Update, 9:46 p.m.: The Mets said Travis d'Arnaud went to the hospital for x-rays on his left elbow.


D'Arnaud left Saturday's game at Atlanta after injuring his left elbow in a play at the plate in the sixth.

D'Arnaud, who had a two-run single and a solo homer, was hurt trying to tag A.J. Pierzyski, who was trying to score on Nathan Ciarico's fly to left. Michael Cuddyer's throw was up the third-base line, and Pierzynski collided with d'Arnaud, who couldn't hold on to the ball.

D'Arnaud had just returned from the disabled list after breaking his right hand in April. Trainers appeared focused on his left hand before d'Arnaud left the game.

Pierzynski, who was 3-for-3 with a single, double and triple, scored to give the Braves a 5-4 lead.

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Callaway, Gomez happy after win 00:01:56
Mickey Callaway spoke about the Mets 4-game series sweep and how it was important to get Carlos Gomez to the majors.

The Mets have needed to dip into their Triple-A Syracuse roster recently to alleviate some of the injuries plaguing their core players. And those have been called up are making an immediate impact. 

For today's comeback win, that recent call-up was Carlos Gomez

With two runners on and the Mets down one, Gomez found himself in a hole with a 1-2 count and two outs already on the board. But Wander Suero didn't hit his spot with a fastball, and Gomez put a quick swing on it to lift it over the fence for a three-run homer. And that was all she wrote as the Mets swept the four-game series...

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May 23, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after allowing a single to Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
May 23, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after allowing a single to Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

Matt Harvey's introduction to the American League hasn't gone as planned.

The former Mets ace, who signed with the Los Angeles Angels this offseason, was bounced in the third inning of Thursday's start against the Twins, allowing eight earned runs on seven hits.


Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher David Peterson (77) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher David Peterson (77) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets LHP prospect David Peterson has rounded into form lately while pitching for Double-A Binghamton, and the big lefty could be an option for the Mets' rotation in 2020...


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Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 240 lbs

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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with Dominic Smith (22) after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with Dominic Smith (22) after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With exactly one half of the Mets' regular starting lineup on the IL, it makes sense for them to get a bit creative when it comes to their lineup construction between now and when Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, and Brandon Nimmo return.

While Wilson Ramos (catcher), Pete Alonso (first base), Amed Rosario (shortstop), and Juan Lagares (center field) will start most days, the Mets need to shake things up elsewhere. 

Mets manager Mickey Callaway hinted over the last two days about what some of that creativity could look like. Here are four lineup ideas the Mets should consider as they wait for their injured players to return...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) watches from the dugout during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) watches from the dugout during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After recently suffering a "violent fall" at his ranch, Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes' season is officially over without it having ever begun. 

Cespedes suffered "ankle fractures" during the fall, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen.said on Monday, and underwent ankle surgery on Thursday.

Van Wagenen said Monday that Cespedes was being evaluated at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and that they needed more information from doctors before fully understanding the severity of the injury.

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May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets won a wild one against the Nats on Thursday afternoon to complete a four-game sweep >> Box score

Five things to know about Thursday's game

1) Trailing 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, the Nats elected to walk Wilson Ramos intentionally to put runners on first and second for Carlos Gomez, who crushed a three-run homer to left-center field off reliever Wander Suarez to give the Mets a 6-4 lead. Dominic Smith had doubled to start the inning.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Apr 16, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Aaron Altherr (23) hits a single during the first inning of the game the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Apr 16, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Aaron Altherr (23) hits a single during the first inning of the game the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

With their entire starting outfield on the IL and both Carlos Gomez and Rajai Davis up from Triple-A Syracuse, the Mets have added another outfielder to the current group.

Aaron Altherr has been claimed off waivers from the Giants, the Mets announced Thursday afternoon.

The 28-year-old Altherr is out of options, so he will have to be added to the Mets' 25-man roster.

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Carlos Gomez 3-run home run 00:00:26
Carlos Gomez was ecstatic after hitting a 3-run bomb to give the Mets a 6-4 lead in the 8th inning to potentially sweep the Nats.

The Mets reliniquished their lead in the top of the seventh, but they took it right back that inning thanks to Carlos Gomez

The veteran outfielder ripped a three-run homer to left-center field, and celebrated around the base paths in typical Gomez fashion...

In the bottom of the sixth, the Mets regained their lead thanks to some situational hitting...

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Apr 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Jason Vargas, who has been out since May 5 due to a hamstring issue, will return to the Mets' rotation on Saturday against the Tigers at Citi Field.

Vargas, who made a rehab start earlier this week for Double-A Binghamton, will be sandwiched between Noah Syndergaard (who pitches Friday) and Zack Wheeler (who pitches Sunday). 

The 36-year-old Vargas struggled badly at the beginning of the season, with his spot in the rotation becoming tenuous. But he had rebounded before his injury.

Tags: Anthony Kay, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Three days after calling a press conference where he offered tepid support of Mickey Callaway, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen congratulated his manager on a milestone.

"Congrats Mickey Callaway on your 100th win as @Mets manager last night," Callaway tweeted. "Looking forward to many more. #LGM"

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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets are now without exactly one half of their regular starting lineup.

A day after Jeff McNeil expressed optimism he would be able to return to the lineup Thursday after sitting on Wednesday due to hamstring tightness, McNeil -- who has not yet had an MRI -- has been placed on the 10-day IL.

McNeil said Thursday that he feels the injury is minor and that he hopes to be back as soon as the minimum 10 days are up. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (23-25, 4.5 GB in NL East) go for a series sweep and seek to win their fourth straight game (which would be a season high) when they take on the Nationals (19-30, 9 GB) on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

Pete Alonso has a .302/.375/.698 batting line with four home runs and nine RBIs in 12 games against the Nationals this season. ... Over his last six games, Todd Frazier is hitting .412 with one RBI and three extra-base hits. ... The Mets bullpen has the best ERA (2.03) in the majors in the month of May and has held opponents to a .173 batting average.

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May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) celebrate after scoring on a double by New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (not pictured) during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) celebrate after scoring on a double by New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (not pictured) during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (23-25, 4.5 GB in the NL East) rallied late to beat the Nationals on Wednesday night at Citi Field as they won their third-straight game. They wrap up their series with the Nats on Thursday at 12:10 PM.

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


In the Mets' win over the Nats, New York turned a 1-0 eighth-inning deficit into a 6-1 lead in the span of two batters >> Read more

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Rajai Davis pinch-hit HR 00:00:20
New York Mets outfielder Rajai Davis hits his first career pinch hit home run in his first ever Mets at bat to give Mets a 6-1 lead.

Playing for seven different teams in his 14-year career, one would think Rajai Davis has seen it all in the baseball world. But debuting for his eighth team in the Mets on Wednesday night was definitely one he will never forget. 

Davis has been playing for the Triple-A Syracuse Mets, and he woke up this morning in Allentown, PA like any other day. He arrived at Coca-Cola Park, and began warming up to face the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs -- the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate. But while taking his BP, Davis was told that he was actually getting called up. 

The 38-year-old thought it was a joke, but it turns out Brandon Nimmo was put on the IL after an MRI revealed inflammation has been causing his neck stiffness. And the news came less than two hours before first pitch at Citi Field. So Davis had to pack his things as fast as possible, and hightail it to Flushing to join the big club...

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Mets depth key in latest victory 00:01:46
New York Mets outfielder Rajai Davis explains how he was late getting to the game but happy he was able to contribute right away.

The Mets turned to some late-inning dramatics for the second night in a row, as Juan Lagares and Rajai Davis delivered a pair of huge hits in the eighth inning of the Mets' 6-1 win over Washington. >> Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Mets received some late-game clutch hitting for the second night in a row on Wednesday. The Nats' bullpen loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Juan Lagares delivered the clutch blow, raking a double into the left-center gap to give the Mets the 3-1 lead. After an intentional walk to Wilson Ramos, Rajai Davis lined a three-run shot to left in his first at-bat as a Met, extending the lead to 6-1.

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Mets crush Nationals 6-1 00:01:12
New York Mets needed some late heroics from Juan Lagares and Rajai Davis to pave the way for their 6-1 victory.

The Mets turned to some late-inning dramatics for the second night in a row, as Juan Lagares and Rajai Davis delivered a pair of huge hits in the eighth inning of the Mets' 6-1 win over Washington. >> Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Mets received some late-game clutch hitting for the second night in a row on Wednesday. The Nats' bullpen loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Juan Lagares delivered the clutch blow, raking a double into the left-center gap to give the Mets the 3-1 lead. After an intentional walk to Wilson Ramos, Rajai Davis lined a three-run shot to left in his first at-bat as a Met, extending the lead to 6-1.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Rajai Davis, Washington Nationals
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Juan Lagares 3-run double 00:00:18
New York Mets outfielder Juan Lagares clears the bases with a 3-run double to give the Mets a 3-1 lead in the 8th inning.

The Mets couldn't push anything across the scoreboard against Max Scherzer, but when Sean Doolittle took the mound, it was a very different story. 

New York found the bases loaded and a chance to not only tie the game, but take the lead as well. Juan Lagares was up for the task as he hit a three-run double to clear the bases and give the Mets the lead.

But the Mets weren't done in that inning. In his first at-bat as a Met after being called up today, Rajai Davis had a pinch-hit three-run homer to put the nail in the coffin...

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May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets take another injury hit as Robinson Cano left Wednesday night's game against the Nationals.

The team announced Cano suffered left quad tightness. The injury occurred when Cano grounded out to second, and while busting it down the line, he pulled up short before touching first base.

After manager Mickey Callaway checked on Cano with a trainer, the decision was made to hit the showers early. Adeiny Hechavarria took his spot in the lineup...

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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

With Brandon Nimmo's neck stiffness persisting, he is heading to the IL, the team announced on Wednesday.

Nimmo was set to have an MRI today to see what was wrong with his neck, and it revealed inflammation in the area. On Tuesday, Nimmo said he was "a little bit concerned" about it, while adding the stiffness from earlier this season never fully went away.

"I'm a little bit concerned about it, but we're hoping that we'll find some answers tomorrow," Nimmo said. "It's been going off and on since really Philadelphia...

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Smith open to other positions 00:02:06
New York Mets first baseman Dom Smith is open to playing other positions but could catcher actually be an option?

Since Spring Training, the Mets have made it a point to say Dominic Smith is being viewed by the team as primarily a first baseman. That meant no outfield reps for the 23-year-old, even though he told the team he wanted to do so. 

Fast forward a few months and the Mets have been left no choice but to consider Smith for outfield time considering the recent injuries to players like Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Jeff McNeil

Manager Mickey Callaway admitted to the media before Wednesday night's game against the Nationals that Smith could be featured in the outfield if need be.

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Mitchell takes BP before game 00:01:26
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell took BP with the Mets. Mitchell's dad is the Director of Player Relations and Community Engagement.

Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell was in the house at Citi Field on Wednesday night, and if his NBA career doesn't end up working out, he could potentially pick up a career in baseball.

Mitchell, who averaged 23.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game last season, took some confident swings inside the cage, met with Mets' players, and even took some infield work at first base.

Named to the 2017-18 All-Rookie team, Mitchell has family ties to the Mets, as his father, Donovan Mitchell Sr., serves as the team's Director of Player Relations and Community Engagement. 

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Gelbs and DiComo talk Mets 00:16:41
Steve Gelbs and Anthony DiComo were live from the Citi Pavilion providing the latest updates on the Mets and answering questions from fans!

Steve Gelbs and Anthony DiComo were live from the Citi Pavilion today providing the latest updates on the Mets and answering questions from fans!

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Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts during the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts during the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (22-25, 5.5 GB in NL East) have bounced back from a five-game skid to capture back-to-back victories against the Nats. Jacob deGrom toes the rubber tonight attempting to push the streak to three games.

Mets notes

After Tuesday night's walkoff 6-5 win over Washington (the team's second walkoff win of the year), the Mets can clinch their fifth series win of the season with a victory tonight. ... The Mets have posted a 16-13 record against NL East foes, the most wins by any team against its own division this season. ... deGrom is 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA in his three career duels against Max Scherzer. ... Pete Alonso's 16 home runs are the most ever by a Mets rookie before the All-Star break.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals
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Doug Williams and Andy Martino return for a special second helping of Shea Anything this week! Since the last show, the Mets committed to Mickey Callaway for the "foreseeable future" - and the guys explain how it went down and what it all means.

They also try to figure out what happened to Yoenis Cespedes on his ranch, and what could happen to his future with the Mets...

Click below to listen...

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Mickey talks Edwin Diaz's usage 00:00:48
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway explains the Mets are in a do or die situation and it may call for them to use Edwin Diaz for 4 outs.

Roughly five weeks after Mets manager Mickey Callaway suggested the team would wait until the playoffs to use Edwin Diaz for more than three outs, the Edwin Diaz rules are no longer in effect.

As part of that adjustment, Diaz -- with Callaway saying they're now treating these games like the "playoffs" -- will be available for more than three outs.

That's a big change from what Callaway said on April 16, shortly before GM Brodie Van Wagenen sang a similar tune regarding Diaz.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

A day after GM Brodie Van Wagenen said the Mets were waiting to see what baseball activities he could participate in, Michael Conforto was seen on Citi Field looking like his normal self. 

Conforto was deemed symptom-free of his concussion over the weekend, and the Mets were awaiting his test results to see how to proceed. Well, the veteran outfielder was playing catch and "delivering throws with some zip," per MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. He even said Conforto came out of the clubhouse "smiley," which is always a good sign.

Conforto was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on Friday after leaving Thursday's game against the Nationals in the bottom of the fifth inning after getting hit in the face by Robinson Cano's shoulder while both of them were trying to field a fly ball...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Jeff McNeil is out of the Mets' lineup on Wednesday night due to a hamstring issue he first felt in the ninth inning of Tuesday's win.

"Felt it last night, got some treatment," McNeil said before the game. "It's tight."

In the ninth inning on Tuesday, McNeil reached on a fielder's choice before taking second base on defensive indifference, where he said he first felt the hamstring bothering him -- "kind of tigthened up on me there and I was feeling it."

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Pete Alonso fell behind in the count, 0-2, in the eighth inning Tuesday night, fouling off and then swinging through high fastballs at 98 mph, so the power vs. power showdown seemed to favor Tanner Rainey, a 26-year old rookie called up from the minors a few days ago.

As a National League scout said Wednesday, "I wouldn't have bet on Alonso at that point. Lately he's been getting pitched tougher and he's been chasing up in the zone a little more, which is normal for a young guy when he goes through his first rough patch.

"But I'll tell you, the more I see of him, the more impressed I am -- especially in a big spot. He's hit a lot of big home runs in the late innings, and after a while you start to think it's not an accident."

Tags: Pete Alonso, John Harper
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Former Mets catcher and Hall of Fame member Mike Piazza addresses the crowd during a ceremony to retire his number (31) prior to the game between New York Mets and the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin)
Former Mets catcher and Hall of Fame member Mike Piazza addresses the crowd during a ceremony to retire his number (31) prior to the game between New York Mets and the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin)

On this date in 1998, while working the service desk at Home Depot, I answered an urgent phone call from my mother, who, as a Mets fan herself, was eager to tell me the Mets traded for "that pizza guy," as she called him.

I laughed, knowing full well she meant Mike Piazza, who never would have become the legend he is in Queens had the Dodgers never turned their backs on his contract request.

Piazza wanted at least $91 million during his Spring Training negotiations with the Dodgers in early 1998. They never offered more than $84 million, Piazza rejected it, and Los Angeles began floating his name in trade talks with interested teams. The Mets were among several teams to show interest...

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May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets outfielder Keon Broxton (23) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)
May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets outfielder Keon Broxton (23) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

The Mets have gotten something back for Keon Broxton after designating him for assignment on May 17.

New York had seven days to either trade Broxton or place him on waivers, and swung a trade on Wednesday to send Broxton to the Orioles for $500,000 in international bonus pool money.

Getting that amount of international bonus pool money for a player they would've otherwise placed on waivers -- and couldn't force to accept a minor league assignment if he cleared waivers -- is a solid get for the Mets. But it doesn't erase the fact that the initial Broxton trade was a massive failure for GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks on as his players warm up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks on as his players warm up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

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Following an embarrassing weekend in Miami, when the historically bad Marlins swept a Mets team that lacked any signs of life, the Mets front office knew it had only two choices: Fire manager Mickey Callaway immediately or say publicly that his job was safe.

GM Brodie Van Wagenen chose to do that latter, of course, even though it's very clear that the Mets do not view Callaway as their manager of the future, or particularly effective at his job. In a year-plus, Callaway has improved somewhat as a tactician and communicator, but clearly lacks the necessary presence or expertise.

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Washington Nationals at New York Mets
Moneyline: WAS -105/NYM -105
Over/Under: 6.5
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
Probable pitchers: Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.98 ERA) vs. Max Scherzer (2-5, 3.72 ERA)

There's an Opening Day rematch set for the third game of this series, as the National League's last two Cy Young Award winners square off tonight at Citi Field.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Washington Nationals
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Alonso plays Backyard Baseball 00:01:51
If you grew up in the early 2000s, then you'll remember Backyard Baseball. Pete Alonso fielded a star-studded team.

If you grew up in the early 2000s, then you'll remember Backyard Baseball. Mets 1B Pete Alonso fielded a star-studded team.

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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates after hitting a RBI single in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates after hitting a RBI single in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (22-25, 5.5 GB in the NL East) rallied late to beat the Nationals on Tuesday night at Citi Field as they won their second straight game. They host the Nats again on Wednesday night at 7:10.

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


In the Mets' win over the Nats, Pete Alonso hit a mammoth game-tying homer in the eighth inning before Amed Rosario walked it off in the ninth with an infield single >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Mets talk walk-off win 00:01:55
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and first baseman Pete Alonso talk about their clutch hits to help Mets walk off against Nationals.

The Mets topped the Nationals in dramatic fashion Tuesday night at Citi Field with a 6-5 walk-off win courtesy of Amed Rosario's hustle. 

The shortstop hit a chopper to short but out-ran the throw to score Adeiny Hecchavaria from third base to win the game. 

"It was an incredible feeling," Rosario said through a translator after the game. "How emotional I was just because it was my first walk-off and it's our second game in a row that we won after a bad stretch."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Pete Alonso, Washington Nationals
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Mets beat Nats 6-5 on walk-off 00:01:09
New York Mets saw home runs from J.D. Davis and Pete Alonso but it was Amed Rosario's walk-off single boosted them over the Nationals.

J.D. Davis and Pete Alonso each hit dramatic late-inning home runs, and Amed Rosario delivered a walkoff single in Tuesday's 6-5 win over Washington. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

1) After a back-and-forth final few innings, Amed Rosario hustled out an infield single to give the Mets a walkoff 6-5 victory on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Nats' reliever Tanner Rainey walked two batters in the bottom of the ninth, and Rosario delivered with a high-hopping infield single off of Kyle Barraclough to give the Mets the win.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Brandon Nimmo was penciled in to leadoff and man center field for the Mets on Tuesday night, but then he was scratched as the team announced neck stiffness sat him down. 

After Tuesday's dramatic 6-5 victory, Nimmo said that he'll have an MRI on Wednesday and that his neck stiffness from earlier this season never totally went away.

"I'm a little bit concerned about it, but we're hoping that we'll find some answers tomorrow," Nimmo said. "It's been going off and on since really Philadelphia.

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Aug 29, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) tips his helmet after hitting a grand slam home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)
Aug 29, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) tips his helmet after hitting a grand slam home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)

Mets third baseman Todd Frazier and Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton found themselves in the center of a feud this week, which apparently stems back to 2016 when they were teammates with the White Sox. 

Frazier alluded to a locker room incident that season prior to Tuesday's game when he fired back at Eaton for calling the Mets third baseman "childish" for jawing at him on the field. 

"There are 23 of those guys, they know what happened," Frazier said. 

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Todd Frazier
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Jul 29, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins former manager Ozzie Guillen walks on the field before the game between the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 29, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins former manager Ozzie Guillen walks on the field before the game between the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The feud between Mets 3B Todd Frazier and Nationals OF Adam Eaton had another player jump in the argument. Well, former player. 

Ozzie Guillen, the longtime White Sox player and manager, gave his take on the Frazier-Eaton beef that has come to light this past couple of days. Though he may not have been in the Chicago clubhouse when Frazier and Eaton were teammates, Guillen said he knows well that Eaton was not the most-liked player on that team. 

In fact, he wasn't afraid to say it to Eaton himself...

Tags: Todd Frazier, Scott Thompson
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Alonso ties game with 16th HR 00:00:21
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso smashes his 16th home run to tie the game against the Nationals in the 8th inning

The Nationals pulled away with a 3-1 lead in this one, but J.D. Davis once again showed off his pinch-hitting magic. 

With two runners on, Davis went with a pitch to right field and put it over the fence to give the Mets their first lead of the game...

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Mets prospect Anthony Kay, whose dominance so far in 2019 has put him in the conversation to jump to the majors this season, is becoming impossible to ignore. And along with his on-field success comes a demeanor that seems built for the place he grew up.  

"He's one of my favorites, if not my favorite," UConn pitching coach Josh MacDonald told SNY Tuesday about where Kay falls among the many players he's coached during his career. 

MacDonald -- who said he has been texting with Kay "two-to-three times a night" as he has dominated in Double-A Binghamton -- coached Kay during his time at UConn, after which the Mets selected the Long Island native in the 2016 MLB Draft.

Tags: Anthony Kay, Danny Abriano
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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (21-25, 6.5 GB in NL East) will look to keep it going Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field after taking the first game of the series Monday.

Mets notes

The Mets snapped a five-game losing streak on Monday and enter Tuesday's game winners of their last four games at Citi Field. ... Pete Alonso hit his 15th home run on Monday, which tied a Mets rookie record with Ron Swoboda for home runs before the All-Star break. Alonso leads all MLB rookies in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. ... Todd Frazier has found his groove again over his last six games, hitting .400 with a run, double, tirple, RBI, twoo walks and a 1.071 OPS in that span. 

Tags: Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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Frazier: 'pay off your mortgage' 00:03:53
Todd Frazier and Adam Eaton got into a spat between innings last night, it's become clear the former teammates are not fans of each other.

Pay off your mortgage. 

That's what Todd Frazier thinks Adam Eaton should do, as the beef between the former White Sox teammates took new life between Monday night and pregame Tuesday. 

Frazier and Eaton were seen jawing at each other during the Mets' 5-3 win over the Nationals on Monday, with the benches nearly clearing. After the game, Eaton called Frazier's behavior "childish" and said "I'm a 30-year-old man with two kids. Got a mortgage and everything and he wants to loud-talk as he's running off the field." 

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The Mets are four games below .500 and six losses back of first place. Yet, based on GM Brodie Van Wagenen's comments Monday, he and his team remain committed to getting to the postseason.

In addition, Van Wagenen said that manager Mickey Callaway has the support of the clubhouse, front office and ownership. Van Wagenen has no choice but to stick with his manager or risk losing credibility with his on-field talent.

The point is, despite the microscope of New York and a frustrated fanbase, the Mets are locked in to at least fighting their way through the NL East. However, what are the chances Van Wagenen and Company rise to the top of a playoff race and play in October?

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Anthony Kay's outing yesterday 00:01:29
Highlight of Anthony Kay throwing seven hitless innings at Binghamton's game Monday night.

For a little while on Monday -- with the Mets and Double-A Binghamton both listing their starters as 'TBA' -- it seemed that LHP prospect Anthony Kay could be hours away from making his big league debut. That didn't happen, but it didn't stop Kay from making news anyway.

Kay, the 24-year-old who has been one of the best pitchers in all of minor league baseball this season, fired 7.0 no-hit innings for Binghamton on Monday night before being removed at just 88 pitches due to his pitch-count being managed.

During the outing, Kay walked one and struck out eight, lowering his ERA to 1.07 and WHIP to 0.77.

Tags: Anthony Kay, Danny Abriano
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Eaton calls Frazier 'childish' 00:00:44
Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier were separated by teammates between innings. Frazier said nothing happened while Eaton had some opinions.

As the Mets were beating the Nationals on Monday night at Citi Field, the MASN camera caught something -- Todd Frazier of the Mets and Adam Eaton of the Nationals having to be separated between innings.

During the incident, some of the Nationals started spilling out of the dugout in preparation for a potential brawl.

So what happened?

Tags: Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) looks on from the dugout steps in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) looks on from the dugout steps in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (21-25, 6.5 GB in the NL East) snapped a five game losing streak Monday and will face the Nationals at Citi Field again Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


Mets prospects Ronny Mauricio and Mark Vientos are playing well for Class A Columbia. Find out how the rest of the Mets' big-name Minor Leaguers are doing in Top Prospect Watch. >> Read More

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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Pete Alonso hits home run 00:00:17
Pete Alonso hit his 15th home run giving the Mets a 2-0 lead over the Washington Nationals in the 1st inning

Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso voiced his support for manager Mickey Callaway after hitting a historic home run in Monday's 5-3 win over the Nationals.

"He's a great leader and all of us love playing for him," Alonso said. "He's a great manager. It would be devastating if his job was in jeopardy or he wasn't the skipper anymore. I think he deserves to be our manager. He's a great leader and we all love playing for him."

Amid the Mets' five-game losing streak that dropped them to 20-25, including a sweep at the hands of the last-place Marlins, GM Brodie Van Wagenen said earlier Monday how he envisions Callaway being the manager for the "foreseeable future."

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Mets talk win 00:01:03
Mickey Callaway and Pete Alonso discuss Monday's 5-3 win for the Mets over the Washington Nationals in Citi Field

A day after not running out a ground ball, Mets second baseman Robinson Cano hit a pinch-hit double in the eighth inning, getting to second base in 8.43 seconds, his fastest time since 2016, according to MLB.com's Andrew Simon.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway took notice.

"I think he got the hint," Callaway said after Monday's 5-3 win over the Nationals, a game in which Cano was not in the starting lineup.

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