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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) warms up before his game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) warms up before his game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets continue their preseason schedule on Thursday night on the road against the Falcons in Atlanta. Their first game was a loss in the "Snoopy Bowl" to the Giants, something they're looking to bounce back from tonight. 

It will definitely be a tough task to do so, especially when you consider one big strength and one big weakness for the Falcons and Jets respectively. 

Last season, the Falcons -- led by Matt Ryan on the offensive side of the ball -- were a pass-heavy team. That's not to say the rest of the NFL hasn't turned into that, but the Falcons did better than most teams. They finished fourth in passing offense for the regular season with 209.8 yards per game. 

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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Domingo German is the MLB's leader in wins this season, after his latest start against the Orioles gave him his 16th victory. But, with that win, it was worth noting how many innings the 26-year-old has already racked up this season. 

German has pitched 116 innings so far this season, which shatters his career-high in the bigs at 85.2. Back in 2017, he pitched a total 109 innings, but that's it. 

SNY's John Harper spoke to an AL executive to see what the Yankees should do if German hits an inning limit and can't be used in the postseason, but GM Brian Cashman gave the answer we've been looking for on Thursday.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur looks on during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur looks on during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The news surrounding Giants camp this week is WR Golden Tate having to serve his full four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy. 

Tate was confident that the details in his case would have the suspension exonerated, but that wasn't the case given the league's no tolerance mindset when it comes to PEDs. The veteran wideout explained that he let the NFL know immediately when he found out there was a banned substance in the prescription, yet that wasn't enough to change his verdict. 

"I just thought, after we looked at the facts in the situation, that the NFL would be understanding," Tate said. "But because it's a no-tolerance policy, they, I guess, upheld the suspension."

Tags: Cody Latimer, Corey Coleman, Russell Shepard, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen was on hand in Atlanta before the team's second game against the Braves on Wednesday to deliver some promising news about his injured players. 

One of them was Brandon Nimmo, who has been out since May 20 as he's dealing with a bulging disc in his neck. Nimmo has been working hard to get back on the field, and Van Wagenen noted that day may be coming "very soon."

"Same story," Van Wagenen told reporters about where Nimmo is at in his rehab. "He took live at-bats today. He's been progressing well and we could see him in a rehab game very soon, as early as the next few days. But we'll keep a close eye on him and hopefully he can get back out there in the very near future."

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) throws a ball to fans after the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) throws a ball to fans after the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Golden Tate will officially be serving his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's PED policy, as he has lost his appeal.

Back in April, Tate failed a drug test, which came about a month after he signed his four-year, $37.5 million deal with the Giants. The reason for failing the test came from a fertility drug that he said "contained an ingredient that is on the league's banned substance list," and noted not knowing about that when he was prescribed it by a fertility planning specialist. 

Tate said that he "immediately discontinued" the use of the drug, and reported his actions to the league's independent administrator. In fact, he did that before failing the drug test in the first place. 

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Giants CEO hopes Eli hangs on 00:01:00
New York Giants President and CEO John Mara was asked about his QBS and said, "I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field."

After Daniel Jones impressed many with his perfect touchdown drive in his first NFL series last Thursday, the hype surrounding the No. 6 overall pick reached an all-time high. The critics and naysayers took a backseat to those jumping on the bandwagon of Jones being Eli Manning's successor.

Now fans really want to see what Jones can do in a real game after seeing a glimpse of what he can do. But, for Giants co-owner John Mara, that day hopefully won't come this season. 

He wants to see Eli Manning on the field at all times. And Jones on the bench.

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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) at first base during game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) at first base during game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Aaron Hicks was confident that his doctor's appointment on Monday would lead to him being able to throw again. Unfortunately, that was shot down after his consultation. 

Hicks has been on the IL with a flexor strain in his throwing elbow, and he has been able to do everything but throw during his rehab process. And according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty, manager Aaron Boone told reporters yesterday that Hicks still can't start throwing for another two weeks. 

"Hicks is doing really well, but he's two weeks still probably from throwing," Boone said. "Because of where the flexor strain is, being close to the (ulnar collateral ligament), we just don't want to risk anything so we're going to make sure it's completely healed up and probably after another couple weeks he should be good to go." 

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Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) is greeted by right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) is greeted by right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

After an off day on Monday, the Mets enter Tuesday night with a prime opportunity to keep their hot streak alive against the NL East-leading Braves. And if they can get through their foe in Atlanta over these next three games, their playoff odds will only continue to grow. 

Through this streak that's seen 15 wins in their last 17 games, the Mets have jolted their way into the playoff conversation -- something that didn't seem possible just a couple weeks ago.

Right now, the Mets are still one game back of the second Wild Card slot that is currently held by the Cardinals. And the Brewers are still just a half game in front of them in the standings as well. 

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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in April but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing...


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton -- ETA 2020

Gimenez remains mundane out in Binghamton, going 3-for-20 with a double and an RBI this past week. He is only hitting .239 on the season (95 games), but has a .306 OBP with 23 walks and 12 hit by pitches to boot. 

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Scott Thompson
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Jamal Adams
Jamal Adams

When the Jets took the practice field on Monday, there was a bit of a change at cornerback. 

While Darryl Roberts have been the starting corner on the right side with the first-teamers thus far, undrafted rookie Kyron Brown out of Akron was opposite him. And Brown was exposed early on during team drills, as Robby Anderson flat out beat him on a crossing route for a 40-yard gain. 

The reason Brown was in with the first team to begin with was due to Trumaine Johnson's hamstring injury that now has him out indefinitely. The Jets were already short when it comes to cornerback depth. 

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) participates in drills during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) participates in drills during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

As the Giants returned to the practice field on Sunday, it was without first-rounder Deandre Baker

Head coach Pat Shurmur noted after the session that Baker had actually gone for an MRI on his knee after feeling something during warm-ups.

"In his individual warm-up type stuff, (he felt) something with his knee," Shurmur told NJ.com's Matt Dunleavy. "We are just checking it out with a MRI. No information on that right now. He's getting it checked out."

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Evaluating Jones' performance 00:00:45
Daniel Jones had a good showing in his first preseason game. Pat Shurmur was content with the rookie QB.

The spotlight was set on Daniel Jones as he stepped on the MetLife Stadium turf for the first time in his Giants uniform. Everyone wanted to see how the No. 6 overall pick, one that was criticized by the lots, would react to the big stage in his inaugural snaps in the NFL.

He was perfect -- literally. 

Thanks to a weather delay, Jones only lasted one drive for the Giants, but he didn't disappoint. He was a perfect 5-for-5 for 67 yards, and it was capped off by an absolute strike to Bennie Fowler in the right side of the end zone for his first career touchdown. 

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Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets' Marcus Stroman leaves the field after the 4-0 win against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets' Marcus Stroman leaves the field after the 4-0 win against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

Since he was traded to the Mets, Marcus Stroman hasn't held back when it comes to how the Blue Jays front office conducted their business during his time in Toronto. 

And his latest comments stem from GM Ross Atkins saying the Jays wanted to offer him a contract extension. He wants to set the record straight. 

"There was nothing offered ever from their perspective," Stroman told The Toronto Sun's Rob Longley. "If they do say that, it's a complete lie. It is what it is. That's the truth. I'm not going to beat around that. 

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Will Hernandez (71) and offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) talk with head coach Pat Shurmur during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Will Hernandez (71) and offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) talk with head coach Pat Shurmur during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The horrific mass shooting that occurred in El Paso, Texas this weekend hit home for Giants G Will Hernandez

Hernandez lived in the city for years during his days playing for The University of Texas at El Paso, and after hearing about the tragic event, he quickly reached out to as many people as possible to make sure they were OK.  

"The first thing I did was I contact all my close friends back in El Paso; everybody was fine thankfully," Hernandez told the media after practice on Monday. "It's still something horrible and I can't imagine what some of the families living there or some of the effect, or people that knew the affected are going through right now. Even though I'm here in New York, I quickly sent out prayers, my love out to the city. That city is really important to me.

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Aug 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) and designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) react after Urshela hit a two run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the thired inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) and designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) react after Urshela hit a two run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the thired inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

What injuries? 

Those two words could serve as the Yankees' mantra season thus far. 

The list goes on and on when you look at the key components featured in this powerhouse lineup that have hit the IL. Currently, players like Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez sit on the 10-day IL, while the likes of Miguel Andujar, Greg Bird, Dellin Betances, and Luis Severino are on the 60-day list. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in April but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing...


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton -- ETA 2020

Last time we looked at Gimenez, he had just three hits in his last 17 at-bats. Well those numbers didn't really change much. 

Over the past week, the shortstop has four hits in 17 at-bats. He did have a solid game on July 31, though, going 2-for-2 with a homer, double, and a walk. Overall, Gimenez is slashing .243/.312/.375 so far this season in Double-A.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Scott Thompson
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Aug 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning of game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning of game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Gleyber Torres' latest performance against the Red Sox on Saturday night was a simple reminder: He owns AL East opponents this season. 

The numbers don't lie when analyzing what Torres has contributed to the Yankees during their division games. Last night, his two-home run outing gave him his fifth multi-homer game of the season -- all of which have came against the AL East. 

It helps that the Orioles have been basically batting practice for Torres when you look at his splits. He's slashing .465/.540/1.233 with 10 homers and 13 RBI thus far. But overall, Torres' AL East stats come out to .321/.414/.654 with 16 home runs and 29 RBI...

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Jul 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) goes to the dugout between innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) goes to the dugout between innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It's no secret to Mets fans that Pete Alonso hasn't had the best of starts to the second half. And, of course, the natural reaction for many is to say it's the "Home Run Derby slump." 

Now while some do believe that to be the case with players that participate in the All-Star weekend event, manager Mickey Callaway isn't one. Instead he thinks his star rookie is simply going through a rough patch.

"I don't think there's been a ton of evidence that that's ever hurt anybody. I think right now it's just a rough patch where he's trying to work out of."

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Le'Veon Bell
Le'Veon Bell

If you haven't heard it already, Jets RB Le'Veon Bell wants to say it again. 

He's sorry you picked him in your fantasy drafts last season. 

"I don't regret sitting out last year, but the only thing is I wish I could've told fantasy owners some type of way like, 'I'm not playing this year,' so they wouldn't pick me," Bell said. "That's really the only thing I apologized for. ...A lot of people felt like they wasted their money and that's what I apologized for. So I'm sorry again."

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Mets win 7th straight game 00:01:28
New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano had a big day at the plate to help the Mets win their 7th straight game.

The Mets have extended their winning streak to seven games after sweeping the White Sox in a 4-0 victory on Thursday at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game...

1) It all but seemed like Zack Wheeler would be on a different team after Wednesday's trade deadline expired. Instead, he stayed in New York, and pitched a gem to prove it was the right move. The righty went seven innings, allowing four scattered hits and no runs while striking out seven and walking none. This resembled the second-half Wheeler Mets adored last season. Maybe with the trade deadline pressure gone, he can replicate that.

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May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a catch during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a catch during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Giants' wide receiving corps has taken a big hit early on with Sterling Shepard injured, Golden Tate facing a four-game suspension, and Corey Coleman out for the season with a torn ACL. That was expected to be the top three players on the depth chart, but now things have changed here quickly in East Rutherford. 

But with the losses, other receivers are beginning to step up. 

Cody Latimer, entering his fifth year in the league, is looking to take advantage of this opportunity that will likely see him get many reps to start the season. The former second-round pick by the Broncos didn't pan out well in Denver, and after four years with the squad, they didn't mind moving on from him. 

Tags: Cody Latimer, Odell Beckham Jr., Russell Shepard, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Adams and Bell talk team 00:01:40
Jamal Adams talks about the swagger surrounding the New York Jets, and Le'Veon Bell promises fantasy owners he won't let them down again.

Jamal Adams is a walking quote card. The man is never afraid to say what's on his mind, and these days at training camp, he seems happier than anyone that football is back. 

On Thursday, he walked up to the podium after practice wearing a large hat one would likely bring on an African safari tour. But in Adams' case, he uses it for a different reason. 

"The main reason behind the hat is it's for my haters. I'm blocking all my haters," he said. 

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May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton (53) high fives catcher Gary Sanchez (24) after beating the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton (53) high fives catcher Gary Sanchez (24) after beating the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

The Yankees did nothing at the trade deadline after GM Brian Cashman said he "knocked on all doors." And they're perfectly OK with that. 

Manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday that "nothing changes here" in that the team's goals of a World Series haven't diminished because the suspected rotation help didn't come their way. In fact, as Boone looked around his clubhouse following a come-from-behind win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon, he knew he has the group he already needs to win a title. 

"Just in there celebrating a win with those guys, and looking around the room and knowing we got everything we need to be a championship club. We're ready to roll and move forward now," he said.

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Cashman talks deadline moves 00:02:25
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman addresses why the Yankees stood pat at the trade deadline and not trade for a starting pitcher.

The MLB trade deadline has come and gone, and the Yankees 25-man roster -- something many believed would see a significant addition that would help the team in October -- stayed the exact same. 

So GM Brian Cashman, what say you? 

"Wasn't for the lack of effort," he told the media following the Yankees' 7-5 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. "We engaged all teams. Some players we didn't match up for. Other circumstances those players weren't really available, although they're widely talked about. ...Just in terms of this circumstance, we didn't get close to anything. We certainly knocked on all doors...

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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

While GM Brian Cashman and his team are working to bolster their pitching staff before today's 4 p.m. trade deadline, the current Yankees rotation arms are trying to figure out what is going wrong since the All-Star break. 

And one of them is going through some "drastic" changes. 

Masahiro Tanaka absolutely imploded in his last start against the Red Sox, posting 12 earned runs on 12 hits (two homers) over 3.1 innings back on July 25. It is by far his worst start of this season and possibly his career. 

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Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Thor is staying in Flushing. 

Noah Syndergaard is staying with the Mets, as the team has pulled him off the trade market ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline on Wednesday, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

The righty flamethrower was generating significant interest this week, with the Padres making a strong offer, according to SNY's Andy Martino. The deal did involve major league players, but both sides couldn't find a common ground. The Twins were also a team interested in Syndergaard. 

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Feb 17, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 17, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

After the Yankees' day off on Monday, they return to action on Tuesday to face the Diamondbacks in the Bronx. And looking at the lineup for tonight's game, there are just a few players missing to say the least. 

Manager Aaron Boone addressed the media ahead of the game, and gave some good and bad news about those Yankees on the IL at the moment. Here's what he had to say about each of them...

DJ LeMahieu (groin)

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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Apr 7, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton (4) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports (Darren Yamashita)
Apr 7, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton (4) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports (Darren Yamashita)

With all the second-tier free-agent signees the Knicks brought in this offseason, the Magic's Aaron Gordon has one that he hopes thrives in particular. 

Elfrid Payton was sort of a under-the-radar signee with the likes of Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, and Bobby Portis joining the team as well. The Knicks already have Dennis Smith Jr. as well as Allonzo Trier, whose looking to follow up his stellar rookie season. And Frank Ntilikina is still looking to show the Knicks he was worthy of their first-round selection two years ago.

So it will be a battle to get solid minutes on the floor, let alone start for another former first-rounder in Payton. But Gordon, who was drafted just six picks ahead of Payton to the same Magic team, knows exactly what the point guard can bring to New York this season.

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Frank Ntilikina, Scott Thompson
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The addition of a new starter has been front and center when it comes to trade talks involving the Yankees and GM Brian Cashman. But that isn't the only pitching options he's looking to pursue this summer. 

Sprinkled in have been notions that the Yankees are checking in on the reliever market as well. Players like Tigers' closer Shane Greene and Diamondbacks RHP Archie Bradley have been mentioned to be on the Yankees' radar.

"Working all angles," Cashman told The Post's George A. King III.

Tags: Zack Britton, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Scott Thompson
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the fist inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the fist inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets continue their trade deadline moves, but they're sellers this time. 

Veteran starter Jason Vargas is being dealt to the Mets' NL East rival in the Phillies, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Monday. The Mets made the deal official with an announcement.

In return, the Phillies are sending Double-A catcher Austin Bossart to the Mets, according to multiple reports. Bossart, 26, is slashing .195/.303/.335 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 63 games with the Reading Fightin Phils. He is more of a defensive catcher, with a 35 caught stealing percentage...

Tags: Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Jun 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) reacts as Kansas City Royals catcher Martin Maldonado (16) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fourth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Jun 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) reacts as Kansas City Royals catcher Martin Maldonado (16) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fourth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

As Marcus Stroman makes his return to New York, he definitely won't be staying at his parent's house in Long Island. His father, Earl, isn't a big fan of that. 

"I don't know where, not in my house," Earl Stroman told Newsday's Steven Marcus about his son joining the Mets via trade. "When [Steven Matz] was home he couldn't stay at his house, fans would go there and knock on his father's door with baseball bats. He'll find somewhere where he's comfortable."

It should be a comfortable return for Stroman, who grew up a standpoint hurler in Long Island. But he has hinted that the Yankees may be his preferred destination. In fact, multiple reports surfaced that there was "commotion" in the Blue Jays clubhouse yesterday, and it was Stroman was seemed disappointed that he was traded to the Mets. 

Tags: Anthony Kay, Scott Thompson
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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

For the past three seasons, Sterling Shepard has come into training camp knowing that Odell Beckham Jr. was going to be next to him in the receivers room. The two were great friends, working out together in the offseason on the West Coast and spending time together off the field during the season as well. 

But that all changed when No. 87 walked into the doors in East Rutherford on Wednesday. 

Beckham has been traded to the Browns, and now Shepard is the longest-tenured Giant in that receivers room. In turn, the Giants are certainly going to be putting more pressure on Shepard to step up in the absence of their No. 1 receiver. 

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Jul 4, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 4, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

It hasn't been a good last month for Gary Sanchez, and now it just got worse. 

The All-Star catcher is headed to the IL with a left groin strain, the Yankees announced. His injury came in Tuesday night's thrilling win against the Twins after trying to beat out a groundball to shortstop. He was set to have an MRI on Wednesday.

The injury initially looked like an ankle ailment, as replay showed Sanchez turn his right ankle. However, Boone said it was a groin injury and the IL stint was possible. 

Tags: Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka, Scott Thompson
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Manning talks Daniel Jones 00:01:48
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning discusses the progress of rookie signal caller Daniel Jones during the first day of training camp.

When Pat Shurmur was hired as the Giants' new head coach last season, he was widely called a "quarterback guru" -- someone who knows how to mold a quarterback to be successful in today's NFL. 

For example, it was evident during his time in Minnesota when Case Keenum led the Vikings to an AFC title game. And though many believed he would have his own quarterback to groom in last year's quarterback-heavy draft, Saquon Barkley was the move by GM Dave Gettleman instead. 

Fast forward one year and Shurmur finally has his quarterback to groom in Daniel Jones

Tags: Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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Gase and Darnold on camp vibes 00:01:36
Jets coach Adam Gase talks about Quinnen Williams, training camp attitude and the team playing meaningful games in November and December.

The Jets are expecting a major change in the 2019-20 season, and new head coach Adam Gase is tasked with leading the way. 

Gase took to the podium on Wednesday ahead of the Jets' first training camp practice on Thursday, and discussed a wide variety of topics about his new team this season. His roster has the capability to break their eight-year playoff drought. His coaches, including defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, will be bringing new schemes and plays to revitalize the team on the field. And a new GM in Joe Douglas was the final touch in rebranding the Jets' culture.

All of that smells like a team ready to turn the tide, and Gase believes that will be the case as the season progresses.

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

With Jets training camp kicking off this Thursday, the team is still "hopeful" their No. 3 overall draft choice in Quinnen Williams will have his rookie deal settled by that time, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported last week. 

However, there is still a holdup in completing his contract, and now we know why. 

Vacchiano is hearing the issue is the payment schedule of Williams' signing bonus. That is normally one of two issues that arise when deals with rookies aren't signed, with the other being "offset language."

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Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning of the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning of the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Gary Sanchez just can't seem to shake this slump. 

The Yankee catcher has been having a bounce-back year, but his results at the plate over the last month have been similar to what he experience in a miserable 2018 season. 

Since the start of his slump on June 21 to yesterday's 0-for-5 performance against the Twins, "The Kraken" is hitting a paltry .143/.217/.250 with a miniscule .467 OPS over 84 at-bats. That's an entirely different Sanchez than the one that posted a .269/.338/.625 slash line with 22 homers and 50 RBI before that stretch. 

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Jul 13, 2019; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (left) talks with forward/center Anthony Davis (right) after a press conference at the UCLA Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jul 13, 2019; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (left) talks with forward/center Anthony Davis (right) after a press conference at the UCLA Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

For the Lakers, Anthony Davis' most recent comments are a nightmare. For every other team who wanted the versatile center on their roster this season, they kept that dream alive. 

As many know, Davis will be a free agent following the 2019-20 season. The Lakers were well aware of that fact, sending over assets like Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and others with full confidence that Davis would want to re-sign with Los Angeles after the season. GM Rob Pelinka, who spearheaded the deal for Davis, said during the introductory press conference that the All-Star would be in LA for the next decade.

However, speaking to his hometown newspaper in the Chicago Tribune, Davis said he would think about playing for the Bulls. 

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Jul 21, 2019; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame President Tim Mead and Hall of Fame Inductee Mariano Rivera hold the Hall of Fame plaque along with National baseball hall of fame chairman of the board Jane Forbes Clark and Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred during the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 21, 2019; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame President Tim Mead and Hall of Fame Inductee Mariano Rivera hold the Hall of Fame plaque along with National baseball hall of fame chairman of the board Jane Forbes Clark and Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred during the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

For Mariano Rivera, going last is something he was used to throughout his Major League career. That's why it was fitting to see that same thing happen in Cooperstown on Sunday afternoon. 

Rivera was the last inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame during the ceremony this afternoon, and rightfully so. Not only is he the most dominant closer of all time, but the Yankee legend was also the first unanimous inductee in history. 

So, with a Bernie Williams guitar solo and all, Rivera was introduced to the crowd full of Yankees fans that he addressed after receiving the honor. 

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Jul 21, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) takes out pitcher James Paxton (65) in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 21, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) takes out pitcher James Paxton (65) in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees had their win streak snapped on Sunday, as the Rockies took down the Bombers 8-4 to avoid a sweep at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) James Paxton had a rough outing on the road. His first batter, Charlie Blackmon, took him deep to lead off the game and it may have been an omen for the rest of the way. He allowed seven runs, four earned on five hits while striking out six and walking three over 3.1 innings. Paxton's ERA has now rose to 4.20 on the year. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, James Paxton, Scott Thompson
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Recapping Hall of Fame speeches 00:01:20
Sweeny Murti and Chris Williamson break down the highlights of Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera's Hall of Fame speeches.

Mike Mussina is officially a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Normally stoic, Mussina couldn't help but to smile as his former Yankees manager Joe Torre talked about his great career on a video before his speech. When accepting his plaque, that smile never left his face. 

It was only until he began his induction speech that he went back to that serious manner to explain how his journey began up until this moment in Cooperstown on Sunday. 

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(Adam Hunger)

In just a few hours, Yankees legends Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame up in Cooperstown. 

And current Yankee Aaron Judge couldn't think of a better way to recognize the careers that these pitchers had. 

Speaking at Pepsi's Coach Judge Softball Game, Judge discussed "what an honor" it is for both Mussina and Rivera -- two players he looked up to growing up.

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Evan Engram (88) carries the ball during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Evan Engram (88) carries the ball during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Evan Engram had injuries plague his 2018 season, but he's back to reverse course this season. Can he make a leap in Year 3? Here's a closer look at what to expect in training camp for the tight ends...


Projected Starters: Evan Engram

Projected Backups: Rhett Ellison

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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

With Odell Beckham Jr. gone, the Giants are left with a big void to fill in the passing game. But will Sterling Shepard make the leap to No. 1 receiver, or will Golden Tate truly be his replacement? Here's a closer look at what to expect in training camp...


Projected Starters: Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard, Cody Latimer

Projected Backups: Corey Coleman, Russell Shepard, Darius Slayton

Tags: B.W. Webb, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Scott Thompson
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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants flaunt one of the highest-paid defensive lines in all of football. Can they live up to their contracts? Here's a closer look at what to expect...


Projected Starters: Janoris Jenkins, Sam Beal, DeAndre Baker

Projected Backups: Julian Love, Grant Haley, Corey Ballentine

Tags: B.W. Webb, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Scott Thompson
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Feb 8, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) looks on against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Feb 8, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) looks on against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

New head coach Mike Anderson considers himself a Knicks fan now, and you can thank Bobby Portis for that. 

Anderson coached Portis during his time at Arkansas, where he was the 2015 SEC Player of the Year. Portis was impressive that year with 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while shooting 46.7 percent from three. 

That jumper translated to the NBA, too, as he shot a career-high 39.3 percent from three last season between the Bulls and Wizards. Anderson believes that aspect of Portis' game and more will have Knicks fans liking him this year. 

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Jul 5, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) enters the game during the eleventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Jul 5, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) enters the game during the eleventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Will the Yankees be without their closer Aroldis Chapman in 2020? It's a scenario that is very plausible after hearing what The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal had to say about the flame-throwing left-hander. 

Rosenthal wrote in his most recent piece that "a player who is friendly" with Chapman said that the closer will "one million percent" opt out of his contract following the end of the 2019 season. 

Chapman answered questions about the report before tonight's game, saying it is "completely false" that he wants to opt out, according to multiple reports. However, he will have a discussion with his agent after the season to contemplate his options. For now, though, he is happy with his contract...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Scott Thompson
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Jun 29, 2019; London, ENG; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates his run with his team mates during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Flynn)
Jun 29, 2019; London, ENG; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) celebrates his run with his team mates during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Flynn)

Aaron Judge had already flipped the script in the bottom of the eighth, when his two-run homer to right field made it 4-3 Yankees over the Rays. 

But Didi Gregorius completely broke down the door with a grand slam in the same frame to pull away. 

With the crowd chanting his name, Gregorius sent a moonshot to the right field bleachers, and a big smile crossed his face as he sent the Yankee Stadium crowd into a frenzy. It's a scene Gregorius has orchestrated so many times in the past, but this season following his long IL stint due to Tommy John surgery recovery, it has been a rare sight. 

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Wheeler talks shoulder injury 00:02:08
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler discusses the severity of his shoulder injury and the results of a recent MRI.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler gave his official diagnosis after hitting the IL on Monday, telling the media Tuesday it is a shoulder impingement that has been bothering him. 

This is an ailment that Wheeler has dealt with in the past, noting that he began feeling it halfway through his start against the Yankees as well as the entire outing against the Phillies. 

After receiving an MRI, Wheeler isn't too worried that this will keep him sidelined for too long.

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May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees injured relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) warms up prior to game one of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 15, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees injured relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) warms up prior to game one of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Dellin Betances and Luis Severino have been waiting very patiently in the dugout and clubhouse to finally pick up their gloves again. And Monday was finally that time to hit the field for some catch.

"I greeted them with 'happy throwing day,'" manager Aaron Boone told The Athletic's Lindsey Adler

Both pitchers, who have been on the IL since the start of the season, were seen in right field throwing a baseball for the first time since being activated over the weekend. It was just to get the blood flowing again, with 25 throws from 60 feet. 

Tags: Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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