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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) watches play against the Washington Nationals from the dugout 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 second baseman Robinson Cano (24) watches play against the Washington Nationals from the dugout at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Robinson Cano (quad) appears to be getting closer to returning from the IL. 

The second baseman, who was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse, was with the Mets on Saturday in Citi Field testing his left quad in the outfield and taking batting practice prior to the game. 

According to GM Brodie Van Wagenen and manager Mickey Callaway, Cano was going through his pregame routine and they would assess on Sunday whether or not he is ready to be activated off the injured list. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (33-34, 5.5 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) open a four-game series against the Cardinals at Citi Field on Thursday night at 7:10 on SNY.

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


With the Mets nearing full strength, how will be the odd-men-out when Brandon Nimmo and Robinson Cano -- who continued their rehab assignments with Triple-A on Wednesday -- return? Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jason Vargas, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) high-fives right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after the Mets win 4-3 during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) high-fives right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after the Mets win 4-3 during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

The Mets are likely about to be close to full-strength, with Brandon Nimmo and Robinson Cano both in the middle of rehab assignments with Triple-A Syracuse and nearing returns to the big league roster.

And with the return of two everyday players will come two 25-man roster moves.

Here's how things could shake out and who the odd-men-out could be...

A reliever will almost certainly be dropped

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

We're one month away from the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and the primary voting leaderboard has been released for the National League. 

Unfortunately, though, the Mets don't have many representatives toward the top. 

The highest vote-getter for New York is rookie Pete Alonso, who is only fifth among first basemen with 157,347 votes. The leader -- Pirates 1B Josh Bell -- is up by a solid margin at 621,915 votes...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Jun 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; The New York Mets react after defeating the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; The New York Mets react after defeating the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (32-33, 650 GB in the NL East) open the two-game Subway Series against the Yankees on Monday night in the Bronx at 7:05 p.m. on SNY

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


The Mets won another rubber game -- this time against the Rockies -- on the strength of a brilliant start from Noah Syndergaard and a three-run homer by Todd Frazier >> Read more

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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)

Manager Mickey Callaway said an IL stint for Robinson Cano was a possibility, and that's exactly what happened on Sunday. 

The Mets officially placed Cano on the 10-day IL with a strained left quad, according to multiple reports. He remained out of the lineup on Saturday, but Callaway thought things were going well with the veteran infielder. 

"He felt really good," Callaway said of Cano. "He continues to feel confident that he can run down the line. He's gonna swing the bat today again. Fielding ground balls he was great, range was good. We're hoping he's available late in the game like last night."

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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (31-33, 6.0 GB in the NL East) picked up a win against the Rockies on Saturday, 5-3, to even the three-game series at a game apiece.

The rubber match will be on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field. It will be Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.83 ERA) going up against Jeff Hoffman (1-2, 7.29 ERA) on the mound. 

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

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

Mickey Callaway wasn't happy with the strike zone on Saturday, resulting in his sixth-inning ejection.

After Dominic Smith fell behind 0-2 with one away in the fifth, Callaway came out of the dugout to voice his frustration with home plate umpire Mike Winters. Smith would ultimately end up striking out swinging.

Callaway was also ejected on April 21st, after arguing with umpires over a Robinson Cano hit-by-pitch that was called a foul ball. He was also tossed on April 14th in the first inning against Atlanta, again for arguing balls and strikes.

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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) watches play against the Washington Nationals from the dugout 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 second baseman Robinson Cano (24) watches play against the Washington Nationals from the dugout at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Robinson Canó remains out of the Mets' lineup on Saturday, but he did run on the field before the game and Mickey Callaway said he was hoping Canó would be available off the bench.

"He felt really good," Callaway said of Canó. "He continues to feel confident that he can run down the line. He's gonna swing the bat today again. Fielding ground balls he was great, range was good. We're hoping he's available late in the game like last night.

"I think there's improvement," Callaway added. "He felt really good yesterday too, but there was minimal improvement."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Justin Wilson, Robinson Cano
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May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (30-33, 6.0 GB in NL East) look to bounce back from Friday's loss to the Colorado Rockies (33-29, 9.0 GB in NL West) to Citi Field on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. 

Mets notes

The Mets enter Saturday's game 4-6 in their last 10 games but they have won their last six home games when Steven Matz is on the mound. ... The Mets have homered in 14 straight home games, the longest streak in Citi Field history. ... Wilson Ramos is batting .388 with 12 runs, five home runs, 10 RBI, nine walks and a 1.177 OPS over his last 16 games. Michael Conforto homered for the second time in his last three games on Friday and brings a four-game hitting streak into the game. ... Robinson Cano is out of the lineup again with quad tightness.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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May 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws the ball against theCincinnati Reds in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
May 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws the ball against theCincinnati Reds in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (30-32, 5.0 GB in NL East) go for their third win in a row as they welcome the Colorado Rockies (32-29, 10.0 GB in NL West) to Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Mickey Callaway said prior to Friday's game that Robinson Cano is not be placed on the Injured List yet, and that Cano could be available off the bench late in the game. ... The Mets have now won 11 of their last 13 games at Citi Field. Their overall .630 home winning percentage is fourth-best in the National League. ... The Mets have scored 116 runs in the seventh inning or later this season, the most in the NL.

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Jacob deGrom, Robinson Cano
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Apr 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts after scoring in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts after scoring in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets aren't placing Robinson Cano on the Injured List, at least not yet anyway.

Speaking before Friday's contest with the Colorado Rockies, Mets skipper Mickey Callaway said that Cano will not be placed on the IL on Friday, and that hopefully Cano will even be able to come off the bench late in the game if needed.

Callaway told reporters that Cano performed well in a pregame workout, leading to optimism that he could be availabe late in Friday's game.

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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

To this point, Brodie Van Wagenen's big-splash mentality as a GM hasn't served the Mets well, as his big trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz has failed to produce the desired results. But that didn't keep him from bringing the same approach to his first MLB draft. 

The result was the Mets making the boldest move of the MLB Draft, using a third-round pick to select a first-round talent -- high school pitcher Matthew Allan, whose reported $4 million asking price had scared off teams to that point. 

If it someday is also remembered as the shrewdest move of the 2019 Draft, then perhaps Van Wagenen will be forgiven by Mets fans for including last year's first-round draft choice, Jarred Kelenic, in the Cano/Diaz trade. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano
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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates after hitting a home run against the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates after hitting a home run against the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (30-32, 5.0 GB in the NL East) open a three-game series against the Rockies at Citi Field on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


In Thursday's win over the Giants, Zack Wheeler turned in another strong start and Todd Frazier lofted a go-ahead homer late >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Robinson Cano, San Francisco Giants, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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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 welcomed Robinson Cano back into the lineup on Wednesday, but his return was short-lived, as the second baseman was pulled from the game after the fourth inning. The Mets later announced that Cano left the game with tightness in his left quad.

Cano grounded into a double play to end the third inning, and he limped the entire way to first base. He stayed in the game and played the fourth inning, but was pulled shortly after. 

"Honestly, I wasn't limping because I was hurt or anything like that," Cano said after the game. "When I hit that ground ball ... it just felt a little tight, but I don't want to push it. 

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Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (29-32, 5.5 GB in the NL East) wrap up their three-game series against the Giants at Citi Field on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


Jason Vargas tossed a shutout in a 7-0 win over the Giants as the Mets bashed three homers to back him up >> Read more

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Jason Vargas dazzled the Citi Field crowd with a complete game, 5-hit shutout as the Mets beat the Giants, 7-0, on Wednesday night.

Jason Vargas pitched his best game in a Mets' uniform, tossing a five-hit shutout, while Robinson Cano left the game early during the Mets' 7-0 win over the Giants on Wednesday. >> Box score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) Vargas had his second-consecutive brilliant start for the Mets on Wednesday. After lasting seven innings just one time in 2018, Vargas has now accomplished that feat in each of his last two starts. The lefty pitched a five-hit shutout, only allowing one runner to pass first base, while striking out eight batters. He is quickly becoming the most consistent starter in the Mets' rotation.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, San Francisco Giants
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Apr 19, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 19, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Following Tuesday's disheartening 9-3 loss to the Giants, the Mets and Giants face off in the second game of their three-game set on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Robinson Cano makes his return to the Mets' lineup on Wednesday. He'd been on the Injured List since May 22nd due to a strained left quad. ... Despite Tuesday's loss, the Mets have still won nine of their last 11 games at Citi Field and are 15-10 overall at home this season. ... The Mets have homered in 11-straight home games, tied for the longest streak in Citi Field history. ... Pete Alonso has hit eight home runs in his last 17 games. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, San Francisco Giants
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New York Mets pinch hitter Robinson Cano doubles against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pinch hitter Robinson Cano doubles against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are getting close to full strength. A day after getting Jeff McNeil back, the Mets have activated Robinson Cano from the IL -- now they just need to start winning games as key players keep returning to the lineup.

Cano, who has been out since May 22 due to a left quad strain, is in the lineup and playing second base on Wednesday night against the Giants at Citi Field.

With Cano returning, it means a shift back to left field for Jeff McNeil and less playing time for Dominic Smith (who had been getting time in left lately) and potentially J.D. Davis -- who had been getting starts in left and at third base.

Tags: Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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"I'm kind of getting sick of saying we got to right the ship. We have to get it done."

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said this to reporters following his teams recent 7-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the final game of a West Coast road trip in which the club went 2-5. The quote serves as a summation of a Mets season that has failed to live up expectations.

Now 28-32, the West Coast swing saw the Mets drop three of four to the Dodgers, a likely postseason opponent...

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano
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HOFer Frank Thomas and former Met Mo Vaughn believe the Mets should deal Dom Smith. Check out their new clothing line at mvpcollections.com

Prior to the start of the Met's three-game set with he San Francisco Giants, manager Mickey Callaway offered a few injury updates.

Callaway said this afternoon that an MRI revealed that Dominic Smith has a sprained thumb, though the left-handed hitter should be available to come off the bench on Tuesday.

As for outfielder Brandon Nimmo, Callaway explained that he's been "progressing really well" and that he was participating in full baseball activities on Tuesday. Nimmo was placed on the Injured List on May 22nd with neck stiffness.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Robinson Cano
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Jeff McNeil back from IL 00:01:50
New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil talks ahead of Tuesday's game about being reactivated from his hamstring injury.

The Mets are getting some help back in their lineup, but not in the form of Robinson Cano

Instead it is Jeff McNeil who was activated off the 10-day IL before Tuesday's game against the San Francisco Giants.

McNeil was penciled in at second base and batting leadoff for the Mets as they face Madison Bumgarner at Citi Field. 

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The Mets (28-31, 4.5 GB in the NL East) were off on Monday as they returned home to face the Giants (24-34, 16.5 GB in NL West) at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. to kick off a three-game series.

It will be Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.90 ERA) getting the ball against Madison Bumgarner (3-5, 4.01 ERA).

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

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, San Francisco Giants
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Mets first-round pick Brett Baty at 2019 MLB Draft. (Mark Flamini/SNY)
Mets first-round pick Brett Baty at 2019 MLB Draft. (Mark Flamini/SNY)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It was after midnight when a long-time scout of amateur talent finally had a couple of minutes to get on the phone, as the first day of the MLB Draft was coming to conclusion. I wanted to talk to this guy because it was only a few days ago that he had touted Brett Baty as one of a few players he was hoping his team would select. 

"He's about as dynamic a hitter as I can remember seeing when you consider his combination of power and pure hitting ability," the scout told me then. "I think he'll be there and he'd be a great get."

Turned out Baty wasn't there when that scout's team picked, because the Mets grabbed the lefty-slugging high school third baseman from Texas with the 12th pick Monday night. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, John Harper
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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) watches play against the Washington Nationals from the dugout 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 second baseman Robinson Cano (24) watches play against the Washington Nationals from the dugout at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

There was a buzz around the Mets when they acquired Robinson Cano in a trade this offseason. One of New York's brightest stars, Cano was coming home to the city that made him a superstar, only this time, across town.

The results haven't been there this year, though. The Mets took on a lot of risk in acquiring Cano, a player entering his age-36 season coming off a PED suspension who had a lot of money owed his way. So far, Cano's negatives have outweighed his positives, including an embarrassing lack of hustle and an untimely stint on the injured list.

However, while Cano may not ever reach the high points he hit as a Yankee in his prime, he is also not the hitter that we've seen this year. The last few weeks have been rough, but Mets fans should welcome back Cano with open arms. With a few small adjustments, he is still capable of being one of the team's most fearsome hitters.

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Jun 2, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates with Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports  (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 2, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates with Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets (28-31, 5 GB in the NL East) dropped the rubber game to the Arizona Diamondbacks (30-30, 11 GB in NL West) on Sunday to cap their west coast road trip.

New York will have an off day as they travel back east, where they await the Giants at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. It will be Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.90 ERA) getting the ball against Madison Bumgarner (3-5, 4.01 ERA).

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

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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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)

There aren't too many positives from the Mets' 2-5 West Coast swing this past week. 

But the team had some good news to share Sunday when Robinson Canó told reporters he expects to be activated prior to Tuesday's game against the Giants. 

Canó has been on the injured list since injuring his quad while running to first base in a May 22 game against the Nationals. 

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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)

As the Mets wrap up a West Coast swing Sunday, two veterans are on the mend and could be back in the near future. 

Manager Mickey Callaway said the Mets won't activate second baseman Robinson Canó until Tuesday at the earliest, when the team opens a series at Citi Field against the Giants. He's been on the injured list since May 22 with a quad injury he suffered legging out a ground ball. 

Adeiny Hechavarría has done a solid job as Canó's replacement, as he's batting .300 over his last 11 contests entering Sunday's game. Canó is hitting .241 with three homers. 

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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu returns to the dugout after striking out New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu returns to the dugout after striking out New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (27-29, 6 GB in the NL East) lost the rubber game of a four-game series against the Dodgers 2-0 despite Jason Vargas pitching seven solid innings.

They begin a three-game series against the Diamondbacks on the road on Friday at Chase Field at 9:40 p.m. Zack Wheeler (4-3, 4.63 ERA) takes on Jon Duplantier (1-0, 2.25 ERA) in the opener.

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


The Mets managed just four hits and lost to the Dodgers 2-0, losing for the third time in the last four games. The Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings, while Vargas gave up one run and six hits in seven innings, marking the first time this season he threw at least six innings.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Los Angeles Dodgers, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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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 moment Brodie Van Wagenen was hired to be GM of the Mets, I heard rumblings from MLB insiders that he was hellbent on acquiring a veteran with postseason experience, Hall of Fame credentials, and a strong reputation across baseball. 

During the GM Meetings in November, sources said routine check-in conversations revealed a potential match between the Mets and Mariners, who had future Hall of Fame second baseman Robinson Cano. The M's were reportedly the first of the two teams to raise Cano's name. However, it stands to reason that - since Van Wagenen represented Cano in negotiations of his current contract - that the new GM found his former client to the exact player described above.

It took time to hash out prospects, cash value, big league players, and which team would be paying for who and when. However, when the dust settled, Cano, along with promising closer Edwin Diaz and $20 million, were sent to the Mets in return for prospects Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, and Gerson Bautista, as well as the remaining contracts of Jay Bruce and Anthony Swarzak.

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Michael Conforto
Michael Conforto

Michael Conforto stroked an opposite field grand slam against the Dodgers in the seventh inning on Tuesday night in Los Angeles, breaking a 3-3 tie and sending the Mets on their way to a win. 

He then proclaimed that Robinson Cano (who offered advice before the at-bat) is his new hitting coach. And did so within earshot of actual hitting coach Chili Davis -- adding that Cano is going to be by his side until he's activated from the IL.

Conforto's "new hitting coach" comment was tongue-in-cheek, but the advice Cano gave him before the slam was very real. 

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May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mark your calendars or set up a smartphone alert, baseball fans - the first leg of the Subway Series is speeding toward us.

But before the Yankees and Mets meet for the first time this season June 10-11 in the Bronx, both clubs have work to do, particularly the Mets. Both have to get healthier, too, because we want to watch the likes of Didi Gregorius and Jeff McNeil when the teams meet.

That way, you can have a fuller picture of your favorite team when you begin smack-talking relatives from Brooklyn to Bergen County to Battery Park.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brandon Nimmo, CC Sabathia, Edwin Diaz, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jeurys Familia, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Anthony McCarron
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Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees Pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees Pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mark your calendars or set up a smartphone alert, baseball fans - the first leg of the Subway Series is speeding toward us.

But before the Yankees and Mets meet for the first time this season June 10-11 in the Bronx, both clubs have work to do, particularly the Mets. Both have to get healthier, too, because we want to watch the likes of Didi Gregorius and Jeff McNeil when the teams meet.

That way, you can have a fuller picture of your favorite team when you begin smack-talking relatives from Brooklyn to Bergen County to Battery Park.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brandon Nimmo, CC Sabathia, Edwin Diaz, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jeurys Familia, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Anthony McCarron
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New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez reacts after hitting a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez reacts after hitting a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (24-25, 4.5 GB in the NL East) rallied again on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep of the Nationals. They begin a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

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


Carlos Gomez hit a two-out, two-strike, three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to turn a 4-3 deficit into s 6-3 lead as they won their season-best fourth straight game.

 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Rajai Davis, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes
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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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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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Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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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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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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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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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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Cano responds to not playing 00:01:27
Cano says no one told him that part of the reason he was not playing Monday was because of his lack of hustle, but he does regret it.

The day after his second inexcusable transgression on the bases, Robinson Cano is not in the Mets' lineup Monday night as they open a series against the Nationals at Citi Field.

Instead, Jeff McNeil gets the start at second base while J.D. Davis starts in left field.

Asked why Cano is out of the lineup, manager Mickey Callaway -- the day after making excuses for Cano -- listed three reasons.

Tags: Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Doug Williams and Andy Martino drop a Monday podcast after a rough weekend for the Mets. They sort through the uncertainty surrounding manager Mickey Callaway, as the speculation grows about his status with the team. They also dive into the Robinson Cano controversy, and how his "running" issues are playing out in relation to Mickey and the struggles of the squad.

Click below to listen...

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May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts in the fourth 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 third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-25, 6.5 GB in the NL East) return home after a nightmare trip to face the Nationals at Citi Field on Monday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


As the Mets were swept by the Marlins, they managed just two hits -- making Sunday the first time since 1967 that they were held to two hits or fewer in consecutive games >> Read more

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Tim Tebow, Danny Abriano
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Cano?s hustle questioned 00:01:50
For the second time this week, Cano didn?t run to first on a play. Callaway defended the second baseman and his choice not to bench him

If this story seems familiar, it's because it is. 

One day after Mets manager Mickey Callaway explained why he didn't bench Robinson Cano for failing to run out a ground ball double play (something Cano blamed on the scoreboard operator), Callaway had to explain why he didn't pull Cano from Sunday's game after failing to run at all on another double play ground ball. 

And Callaway seemed to be making excuses for his second baseman. 

 

Tags: Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Mets swept by Marlins 00:01:12
For the first time since 1967 the Mets had two or fewer hits in back-to-back games. It's also the first series sweep for Miami since 2017

The Mets fell to a season-worst five games under .500 with their offense close to a total no-show as the Marlins completed a three-game sweep. After getting one hit on Saturday, the Mets managed just two hits -- making Sunday the first time since 1967 that they were held to two or fewer hits in back-to-back games. >> Box score

Five things to know about Sunday's game...

1) With manager Mickey Callaway's job potentially on the line, the Mets' offense reached a new low -- with Marlins RHP Sandy Alcantara reaching the eighth inning having thrown just 62 pitches. Yes, 62 pitches. Alcantara faltered a bit in the eighth, but came back out for the ninth with only 78 pitches under his belt and retired the side in order to complete the shutout. It took him 89 total pitches. The game took one hour and 59 minutes.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Cano caught not running again 00:00:21
Robinson Cano didn't run on what he thought was a foul ball. Instead, the Marlins played it into a double play.

Two days after not running hard on a 1-6-3 double play and using the excuse that he thought there were two outs instead of one, Mets second baseman Robinson Cano didn't move at all on another double play he hit into.

This time, Cano hit a ball right in front of the plate and stared directly at it while not running at all.

The play happened in the top of the fourth inning with J.D. Davis on first base and one out. Cano swung and tapped the ball, with it winding up right in front of the plate and rolling slightly down the first base line. While Cano was staring at the ball and not moving, the Marlins turned an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play.

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May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19) reacts after the Marlins defeated the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19) reacts after the Marlins defeated the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-24, 5.5 GB in the NL East) look to avoid what would be a pathetic sweep at the hands of the Marlins on Sunday afternoon in Miami at 1:10.

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


A listless Mets squad managed just one hit as they were shut out by the Marlins, losing their fourth-consecutive game to fall four games under .500 for the first time this season >> Read more

Tags: Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Cano controversy 00:01:29
Mickey Callaway and Robinson Cano discuss Cano's failure to run out a ground ball in Friday night's loss to the Marlins

After not running hard to first base in the seventh inning Friday night during an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play, Robinson Cano was not benched Saturday for the transgression.

And before Saturday's game, Mets manger Mickey Callaway simply said that he doesn't bench players to send a message.

"We talked about it and he understands that can't happen again," Callaway explained. You don't just reprimand people to send a message to the rest of the team."

Tags: Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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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)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Benching Robinson Cano against the Marlins on Saturday wouldn't be a cure for everything that is wrong with the Mets these days, not even close. 

But for a manager whose neck is on the line it might be the only way he can make a statement that he's going to demand better from one of his so-called leaders. At the very least it would be an indication Callaway is willing to make his players accountable rather than always telling them everything will be all right. 

Above all, it would be an acknowledgement that these Mets are at a crisis point in this season already, and he's not going to just sit around waiting to get fired.

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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)

The Mets (20-22, 3.5 GB in the NL East) lost the rubber game of a three-game set against the Nationals 7-6. They begin a three-game series against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

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


Outfielder Michael Conforto suffered a concussion and will be further evaluated in New York after a collision with Robinson Cano in Thursday's game.

 

Tags: David Wright, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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