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 (AP)
(AP)

Young slugger Aaron Judge makes his Citi Field debut Wednesday night when the Yankees play the Mets, but he will be met by fellow All-Star Michael Conforto, whose star-making 2017 is quickly climbing the list of best Mets seasons ever.

Still just 24 years old, Conforto began his third MLB season looking to put aside the memory of his disappointing sophomore effort -- and he has succeeded in a big way. His .957 OPS is 10th-best in baseball and is the seventh-best season mark in Mets history, alongside such names as Mike Piazza, David Wright, and Darryl Strawberry. He trails Judge's 1.029 mark for 2017, but is rapidly closing the gap -- and hasn't had the luxury of playing in cozy Yankee Stadium, nor the luxury of playing at his natural position.

Once scouted as a 15-to-20 home run bat, Conforto has found his power stroke in a way few Mets his age ever have. With six weeks of baseball left, he has knocked 26 home runs, tying David Wright's 2006 total for fifth-most among Mets under 25. He should easily smash the record of 30, also held by Wright. And Conforto is only getting better as the season heats up, with 12 home runs in the second half...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Michael Conforto, Maggie Wiggin
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Aug 14, 2017; Stanton (27) rounds the bases at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2017; Stanton (27) rounds the bases at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton has cleared waivers and is eligible to be traded to any team, sources recently told Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

According to Passan, four teams, including the Giants, have already reached out the Marlins, with having already exchanged player names prior to the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

Stanton, 27, is hitting .283 with a .374 OBP, while leading the league in home runs (43) and slugging percentage (.640).

He is in the third year of a 13-year, $325 million contract, which contains a no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. The deal also includes a $25 million team option for 2028.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has stayed hot at the plate since the All-Star break and is developing into a leader as New York trades several players in waiver deals.

Conforto hit his 11th home run over his last 26 games in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the team's second game since trading second baseman Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers and fourth since trading outfielder Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians.

After the Mets recalled top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith from the minors earlier this month, Conforto said he has tried to channel what Bruce and Walker taught him in helping other players transition into the majors by becoming more of a leader.

"There are a lot of young guys coming up and now, I guess to them, I am kind of the veteran," Conforto, 24, said, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:07
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies

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

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

1) Curtis Granderson led the Mets on offense with three hits, three RBIs, and two runs scored. He doubled in the first, hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and added a single in the seventh inning. Michael Conforto hit his 26th home run and had two RBIs, while Jose Reyes had two hits and scored twice. Wilmer Flores also had two hits, including an RBI single in the seventh inning.

2) Chris Flexen struck out a career-high five batters and limited the Phillies to two runs on six hits in five innings to earn his second big league win. Chasen Bradford, Jerry Blevens, Paul Sewald, and AJ Ramos each pitched scoreless innings in relief to close out the win for the Mets.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto
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New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares attempts to make a catch against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares attempts to make a catch against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

With Jay Bruce traded to the Cleveland Indians and Curtis Granderson set to be a free agent at season's end, that allows the Mets to move Michael Conforto to right field in 2018.

So where do team officials turn for a center fielder next season? After all, a platoon of Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares in that position (with Yoenis Cespedes and Conforto in the corners) really does not seem like the best-case scenario.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets OF Michael Conforto will hit in the middle of the order going forward this season, manager Terry Collins said on Thursday.

Conforto has hit primarily leadoff this season. The last time he started a game not in the leadoff spot was July 20, when he hit third.

He is hitting fourth on Thursday night, with Yoenis Cespedes third. Curtis Granderson is leading off.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets and the rest of Major League Baseball will have nicknames on the backs of special jerseys during "Players Weekend" from Aug. 25-27 as the team plays the Nationals in Washington, D.C.

Orange caps will also be worn.

Click below for images

 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, TJ Rivera
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:38
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 5-4 win over Texas.

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

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

1) Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud homered in the first two innings as the Mets jumped out to 4-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera had an RBI double in the seventh after the Rangers had cut the deficit to, 4-3. Conforto walked twice and reached safely three times.

2) Chris Flexen was charged with three runs over a career-high 5 2/3 innings to notch his first Major League win in his Citi Field debut. The right-hander allowed four hits -- including a pair of solo homers to Joey Gallo and Adrian Beltre -- and three walks with four strikeouts. He also picked up his first big league hit with a double in the fifth.

3) Erik Goeddel allowed an inherited runner to score in the sixth, but combined with Jerry Blevins to toss 2 1/3 scoreless innings. AJ Ramos allowed a solo homer to Robinson Chirinos in the ninth but picked up his 21st save of the season and first with the Mets.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

Mets SS Amed Rosario has impressed his manager and teammates during his first week in the majors.

Rosario, who made his Mets debut last Tuesday against the Rockies in Colorado, has gone 4-for-22 with two triples and has been smooth at shortstop.

"In five or six games, you can see that this kid's going to be a very good player," Collins told Newsday on Sunday. "Obviously, there's a lot of things he's going to learn how to do and he'll do it on his own because he's a sharp kid."

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto
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 (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
(Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Jay Bruce is interested in returning to the Mets next season, but he's also open to all opportunities and offers, he recently told the NY Post's Kevin Kernan.

Bruce is eligible to be a free agent and intends to test the open market this winter for the first time since being drafted by the Reds in 2005. 

"I feel great. I feel comfortable. I love the guys here,'' he added. However, he continued, "I'm not dismissing any type of opportunity that I have here in the future, but I'm also not assuming that that's going to be the case either. People work a long time to get to free agency and I think that's important. This most definitely will be a viable option for me. We'll just have to wait and see.''

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker
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Terry Collins talks with Sandy Alderson at Citi Field. (Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE)
Terry Collins talks with Sandy Alderson at Citi Field. (Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE)

Terry Collins is in the final year of a two-year extension he signed at the end of 2015.

To date, there have been no reports that he and the Mets have discussed a contract extension.

"That his situation remains unresolved is just one indication that there doesn't seem to be a clamoring within the Mets organization to retain Collins, and it may well be that -- after seven years of managing the Mets -- he's ready to move on to something else," ESPN.com's Buster Olney wrote this past weekend. "Nobody has said anything out loud, one way or the other."

Tags: David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Alderson joins Loud Mouths 00:11:14
Mets GM Sandy Alderson joins the show to discuss the decision to finally call up Amed Rosario amongst other various trade deadline moves.

In addition to announcing Amed Rosario will make his major league debut tonight, Mets GM Sandy Alderson also offered the following noteworthy insights about his intentions for the remainder of this season and beyond...

1. Don't discount an August trade

The Mets could deal Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, or Jay Bruce to any team this month provided the player clears waivers. Players with bigger contracts, such as Cabrera, Granderson and Bruce, typically clear waivers, since teams seeking to block a trade are reluctant to put in a claim. After all, if a team claimed a Mets veteran, Alderson conceivably could dump the contract on the claiming team, even if no trade is completed...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Alderson joins Loud Mouths 00:11:14
Mets GM Sandy Alderson joins the show to discuss the decision to finally call up Amed Rosario amongst other various trade deadline moves.

In addition to announcing Amed Rosario will make his major league debut tonight, Mets GM Sandy Alderson also offered the following noteworthy insights about his intentions for the remainder of this season and beyond...

1. Don't discount an August trade

The Mets could deal Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, or Jay Bruce to any team this month provided the player clears waivers. Players with bigger contracts, such as Cabrera, Granderson and Bruce, typically clear waivers, since teams seeking to block a trade are reluctant to put in a claim. After all, if a team claimed a Mets veteran, Alderson conceivably could dump the contract on the claiming team, even if no trade is completed...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Playing out the string while largely out of contention is not proving to be dull for the Mets.

On a whirlwind Friday, the Mets placed T.J. Rivera on the DL with a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow that ideally will calm without the need for Tommy John surgery, activated Neil Walker and Brandon Nimmo from the disabled list, defeated the Mariners 7-5 behind two homers from Michael Conforto in his return to his native Seattle, and acquired reliever A.J. Ramos from the Marlins with an eye toward reconstructing their bullpen for 2018.

And, soon, top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith should be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, TJ Rivera
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:02
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-5 win over the Mariners in Seattle

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

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

1) Michael Conforto's second solo homer of the game tied the score in the eighth and New York tacked on two more on RBI singles by Neil Walker and Curtis Granderson to give the Mets a come-from-behind win after blowing an early 4-0 lead.

2) Jay Bruce's two-run homer in the first, Conforto's first solo shot in the third and Wilmer Flores' sacrifice fly later in the inning gave the Mets a 4-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera singled three times and scored three runs, including the go-ahead tally in the eighth.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero
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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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Michael Conforto (30) fields a single by Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (not pictured) in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Conforto (30) fields a single by Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (not pictured) in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Michael Conforto has increased his playing time in center field and would not mind playing the position over an extended period, he told the New York Daily News

"I think as long as I can play there, I would definitely enjoy playing there. If you're asking me, I'd love to play out there every day. It'd be awesome," Conforto said Saturday. "But I don't know what the plans are for me or for the team moving forward. I guess from my standpoint all I can do is try to play as well as I can out there, show that I can cover some ground and be effective out there. But I definitely enjoy playing out there, that's for sure. So we'll see what happens."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:09
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-5 win over the Athletics

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

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

1) Michael Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and tied his career high with four RBIs. His second home run in the seventh gave the Mets a four-run cushion at the time and proved to be the difference in the game.

2) T.J. Rivera hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth and then raced around the bases for a Little League home run when A's third baseman Matt Chapman threw wildly towards second base. Yoenis Cespedes paced the Mets with three hits while Conforto and Rivera each had two for New York.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Steven Matz
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:12
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 3-2 win over the Cardinal

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

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

1) Jose Reyes hit what would've been an inning-ending ground out to first base in the ninth inning, but Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal was slow covering first base, allowing for Reyes to beat the throw as Yoenis Cespedes scored the winning run from third base.

2) Wilmer Flores hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning with the Mets trailing, 2-1. Lucas Duda had given the Mets a 1-0 lead when he homered to right-center field in the second inning.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores
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Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

It's feeling like the Mets may be missing the moment to make a trade. Admittedly, I started today worried they may botch the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, end up stuck with pending free agents and lose out on acquiring prospects and players who could help next season.

However, after talking to people around baseball, I'm slightly less pessimistic.

For starters, according to Ken Rosenthal, Mets GM Sandy Alderson and the Mets are willing to include cash in trades to get better prospects back in deals, sources with knowledge of the team's thinking said.

This is good news. It'll help push things through. And, I'm glad Alderson was able to convince ownership of this approach when the front office held a strategy session earlier this week.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 7/14 00:03:00
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 14-2 win over the Colorado Rockies.

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom allowed one earned run over eight innings to win a career-high sixth consecutive start. The right-hander allowed four hits and walked one while striking out 11. DeGrom also went 2-for-4 with an RBI to raise his average to .286.

2) Michael Conforto homered and matched his career high with four RBIs. T.J. Rivera also went deep and tied his personal best by plating three runs. Yoenis Cespedes snapped out of a 6-for-46 slump with a double and four hits, and Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with a double to pace a 19-hit attack. Every Met except Jay Bruce and Travis d'Arnaud had multi-hit efforts.

3) Asdrubal Cabrera drove in three runs while Cespedes, Reyes and d'Arnaud chipped in with RBIs. New York broke the game open with six runs in the third inning.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Though the red-hot Jacob deGrom  threw yet another gem, the Mets bats ran rampant in their 14-2 win over the Rockies Friday. 

The All-Star break must have had the Mets anxious to hit as they put up 19 hits on the board, including three doubles and two home runs. 

The Mets' only All-Star, Michael Conforto, lead the team in RBIs with four after launching a three-run, opposite field homer for his 15th of the year. He finished the night 2-for-4 with two walks as well.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes
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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, comedian Steve Hofstetter and SiriusXM's Rob Brender check in during the All-Star break for a first half wrap, featuring:

  • A quick look at Michael Conforto at the All-Star Game in Miami
  • The best, worst, funniest, saddest, and strangest moments of the first half
  • A few trade deadline ideas
  • And the question…is this the last stand for Terry Collins?

To listen to the show, click play below or use this link to download...

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 (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
(Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets OF Michael Conforto says he's seen improvement from minor league OF Tim Tebow, currently playing with High-A St. Lucie.

"I actually was down in high-A for a rehab assignment, and I played with him. One thing I'll say about him is he always takes good at-bats," Conforto said, according to Brett Bodner of the NY Daily News. "He's got a good eye, he doesn't chase, and I think really that's half the battle in the game of baseball as far as being a good hitter."

"He's still got a long way to go, but I think I've seen a lot of improvement out of him. From spring to the one day I got to see him when I went down on Thursday (July 6), he looks like a much better player already," Conforto said. "If he just keeps getting better, who knows?"

Tags: Michael Conforto, Tim Tebow
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GEICO SportsNite: Conforto 00:01:54
The Mets' Michael Conforto talks about the amazing experience he had playing in his first All-Star Game.

Michael Conforto went 1-for-2 with a single and a strikeout in his first MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

Conforto replaced Marcell Ozuna in left field in the sixth inning, and an inning later he caught Avisail Garcia's line drive. In the bottom of the seventh, he lifted a bloop single into center field to pick up his first hit as an All-Star.

In his next at-bat, with the game tied in the ninth, Conforto struck out with two runners in scoring position to send the game into extra innings.

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Michael Conforto speaks from ASG 00:06:06
Michael Conforto joins the show to discuss his Midsummer classic experience in Miami as the Mets' lone All-Star in 2017.

Michael Conforto joins the show to discuss his Midsummer classic experience in Miami as the Mets' lone All-Star in 2017.

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Conforto on career so far 00:02:36
As he makes his first All-Star appearance, Michael Conforto looks back on his early struggles and success with the New York Mets.

As he makes his first All-Star appearance, Michael Conforto looks back on his early struggles and success with the Mets.

The 24-year-old Conforto, who spent much of last season in the minors after a strong debut in 2015, is hitting .284 with a .403 OBP and .542 SLG with 14 HR, 14 doubles, and 41 RBI in 70 games this season.

Conforto expects to enter Tuesday night's game in the sixth inning and receive one or two at-bats, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

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GEICO SportsNite: Conforto 00:01:58
Mets All-Star Michael Conforto is savoring every minute of his experience in Miami.

New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto said he is feeling healthy and enjoying his first All-Star experience as the team's only player to be named an All-Star this year.

"I'm definitely enjoying it," Conforto said, according to ESPN's Peter Lawrence-Riddell. "It's all brand new to me. Being around these guys is pretty awesome. It's a dream come true. To be amongst these guys is pretty special to me."

The 24-year-old Conforto is hitting .284 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs through 70 games this season. While he is the only Met to be in Miami, he said he hoped Jacob deGrom, who is 9-3 with a 3.65 ERA in 17 starts this season, and Jay Bruce, who has a .266/.334/.538 batting line with 23 home runs and 59 RBIs, would be All-Stars this season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto
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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (left), right fielder Jay Bruce (center) and left fielder Brandon Nimmo (right) celebrate their win over the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (left), right fielder Jay Bruce (center) and left fielder Brandon Nimmo (right) celebrate their win over the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have placed OF Brandon Nimmo on the disabled list with a partially collapsed lung and activated Michael Conforto from the disabled list.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto
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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets manager Terry Collins said OF Michael Conforto is with the team in St. Louis, and is expected to play this weekend.

Conforto played a rehab game with Port St. Lucie last night where he went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI in five plate appearances.

"Good night last night. Said it felt a little bit late in the game, but nothing he couldn't swing with, couldn't play with. We'll certainly try to get him in there this weekend."

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

Michael Conforto and Josh Smoker played in a rehab game Thursday for Single-A St. Lucie.

Conforto played nine innings in centerfield and had three hits with an RBI, while Smoker pitched a scoreless inning in relief, allowing one hit and striking out one batter.

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Michael Conforto was officially named a member of the NL's All-Star team Sunday.

He is the only player from his team to make the squad.

"It's a dream come true," Conforto told reporters Sunday. "It was a pretty cool moment for me this morning finding out. A lot of hard work went into it."

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto looks on during batting practice before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto looks on during batting practice before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets OF Michael Conforto is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game due to the bruised left hand he suffered on Sunday when he was hit by a pitch against the Giants in San Francisco.

Conforto, who will be reexamined by a doctor on Tuesday, could be available to pinch-hit, manager Terry Collins said.

Conforto left Sunday's game before the bottom of the sixth inning after he was hit on the wrist by a Matt Moore pitch in the top of the fifth. X-rays taken after the game were negative.

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Jun 23, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) is congratulated by third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Jun 23, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) is congratulated by third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

The Mets tallied 20 hits, two home runs, and seven doubles in an 11-run effort on Friday in San Francisco.

New York's offense immediately came alive with three hits in the first inning, and Wilmer Flores' RBI single yielded the team's first run. In the second inning, the Mets broke out and scored six runs -- including Yoenis Cespedes' two-out, two-run home run to extend New York's lead to 5-1.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/18 00:04:04
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals.

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom allowed an unearned run in the first and also tied the game with his first Major League home run, an opposite-field shot to left in the third inning off Joe Ross.

2) Wilmer Flores error and a Travis d'Arnaud passed ball led to the Nationals' lone run scoring on Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly. Overall, deGrom (6-3) limited Washington to three singles and two walks while striking out six in eight innings.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto
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Jun 11, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) reacts after scoring a run at SunTrust Park. Credit: Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 11, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) reacts after scoring a run at SunTrust Park. Credit: Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Michael Conforto is back in the starting lineup on Friday night for the first time since last Sunday.

He entered in the middle of Thursday's game as part of a double-switch, played center field, and went 0-for-1 with a strikeout.

Manager Terry Collins said Thursday that Conforto's back was coming along fine but that they didn't want to push it by putting him back in the starting lineup.

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Mets' injury bug strikes again! 00:03:10
The Daily News Live panel discusses the latest injuries that struck the Mets just as they finally started to play some consistent baseball.

Matt Harvey, who exited Wednesday night's game early due to 'dead arm,' will miss several weeks due to a stress injury to the scapula bone in his throwing shoulder >> Read more

Neil Walker, who exited Wednesday night's game early due to a leg injury, has been diagnosed with a partially torn hamstring. He is expected to begin rehabbing in two-to-three weeks >> Read more

The Mets are 'comfortable' with their situation on the infield and are not yet ready to promote SS prospect Amed Rosario, but that could change in the next seven-to-10 days, according to GM Sandy Alderson >> Read more

Noah Syndergaard (partially torn lat) might not start throwing for another four weeks >> Read more

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero
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Conforto's leadoff double 00:00:34
Michael Conforto leads the game off with a double to the left-center field gap against the Braves.

Michael Conforto was a late scratch from Monday's lineup due to a stiff back, Terry Collins informed reporters prior to the game.

According to Collins, Conforto may be available to pinch hit late in the game.

Conforto broke out of an 0-for-14 slump by going 2-for-4 with a leadoff double in Sunday's 2-1 win against the Braves in Atlanta.

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto catches a pop fly by Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp in front of shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto catches a pop fly by Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp in front of shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets manager Terry Collins downplayed the two errors outfielder Michael Conforto made in Sunday's 11-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field.

The 24-year-old Conforto made two throwing errors, overthrowing Wilmer Flores on David Freese's first-inning RBI single and throwing off target in the third inning on John Jaso's RBI double, allowing him to advance to third and score on Freese's sac fly.

"This kid's really played great defensively," Collins said, according to the New York Post's Howie Kussoy. "I have yet to see the kid ever not make a pretty good throw and today he made two of them. … Guys were already saying [to him], 'It happens.' I think he'll be fine."

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Jun 1, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) is tagged out at home plate by Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jett Bandy (47) during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) is tagged out at home plate by Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jett Bandy (47) during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets' offense scored just one run on Thursday for a second consecutive game in a 2-1 loss to the Brewers at Citi Field.
  
New York struggled against Brewers starter Chase Anderson, who tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out seven batters. Wilmer Flores finally put the Mets on the board in the eighth inning with a solo shot on the first pitch he saw from Milwaukee's Jacob Barnes, but that was the extent of the team's offensive production.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores
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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes throws in a catch during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes throws in a catch during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes took live batting practice in Florida on Tuesday and is "making strides," manager Terry Collins said.

Cespedes dealt with a quad issue over the weekend after playing his first rehab game since injuring his hamstring. He could return from the disabled list in time for the Mets' series in Texas against the Rangers that begins next Tuesday, GM Sandy Alderson said Monday.

Cespedes went on the disabled list last month due to the hamstring injury and reported soreness in his right quad while running the bases in a rehab game with High-A St. Lucie on Friday. 

Alderson said the team will be conservative with Cespedes since he went on the disabled list last year with a quadriceps injury.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets will select SS Logan Warmoth from the University of North Carolina with the 20th overall pick in the MLB Amateur Draft on June 12, predicts Keith Law of ESPN in his Mock Draft.

In his writeup (insider subscription needed), Law says it would be a "steal" if Warmoth fell to the Mets at No. 20.

Law, who says the Mets have been linked to college bats, notes that Warmoth has a "tremendous swing" and "some chance" to stay at shortstop long-term.

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Conforto's All-Star bid 00:04:24
Steve Gelbs and Anthony DiComo discuss Michael Conforto's success so far this year and why he should be a National League All-Star.

The last time a player was voted to start the All-Star Game despite not appearing on the ballot came in 1974, when Steve Garvey of the Dodgers won a write-in campaign and appeared for the National League at first base. In fact, only one other time in major league history did a write-in candidate win the balloting: outfielder Rico Carty of the Braves in 1970.

So the odds are stacked against Michael Conforto being voted to start for the National League in Miami on July 11, when the 88th All-Star Game comes to Marlins Park.

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JR Sport Brief: Vote Conforto! 00:01:34
In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR champions the effort to vote Mets OF Michael Conforto into the All-Star Game

Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored, and an RBI during Wednesday's loss against the Padres after hitting two home runs during Tuesday night's 9-3 win.

Conforto is now one home run shy of Freddie Freeman and Bryce Harper, who lead the National League with 14 home runs. He is also fourth in OPS...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/23 00:05:02
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling recap the Mets' 9-3 win over the Padres.

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

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

1) The Mets scored seven runs on eight hits in the first inning, bookended by Michael Conforto's leadoff homer and two-run single. Curtis Granderson and Wilmer Flores had a sacrifice fly and RBI single, respectively, and Lucas Duda hit a two-run double. Conforto went deep again in the fourth and Duda added an RBI single in the seventh.

2) Conforto notched his second multi-homer game of the season and drove in a career-high four runs. He and Duda both finished 3-for-4, while Flores and Neil Walker had two hits apiece.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have hit 58 home runs this season -- the fifth-most in the National League and 11th-most in all of baseball.

Here are the five longest, according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker:

  1. Lucas Duda: 450 feet on April 11 against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
  2. Travis d'Arnaud: 449 feet on April 29 against the Nationals at Nationals Park...
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:02
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-0 shutout of the Angels.

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom became the first Met -- since he did so on April 28 -- to complete seven innings, allowing four hits, three walks (one intentional) while striking out nine. He appeared to develop a blister in the seventh and proceeded to load the bases with nobody out, but he retired the next three batters, with the help of a juggling catch by Jose Reyes.

2) Michael Conforto had two hits, including his team-leading 11th homer, and Rene Rivera extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-out RBI single in the sixth. Curtis Granderson opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first.

3) Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald pitched a scoreless eighth and Addison Reed fired a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

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Conforto's two-run homer 00:00:50
Michael Conforto hits his 10th home run of the season to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Mets OF Michael Conforto hit his 10th home run of the season during Wednesday's loss to the Diamondbacks in Arizona, which snapped for him a two-game stretch without a hit.

Conforto, who has been playing regularly since Yoenis Cespedes went on the disabled list, is hitting .310 with a .393 OBP and .638 SLG in 36 games (116 at-bats) this season. Along with his 10 home runs, he has six doubles, one triple, 26 RBI and 26 runs scored.

In the 213 games, including the postseason, Conforto has hit 34 home runs, while hitting the ball nearly even to all fields, as MLB.com's Daren Willman demonstrated with this image Thursday on Twitter...

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Conforto's growing confidence 00:02:33
Gary Apple and Nelson Figueroa break down Michael Conforto's adjusted mechanics and early success this season for the New York Mets.

In 19 games batting leadoff for the Mets this season, Michael Conforto hit .325 with a .422 OBP, 11 extra-base hits, 19 runs scored and 16 RBI.

He returned to the middle of the lineup Sunday, batting third, where he picked up three hits, including a two-run double and a solo home run.

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