggling with his part-time duties, Collins said. "He has to think he is the guy. If he does, he will play better."
  • Collins said he is fine after becoming disoriented and being taken to the hospital in Milwaukee. He noted it may have been due to dehydration, but there was no definitive explanation given to him.

Tags: Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 3, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (44) connects for a two run homer during the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. The Mets won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Jun 3, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (44) connects for a two run homer during the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. The Mets won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets C Travis d'Arnaud is roughly a week away from catching in rehab games, assistant GM John Ricco told reporters in Pittsburgh on Monday.

In the meantime, Terry Collins said Monday that 32-year-old C Rene Rivera will begin handling most of the catching duties, pushing Kevin Plawecki to the bench.

Rivera was in Monday's starting lineup before it was postponed due to rain. It would have been his fourth start in five games, during which he has four hits, including a home run and three RBI (.286).

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Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, out since April 25th with a rotator cuff strain in his throwing shoulder, could begin his rehab assisgnment as soon as this weekend, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.

D'Arnaud returned to Florida last week after spending time at his home in California working with his own physical therapist / trainer.

Before landing on the disabled list, d'Arnaud was hitting .196 in 46 ABs in 2016. 

Kevin Plawecki has received most of the playing time in d'Arnaud's absence, and has struggled at the plate, batting .196 in 92 ABs. While Rene Rivera has not provided much offensively (.148 BA), opponents are hitting .203, and the Mets are 7-2, when he is behind the plate. 

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud

GEICO SportsNite: BBNY 00:05:11
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses how the Mets should replace Lucas Duda while on the disabled list.

The New York Mets could look to trade for Lucas Duda's replacement at first base as he nurses a back injury, assistant GM John Ricco said before Monday's game against the Washington Nationals.

"We're not going to be able to replace Lucas Duda internally," Ricco said.

Duda is expected to miss around 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his back.

Tags: Eric Campbell, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores
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Syndergaard strikes out Harper 00:00:29
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard strikes out Bryce Harper looking in the top of the fourth inning for one of his 10 strikeouts on the night.

Noah Syndergaard outdueled Max Scherzer by tossing seven scoreless innings in a 2-0 win against the Nationals on Tuesday.

Syndergaard (4-2) struck out 10 batters -- including Bryce Harper twice -- and allowed five hits on 102 pitches. Scherzer (4-3), coming off a 20-strikeout game, also struck out 10 batters, but gave up two runs, three hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings.

"I've just been able, my entire life, to tune out whatever is going on around me," Syndergaard said after the game.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Noah Syndergaard, Washington Nationals
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Terry Collins will again use Rene Rivera behind the plate tonight with Noah Syndergaard on the mound.

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Collins, deGrom, Plawecki 00:06:29
Mets manager Terry Collins, starter Jacob deGrom and catcher Kevin Plawecki react to the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium.

Mets RH reliever Hansel Robles shook off a slider from catcher Kevin Plawecki. Instead, he threw a fastball that Trayce Thompson hit for a walk-off home run to give the Dodgers a 3-2 win Tuesday against the Mets.

Robles later explained that he had more faith in his fastball and hoped to further confuse Thompson by shaking off Plawecki.

"Ultimately, I want my pitcher to have conviction with what he's throwing, and if he doesn't feel comfortable throwing his slider in that situation then I've got to trust him," Plawecki explained after the game. "Hindsight is 20/20. If he pops that ball up, then we're not here standing and talking about it. ... Like I said, ultimately I want my pitcher to have conviction in whatever pitch they're throwing."

Tags: Hansel Robles, Kevin Plawecki
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 (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
(Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Jacob deGrom allowed just two runs in seven innings but the Mets' offense struggled on Tuesday night. Hansel Robles entered a tie-game in the ninth inning and allowed a two-out, game-winning home run to Trayce Thompson as the Mets lost, 3-2, to the Dodgers >> Read more


Zack Wheeler is still on track to return around July 1 and is expected to ramp up his activity within the next few weeks. >> Read more

Kevin Plawecki is proving he can be an everyday catcher. >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Josh Edgin, Kevin Plawecki, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler
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Plawecki's solo home run 00:00:43
Kevin Plawecki extends the Mets' lead with a solo blast to left field in the second inning in the Mets' 4-2 win over the Dodgers.

New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki has five hits in his last 15 plate appearances, including a solo home run off Scott Kazmir in Monday's 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I'm just going up there trying to get good pitches to hit and putting my 'A' swing on them," Plawecki said after the game. "I definitely feel comfortable in the box. I'm just going to keep swinging it, keep putting good at-bats together, and just keep trying to hit the ball hard."

Plawecki took over as the team's everyday catcher on April 26 when Travis d'Arnaud ended up on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. D'Arnaud, who got a platelet-rich-plasma injection on Monday, has been able to hit, but not throw.

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Matz's RBI double to left 00:01:06
Pitcher Steven Matz contributes with the bat, knocking in a run with an RBI double down the left field line in Mets' 4-2 win vs. Dodgers.

Mets rookie LHP Steven Matz held the Dodgers to two runs, six hits and a walk in six innings during his New York Mets' 4-2 win Monday night at Dodgers Stadium.

Matz (5-1) left runners stranded in scoring position in the first, third and fourth innings. The two runs he allowed came on a two-run home run by Trayce Thompson in the fourth inning.

Since allowing seven runs in 1 2/3 innings in his season debut, Matz is 5-0 in his last five starts with a 1.09 ERA, which trails only Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta in the National League since April 17.

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Collins, Cabrera & Harvey on win 00:06:12
Terry Collins, Asdrubal Cabrera and Matt Harvey discuss Harvey's performance in the Mets' 4-3 win over the Padres.

Matt Harvey's fastball hit 97 mph as he threw a season-high 10 strikeouts in the New York Mets' win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

"I finally felt, the majority of the game, a lot more comfortable," said Harvey (3-4), who allowed two runs, four hits and two walks, throwing 102 pitches. "I was able to pound the zone, was able to throw all of my pitches."

In seven starts this season, Harvey is 3-4 with a 4.50 ERA through 40 innings, during which he has walked 13 batters and struck out 35.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Matt Harvey, San Diego Padres
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Jul 30, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (22) bats against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 30, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (22) bats against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In an effort to rest of rotator cuff strain, Travis d'Arnaud is still resting and not doing any baseball activity in Port St. Lucie, Terry Collins said Tuesday.  

Kevin Plawecki had started every game since d'Arnaud was put on the disabled list April 26.

"This is a great opportunity for Kevin to show that he can be an everyday catcher," Terry Collins said Tuesday. "Certainly, I don't mean to put a lot of pressure on him, but he's got to start getting some hits because that's one of the things we all said he can do. We all thought he was going to be a good offensive player and I know he's frustrated."

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Travis d'Arnaud has been put on the disabled list with a rotator cuff strain, the team announced Monday.



Tuesday's Updates...

3:27 pm: "It's very unfortunate," d'Arnaud told reporters. "But, it's all part of the game. People get hurt."

2:30 pm: Triple-A C Rene Rivera has been added to the 25-man roster. He replaces d'Arnaud, who was put on the disabled list with a rotator cuff strain.


Matthew Cerrone : I'm starting to feel bad for d'Arnaud, who seems to always be injured or returning from injury. In the last few years, he's torn ligaments in his knee, he had a herniated disc, a broken foot, all sorts of bruises, a hyperextended left elbow and now he's dealing with a rotator cuff issue. "D'Arnaud is almost out of new body parts to injure," Maggie Wiggin wrote on Twitter, and she's right. He started slow this season, now this. Hopefully, like last year, he'll rehab, get right and return on fire...

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New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (left) high fives starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) as he heads into the dugout after being relieved during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (left) high fives starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) as he heads into the dugout after being relieved during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)

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Noah Syndergaard opened eyes during Game 3 of last year's World Series with his purpose pitch to Royals leadoff hitter, Alcides Escobar, and with his bold comments after the game.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Michael Cuddyer, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud
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Post Game Extra: 04/25/16 00:04:01
Neil Walker continued his power surge with his eighth home run of the season in the Mets' 5-3 win against the Reds on Monday night.

Neil Walker hit a tie-breaking home run in the bottom of the seventh, one of three homers on the night for the Mets, who defeated the Reds, 5-3 on Monday at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

  • Walker's two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh snapped a 3-3 tie and gave him a team-leading eight home runs for the season. It's the most home runs he has ever hit in a single month.
  • Noah Syndergaard deserved a better fate on Monday, but his bullpen could not pick him up in the seventh inning. The right-hander was charged with three runs in 6 2/3 innings, with the last run scoring after he had left the game with a runner on first a 3-2 lead. Although not a truly dominating performance, Syndergaard struck out nine without walking a batter.
  • Michael Conforto continued his hot hitting, going 3 for 3 with a walk and three runs scored. He fell just a triple short of the cycle. Since moving into the third spot in the lineup 10 games ago, the 23-year-old is batting .378 with 10 runs scored, five doubles, four home runs and eight RBIs.
  • Lucas Duda hit his fourth home run of the year and first at home. With three more home runs on Monday, the Mets have hit 26 as a team in their last 11 games.
  • Travis d'Arnaud was replaced at catcher by Kevin Plawecki in the top of the eighth inning due to a sore shoulder.

Matthew Cerrone: What's gotten in to Walker, who is second in the major leagues with eight home runs? He's being so patient and clobbering the opposing pitcher's mistakes. I have no idea what his relationship was like with his hitting coach in Pittsburgh, but he clearly has a good thing going with Kevin Long, who helped him be more patient batting left-handed, while changing his batting stance from the right side. He's looked terrific.

I'm running out of ways to praise Syndergaard. There were points tonight when he wasn't at his best, but he dug deep and ended his outing getting out of a jam with some amazing off-speed pitches. He looked to be out of sync to start the game, but to see him regroup and fight says a lot about where his career is going.

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, David Wright, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Travis d'Arnaud is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday, Terry Collins told reporters Monday.



"He feels much better," Collins said.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA Today Sports Images)

After not making it out of the second inning in his first start of the season, Mets LHP Steven Matz rebounded to throw seven scoreless innings in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Cleveland Indians.

"We needed a big start," Terry Collins said. "We needed to get Steven going and he pitched great today."

Matz struck out a career-high nine batters and surrendered just three hits and two walks to earn his first win of the season. He retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced in the game.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

RHP Logan Verrett tossed six scoreless innings and Kevin Plawecki had a two-run single as the Mets beat the Marlins, 2-1 >> Read more



Jacob deGrom, who is dealing with a strained lat, will meet the Mets in Cleveland with the hope of pitching during their next series in Philadelphia >> Read more 

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 (Jonathan Dyer)
(Jonathan Dyer)

The Mets have signed C Rene Rivera to a minor league deal, the team announced.

Rivera, 32, hit .178 with a .213 OBP and .275 SLG in 110 games last season for the Rays.

He has hit .211 with a .258 OBP and .331 SLG in parts of seven major league seasons.

While the Mets have added Rivera, they don't currently have plans to demote current backup catcher Kevin Plawecki, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

The Mets travel to Jupiter to play the Cardinals at Roger Dean Staidum at 1:05 p.m. ET. 

RHP Bartolo Colon gets the start for the Mets, opposed by RHP Carlos Martinez for St. Louis.

Asdrubal Cabrera is expected to be in the starting lineup after being sidelined since March 10 with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto
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The Catcher's View: Live BP 00:02:30
Early in spring training, SNY.tv set up Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki with cameras to see a live batting practice through the catcher's eyes.

Early in spring training, SNY.tv hooked up New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki with GoPro cameras to get a unique point of view of a live batting practice session through the catcher's eyes.

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Kevin Plawecki's two-run homer 00:00:45
Kevin Plawecki hits a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning to give the Mets a 4-1 lead.

Randal Grichuk and Brandon Moss each hit two-run home runs and drove in four runs apiece to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 14-4 on Saturday.

Grichuk was 3 for 4, and Moss went 2 for 3.

Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run home run for the Mets.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Kevin Plawecki, St. Louis Cardinals
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Mike Piazza was a guest catching instructor at Mets camp Sunday in Port St. Lucie.

He mostly worked with them on fielding popups behind home plate.


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Reporters spoke with Mets manager Terry Collins on Friday and he said...

  • Jenrry Mejia used extremely bad judgment and his permanent suspension for steroid use was very disappointing.
  • Collins will sit down with 3B David Wright next week and speak about the plan for this season in terms of managing Wright's spinal stenosis.
  • The Mets will slow Wright down a bit during Spring Training so fatigue doesn't set in.
  • Collins noticed the huge fan turnout on Friday and thought it was great.
  • The players were told to take it easy early on in Spring Training to avoid injuries.
  • The Mets don't yet know how the starting pitching depth chart will shake out beyond the five known starters.
  • Travis d'Arnaud will ordinarily play three days in a row before getting a day off most times during the regular season.
  • As far as Kevin Plawecki, Collins said the biggest thing for him is working well with the pitchers.  

Tags: David Wright, Jenrry Mejia, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud
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Both Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki are expected to see time at positions other than catcher during Spring Training >> Read more

The Rangers have interest in trading for Mets OF Alejandro De Aza >> Read more

The Mets will be proactive when it comes to monitoring the health of 3B David Wright >> Read more

Tags: David Wright, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki will each see time in the field, rather than behind the plate, during spring training this year, Sandy Alderson confirmed to reporters on Wednesday.

According to Alderson, though the Mets are in no rush to move d'Arnaud or Plawecki out from behind the plate, they will try out other positions to see what they can do this spring.

He said d'Arnaud will try out first base and outfield corners. He did not peg a position for Plawecki.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in Game 4 of the NLDS at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in Game 4 of the NLDS at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

The New York Mets farm system ranked at No. 16 in the Major Leagues, according to ESPN's Keith Law.

Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto and Kevin Plawecki each lost prospect status last season after seeing significant time with the Mets.

Last season the Mets we're ranked as having the No. 4 farm system in baseball. Law notes that New York parted ways with some of the depth within their farm system, most notably pitching prospects, at the trade deadline when they acquired Yoenis Cespedes, Tyler Clippard, Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson.  

Within the NL East, Atlanta ranked at No. 1, Philadelphia No. 6, Washington No. 15 and Miami came in at No. 29. 

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Tim Reilly

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(Brad Penner)

C Kevin Plawecki had sinus surgery in December >> Read more

C Travis d'Arnaud thinks the Mets are "going to be great" in 2016 >> Read more

Former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones praised the Mets' pitching and said the team should be World Series favorites >> Read more

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New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (22) bats against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin)
New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (22) bats against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin)

New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki hopes he solved his dizziness issues from last season after undergoing sinus surgery in December, according to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News.

"It was almost like a drunk feeling without having anything to drink, that's the best description," said Plawecki. "Makes you very uneasy. It's scary, really, too, because you can't pinpoint why."

Plawecki, who will soon turn 25, battled this sinus issue for a large chunk of last season. He is expected to serve as the Mets backup catcher this year behind the oft-injured Travis d'Arnaud. Given d'Arnaud's injury history, a clean bill of health for Plawecki is good news for the Mets.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud, Tim Reilly
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New York Mets' Travis d'Arnaud hits a home run during the sixth inning of Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)  (David J. Phillip/AP)
New York Mets' Travis d'Arnaud hits a home run during the sixth inning of Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)

Mets C Travis d'Arnaud has the highest of expectations for 2016, he recently told the New York Post's Kevin Kernan.

"I think we're going to be great,'' d'Arnaud told Kernan at Tradition Field. "The goal this year is World Series again and this time win it.''

D'Arnaud believes the experience gained from last season will help make his teammates, especially the pitching staff, better than they were in 2015.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud
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