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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws ages the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws ages the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Steven Matz (flexor strain) pitched four innings and allowed five runs and five hits in a rehab start Tuesday night with Triple-A Las Vegas. It is possible he is activated from the disabled list this weekend or early next week.

In St. Lucie, Seth Lugo (elbow) allowed seven runs (six earned) and seven hits in three innings during his second rehab start.

Matz, who developed a flexor tendon strain in his pitching arm toward the end of spring training, posted a 3.40 ERA in 22 starts for the Mets last season.

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(USA Today)

RHP Seth Lugo will make a rehab start for High-A St. Lucie tonight, the Mets said.

Lugo, who pitched for team Puerto Rico during the World Baseball Classic, has been out all season due to a partially torn UCL in his right elbow. He tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings for St. Lucie on May 18 during his first rehab game.

He had started his rehab by pitching in extended spring training.

Lugo, 27, had a 2.67 ERA (4.33 FIP) and 1.09 WHIP with 45 strikeouts and 21 walks in 64 innings (eight starts, nine relief appearances) for the Mets in 2016 during what was his rookie season...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws ages the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws ages the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets LHP Steven Matz will make a rehab start Tuesday with Triple-A Las Vegas.

According to Newsday's David Lennon, if Matz reports feeling strong the next day, it's possible he could be activated from the disabled list and start for the Mets during the last week of May.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Jacob deGrom finally found his groove. Well, except for when he almost lost it.

After issuing a four-pitch walk to open Friday's game, deGrom at one point retired 13 straight batters and ended up tossing seven scoreless innings in what became a 3-0 win against the Angels at Citi Field. The victory snapped the Mets' seven-game losing streak.

It was a desperately needed performance by deGrom on many levels for the Mets (17-23).

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

RHP Doug Fister has agreed to a minor league deal with the Angels, reports Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

The Mets had interest in Fister, Jon Heyman of FanRag reported last month.

The 33-year-old Fister, who did not pitch during Spring Training, had a 4.64 ERA (4.75 FIP) and 1.42 WHIP while striking out 115 batters in 180 1/3 innings (32 starts) for the Astros last season.

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Mar 6, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws ages the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
Mar 6, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws ages the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Steven Matz (elbow) and Seth Lugo (partially torn UCL) both pitched two innings (30 pitches total) in an extended spring training game on Saturday, according to Terry Collins.

They could return in late-May or early-June.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo throws against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo throws against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Mets hope RHP Seth Lugo will be able to throw a full bullpen session in two weeks after he threw 20 pitches off a mound, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

Lugo, who suffered a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, threw from 120 feet last week and felt fine after his recent throwing session from the mound, according to Heyman.

The team will determine if Lugo will need to undergo Tommy John surgery based on his throwing program. If he needs surgery, it will take him 12 to 18 months to fully recover.

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Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks off the field after an apparent injury against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks off the field after an apparent injury against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Noah Syndergaard has dealt with a blister, cracked nail, biceps tendonitis, arm fatigue and shoulder discomfort at various points this season. He refused to have himself checked out with an MRI and instead threw a bullpen session Friday. He supposedly looked and felt great, and was cleared to make his scheduled start Sunday.

Of course, after hitting 100 mph with his fastball to start the game, he was removed midway through the second inning after throwing a pitch and grabbing beneath his right arm (lat muscle). Now, he's headed for an MRI, initially scheduled for 7 a.m. Monday.

Asked if it's common for a player to refuse examination, GM Sandy Alderson said, "That's not standard practice, but I can't tie him down and throw him in the tube either."

No, you don't tackle him. (For starters, Alderson is 69 years old, while Syndergaard is Syndergaard and he'd win.) But the proper solution is to sit him down, call his agent and explain to them the situation and how that the MRI isn't a punishment, but is in the best interest of the player, his teammates, the organization and his future.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Collins, Gsellman on Mets defeat 00:05:12
Terry Collins and Robert Gsellman comment on the Mets' frustrating 8-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

The Mets will again try to rebound and split a rain-shortened two-game series with the Braves at Citi Field today at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

R.A. Dickey (1-2, 3.86) and Noah Syndergaard (1-1, 1.73 ERA) will face each other for the first time since they were involved in the same trade during 2012.

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Mets LHP Steven Matz and RHP Seth Lugo have both thrown from 120 feet while rehabbing their respective injuries and are expected to soon begin mound work, manager Terry Collins said Wednesday.

Matz, who has been out since the end of Spring Training due to a left arm injury, began a throwing program last Wednesday.

He could theoretically return around the end of May, though an exact timetable has not been set, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last week.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets will start a nine-game homestand at Citi Field with a three-game series against the Phillies tonight at 7:10 pm ET on SNY.

Zack Wheeler (1-1, 7.45 ERA) will pitch for the Mets, while Zach Eflin (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his season debut for the Phillies.

Also today, 27-year-old RHP Seth Lugo will begin throwing again in hopes of avoiding Tommy John surgery, which would force him to miss the remainder of this season.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Mets RHP Seth Lugo, who has been resting for the last two weeks due to a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, will begin a throwing program on Tuesday, reports Matt Ehalt of The Record.

Lugo will initially begin throwing from 60 feet.

Whether or not Lugo needs Tommy John surgery will depend on the results of the platelet-rich plasma injection he received, and how his throwing program goes.

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Mets GM Alderson on Steven Matz 00:00:49
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson gives the latest update on Steven Matz's injury.

Steven Matz's injury has led to frustration among Mets officials because they have yet to find out who diagnosed him with a flexor strain, according to Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

The Mets have interest in free agent RHP Doug Fisterreports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Fister is still seeking a major league deal, says Heyman, who speculates it's 'a little too late' for that.

The 33-year-old Fister, who did not pitch during Spring Training, had a 4.64 ERA (4.75 FIP) and 1.42 WHIP while striking out 115 batters in 180 1/3 innings (32 starts) for the Astros last season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Lugo, Alderson on torn UCL 00:02:19
Mets right-handed pitcher Seth Lugo and general manager Sandy Alderson talk about the status of Lugo's elbow injury.

Seth Lugo's partially torn UCL likely occurred during the spring, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters Wednesday at Citi Field. 

Alderson said doctors told the team the presence of fluid in Lugo's elbow suggested the injury was recent, adding that the Mets are optimistic the injury won't require surgery.

Lugo will rest for roughly two weeks before beginning a throwing program.

Whether or not Lugo needs surgery will depend on the results of the platelet-rich plasma injection he received, and how his throwing program goes.

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Apr 3, 2017; Colon (40) acknowledges fans at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Colon (40) acknowledges fans at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Bartolo Colon remains among the most popular figures in recent Mets history, as further evidenced by the warm reception he received when introduced with the Braves on Opening Day at Citi Field on Monday. And given the Mets' suddenly thinner rotation, Colon certainly could have been useful had he remained for a fourth season in Queens.

Yet the decision to allow Colon to defect to Atlanta for $12.5 million on Nov. 17 ought not be second-guessed now that Seth Lugo reportedly has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and Steven Matz has disclosed he has a strained flexor tendon in his left elbow.

When Colon opposes Jacob deGrom on Wednesday night at Citi Field -- at 43 years, 315 days old -- the veteran right-hander will become the oldest pitcher in the majors to start one of a team's first two games of a season since Jamie Moyer with the Rockies at age 49 in 2012. And certainly there will be an expiration date on Colon's productivity at some point sooner than later, even if he appears ageless.

That's not what dissuaded the Mets from re-signing him, however.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 3, 2017; Fans enter Citi Field through the Jackie Robinson rotunda on Opening Day. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Fans enter Citi Field through the Jackie Robinson rotunda on Opening Day. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It's me again. After 14 seasons as a Mets beat reporter, for the Daily News and then ESPN, I joined the New York Institute of Technology in February as its assistant athletic director for strategic communications, promoting the Old Westbury school's Division I baseball team as well as a dozen other sports competing at the Division II level.

The job involves pitching stories to media about the program, plus ensuring the school's athletics website -- NYITBears.com --and social media have solid content.

Still, when SNY graciously asked if I would be interested in contributing to its website on a part-time basis, I couldn't resist. I will be providing analysis pieces about the Mets, as well as popular staples from my days as a beat reporter, including the "Farm Report," which contains a feature and notes about Mets minor leaguers. We plan to launch our weekly minor-league content next Wednesday and continue it for the duration of the season.

Thank you to SNY's Fred Harner and Matthew Cerrone for making this happen.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mets Rally at Grand Central 00:00:20
The Mets hosted a rally at Grand Central Terminal in anticipation of Opening Day on Sunday

The Mets begin their 56th season today at Citi Field against the Braves at 1:10 pm.

The Mets are 35-20 on Opening Day, including nine consecutive wins from 1975 to 1983, during which Tom Seaver won three times.

Noah Syndergaard will be making his first Opening Day start for the Mets. Last season, while going 14-9 with 218 strikeouts and a 2.60 ERA, he made the All-Star team and received votes for the Cy Young and MVP awards.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets Talk Live: Rotation 00:07:40
The guys on Mets Talk Live weigh the options for the Mets as they finalize their rotation before Opening Day.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler will be in the starting rotation and pitch the fourth game of the season, GM Sandy Alderson told reporters Thursday morning.

Wheeler tossed five shutout innings on Monday, again touching 97 MPH with his fastball.

"I think today I proved that I am ready," Wheeler said after Monday's start. "I knew today was a big day for me. I did the best that I could and we'll leave it up to them and what they want to do, where they want to go and how they want to handle it."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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GEICO SportsNite: Zack Wheeler 00:01:26
Zack Wheeler says that he showed he can still be locked in on the mound, while Terry Collins says that Wheeler will have pressure on him.

Zack Wheeler allowed two hits, struck out three and walked two during five scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Marlins, 5-0, in Jupiter.

Seth Lugo allowed eight hits (including three homers) and four runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Mets lots to the Nationals, 6-0, in Port St. Lucie...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera, Zack Wheeler
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Wheeler says he's ready 00:04:24
Zack Wheeler talks about his successful start Monday, and declares himself ready for the 2017 season.

The Mets played two split-squad games Monday, during which Seth Lugo started against the Nationals in St. Lucie, while Zack Wheeler started against the Marlins in Jupiter.

Following yesterday's news that Steven Matz will miss his next start due to elbow pain, it's been assumed that the team may need to choose between Lugo and Wheeler to be their fifth starter.

In Jupiter, Wheeler threw five scoreless innings, faced 19 batters, struck out three and allowed two hits.

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Mar 22, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)
Mar 22, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)

Mets RHP Seth Lugo gave up four runs and five hits, while striking out seven, in four innings Wednesday for Puerto Rico, who lost, 8-0, to the United States in the World Baseball Classic finals.

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Mar 17, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Puerto Rico pitcher Seth Lugo (67) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the United States during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Puerto Rico pitcher Seth Lugo (67) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the United States during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Mets RHP Seth Lugo will be the starting pitcher Wednesday for Puerto Rico when they face the United States or Japan during the World Baseball Classic championship game, USA Today reported early Tuesday morning.

In his most recent outing for Puerto Rico, Lugo retired the first 11 batters he faced. He eventually gave up just one hit in five innings, while striking out three batters and walking no one against Venezuela, whose lineup featured Jose Altuve, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Gonzalez and Victor Martinez, among other notable big-league players.

Lugo is expected to make the Opening Day roster with the Mets. However, whether he'll be in the starting rotation or bullpen has yet to be determined.

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Mets pitchers Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler, all of whom are competing for a spot on the roster (Photo Credit: USA today Sports Images)
Mets pitchers Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler, all of whom are competing for a spot on the roster (Photo Credit: USA today Sports Images)

Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz are a lock to be in the team's starting rotation when it begins their 2017 season in exactly two weeks...

Matt Harvey should be a lock, but has struggled this spring after last year's season-ending surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. I expect he'll make the Opening Day roster, though I do think there's a small chance he stays back in St. Lucie where he'd begin the season in extended spring training and on the disabled list.

Meanwhile, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler have all pitched well enough to be considered for the rotation's final spot.

"It's a great problem to have," Terry Collins said Sunday. "We came into this camp knowing we had depth in the rotation. ... They have stepped up and showed us we weren't wrong."

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New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo throws a bullpen session during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo throws a bullpen session during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets RHP Seth Lugo is uniquely qualified to become this team's version of Indians reliever Andrew Miller, who made headlines last postseason for his ability to fill multiple bullpen roles.

Lugo is far from a household name. Unfortunately for the Mets, that is likely to change when baseball fans watch him start Friday night for Puerto Rico against Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

I'm very interested to see how people react to his curve ball, which you and I know can be amazing.

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Zack Wheeler is ready to pitch 00:03:54
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler discusses his outing Thursday and is happy to be healthy and ready to pitch in 2017.

In his start Thursday against the Nationals, Mets RHP Zack Wheeler pitched 2 1/3 innings, during which he allowed two runs and three hits, walked one and struck out two of 11 batters.

"I'm ready to move on and pitch with these guys during the season," said Wheeler, who will be limited to throwing roughly 125 innings this season.

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New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo throws a bullpen session during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo throws a bullpen session during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The Mets' Seth Lugo started and pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings for Puerto Rico in its 11-0 mercy-rule win over Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic Friday in Jalisco, Mexico.

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GEICO SportsNite: d'Arnaud 00:01:01
Terry Collins was pleased to see Travis d'Arnaud show signs of returning to form at the plate with a home run against Miami on Tuesday.

The Mets beat the Marlins, 3-1, on Tuesday afternoon in Jupiter.


  • RHP Seth Lugo got the start and allowed two hits while striking out two and walking none in three scoreless innings. He has tossed five scoreless innings so far during Spring Training.
  • LHP Josh Smoker struck out one while earning the save in a scoreless ninth inning...
Tags: Jose Reyes, Josh Smoker, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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The Mets face the Marlins on Tuesday in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m.

Michael Conforto will play right field and bat third.

Top prospect Dominic Smith will get the start at first base.

Follow on Gameday here...

 

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Conforto fighting for spot 00:03:17
Michael Conforto went 2-3 with a home run in the Mets' first spring game, and could make roster decisions difficult for Terry Collins.

The Mets beat the Red Sox, 3-2, on Friday afternoon in Fort Myers.


  • Mets pitchers took a combined no-hitter into the seventh inning.
  • OF Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with a home run.
  • C Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-2.
  • RHP Seth Lugo, who is competing with Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler for the fifth spot in the rotation, walked two and struck out three while allowing no hits in two scoreless innings...
Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Mar 20, 2016; Red Sox DH David Murphy (18) is tagged out at home plate by Mets during a spring training game at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 20, 2016; Red Sox DH David Murphy (18) is tagged out at home plate by Mets during a spring training game at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets open their 2017 Grapefruit League schedule today at 1:05 p.m. ET against the Red Sox at JetBlue Field in Fort Myers, Fla.

The game will not be on SNY, but can be heard on radio at 710 AM WOR in New York.

Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Amed Rosario, and Travis d'Arnaud will headline the trip, while Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright, Jose Reyes and the rest of the roster remain back in St. Lucie to work out in camp.

Seth Lugo will start for the Mets, after which RHP prospect Marcos Molina is expected to pitch.

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. (Steve Mitchell)
. (Steve Mitchell)

Bartolo Colon, who signed a one year deal worth $12.5 million with the Braves this offseason, initially thought he was going to return to the Mets for 2017.

"I had the idea that I was probably going to stay with the Mets at the end of the season," Colon told the NY Post through an interpreter. "My family is up there, but it's a business, and I had to do what was right for me and my family. This was a business decision.''

"The Mets did a lot for me,'' Colon added. "It's just one of those things.''

Colon, who turns 44 years old in May, had a 3.43 ERA (3.99 FIP) and 1.21 WHIP in 191 2/3 innings (33 starts, one relief apperance) last season for the Mets...

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday. Here's what we learned...

  • If closer Jeurys Familia is suspended for the beginning of the season, the Mets will "have to go outside the box" at times -- including potentially using LHP Jerry Blevins -- when it comes to closing games.
  • OF Michael Conforto is "too good a player" to continue to struggle.
  • If everyone is healthy, there will likely be two spots open in the bullpen, and the team could "very easily" take three left-handers...
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Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)
Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)

Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo and Zack Wheeler will compete in Spring Training to determine who will be the team's fifth starting pitcher, Terry Collins told reporters Monday.

Gsellman and Lugo were a combined 8-3 with a 2.65 ERA in 15 starts last season filling in for Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz.

Wheeler hasn't pitched in the majors since having Tommy John surgery in 2014.

"We aren't sure how many innings he's going to be able to pitch," Collins said of Wheeler, who was 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA in 2014. "So, do you burn those innings early, or do you burn those innings late? And that is certainly a discussion we will have as we go through Spring Training."

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Terry Collins on Spring Training 00:08:01
Terry Collins speaks on the feeling of Spring Training and having 52 guys returning from last season.

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Monday. Here's what we learned...

  • Regarding RHP Zack Wheeler, Collins said the team will get him ready to start games and decide at the end of Spring Training where he fits best, with the bullpen being an option.
  • Wheeler and RHPs Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo will compete for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.
  • There is no plan to get OF Michael Conforto time at first base right now.
  • Collins sees the "fire" that he's seen in the past from RHP Matt Harvey. "You know this guy," Collins said. "This guy likes to be the number one."
Tags: David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Seth Lugo talks rookie success 00:05:53
Seth Lugo discusses his rookie season and what he expects moving forward on Mets Hot Stove.

According to MLB's Statcast, Mets pitcher Seth Lugo had the best spin in baseball when throwing his curve ball during 2016, which is why he recently told the NY Post's Kevin Kernan that he plans to throw it more often this coming season...

Lugo had 12 of the 13 highest spin curveballs, including the highest spin on a single curveball since Statcast started being used in 2015.

"I have no way to check the physics behind that, but I do give some credit to Frisbee golf, you have to snap that thing pretty good," Lugo added, when asked by Kernan what makes his pitch so effective.

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Mets Hot Stove talks bullpen 00:02:48
Jim Duquette and Nelson Figueroa debate what the Mets options are as they look to add solid relievers in the bullpen.

First off, I was wrong. I recently argued in favor of the Mets signing Sergio Romo, but I've changed my mind. In the last few days, I've been talked out of Romo by friends in San Francisco, a former manager and one scout that has watched him closely the last few years.

"He's not their kind of a guy, and Sandy Alderson has to know that," one person said. "Plus, Terry would burn him out in a week."

I think this is probably right. The Mets have reportedly reached out to Romo, but I now doubt he's Alderson's top target.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) is doused by third baseman Jose Reyes (7) after clinching a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) is doused by third baseman Jose Reyes (7) after clinching a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

In order for the Mets to win 90 games in 2017, they obviously can't get hit with the injury bug like they did last season -- especially not in the starting rotation.

So, health aside, what has to happen for them to win 90?

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Seth Lugo talks rookie success 00:05:53
Seth Lugo discusses his rookie season and what he expects moving forward on Mets Hot Stove.

The Mets were 7-1 last season when Seth Lugo was asked to fill in for the injured Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz.

Nevertheless, despite his success last season, Lugo told SNY's Mets Hot Stove that he has the same level of confidence entering spring training this season as he did last winter.

"I mean, baseball is a game that can go either way and a lot of luck comes in to play," Lugo explained. "I had some success, which I wouldn't say is a big confidence boost, but it certainly feels good."

Lugo, 27, had a 2.68 ERA while striking out 5.6 batters per nine innings as a starting pitcher last season for the Mets. However, in nine appearances as a relief pitcher, he had a 2.65 ERA and struck out 8.5 per nine innings.

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Aug 15, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Aug 15, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Mets were 7-1 last season when Seth Lugo was asked to fill in for the injured Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz.

Nevertheless, despite his success last season, Lugo told SNY's Mets Hot Stove that he has the same level of confidence entering spring training this season as he did last winter.

"I mean, baseball is a game that can go either way and a lot of luck comes in to play," Lugo explained. "I had some success, which I wouldn't say is a big confidence boost, but it certainly feels good."

Lugo, 27, had a 2.68 ERA while striking out 5.6 batters per nine innings as a starting pitcher last season for the Mets. However, in nine appearances as a relief pitcher, he had a 2.65 ERA and struck out 8.5 per nine innings.

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Aug 15, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Aug 15, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Mets were 7-1 last season when Seth Lugo was asked to fill in for the injured Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz.

Nevertheless, despite his success last season, Lugo told SNY's Mets Hot Stove that he has the same level of confidence entering spring training this season as he did last winter.

"I mean, baseball is a game that can go either way and a lot of luck comes in to play," Lugo explained. "I had some success, which I wouldn't say is a big confidence boost, but it certainly feels good."

Lugo, 27, had a 2.68 ERA while striking out 5.6 batters per nine innings as a starting pitcher last season for the Mets. However, in nine appearances as a relief pitcher, he had a 2.65 ERA and struck out 8.5 per nine innings.

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Could Mets re-sign Blevins? 00:02:38
Baseball Night in New York discusses Jerry Blevins' impact on the Mets and where he could end up for the 2017 season.

Closer Greg Holland, right-handed relievers Neftali Feliz, Sergio Romo, and Joe Blanton and left-handed relievers Boone Logan and Jerry Blevins are getting the most attention right now on the free-agent market for relievers, according to MLB insiders.

According to the same sources, the Mets are among 10-12 teams looking to add a left-handed reliever, and they're among the 15 or so teams still in the market for a right-handed reliever.

I believe there are more teams interested in Logan than Blevins, with the Mets interested in both. I believe these two men will get guaranteed deals, especially when considering supply and demand. But, as the NY Post's Ken Davidoff pointed out Tuesday, one of the two may want to take a one-year deal so he can be in position for a longer-term deal next winter. In that scenario, Sandy Alderson and the Mets may be that pitcher's best option.

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New York Mets second baseman T.J. Rivera (54) in action during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Derik Hamilton)
New York Mets second baseman T.J. Rivera (54) in action during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Derik Hamilton)

Mets 2B T.J. Rivera has committed to play for Team Puerto Rico at the World Baseball Classic, reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

RHP Seth Lugo has also committed to play for Puerto Rico during the WBC, Morosi reported Tuesday.

It is not known whether the Mets have given Rivera or Lugo clearance to participate.

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I expect Jeurys Familia will be suspended to start the season. If that's the case, Addison Reed will be the New York Mets' temporary closer. How the bullpen shakes out after that is still a bit of a mystery.

Will Jerry Blevins be back?

Blevins is reportedly seeking a three-year deal, probably worth $15-20 million. The Mets would love to have him back, and I'm sure he'd like to return, but there's no evidence that Sandy Alderson is interested in making this type of commitment to a relief pitcher, even Blevins.

Tags: Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Robert Gsellman pitches against the Braves last Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
Robert Gsellman pitches against the Braves last Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

Teams have asked about RHP Robert Gsellman, but Sandy Alderson has told them he's not available, sources told ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.

Gsellman, 23, had a 2.42 ERA (2.63 FIP) and 1.27 WHIP, while striking out 42 batters in 44 2/3 innings, during seven starts and one relief appearance for the Mets in 2016.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Bartolo Colon recently signed a one-year, $12.5 million deal to pitch for the Braves next season, where he will join R.A. Dickey in 2017.

Nevertheless, even without Colon, the Mets are still set up to have a terrific starting rotation next season, able to lean on Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman. However, their depth beyond them is a bit of a question mark...

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Thank you, Mets, for a wild season. In spring training, settling for a wild card loss would have been a major disappointment. However, at 60-62 on Aug. 19, with 70 percent of the Opening Day lineup on the disabled list, simply getting to the wild card seemed like an unrealistic goal. Nevertheless, the Mets attained it. It was an amazing run and I'm glad I got to experience watching it.


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The Mets need to cut down to 25 players and set a Wild Card roster by Wednesday's night's Wild Card game against the Giants at Citi Field.

The buzz from Citi Field is that they'll probably end up starting left-handed hitting 1B Lucas Duda against Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner, as opposed to James Loney. In that case, it's possible Loney is left off the roster entirely, because they'll need Eric Campbell to be a right-handed bat off the bench. Also, Terry Collins said Sunday that Seth Lugo or Robert Gsellman will be left behind, since one of the two of them will be needed to start Game 2 of the NLDS, in the event the Mets win Wednesday.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Eric Campbell, James Loney, Lucas Duda, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo
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The Mets' rookies dressed up in garb from the film "A League Of Their Own" and got coffee for the team Saturday morning.



Pictured left to right is a member of the Mets' staff, Brandon Nimmo, T.J. Rivera, Ty Kelly, Josh Smoker, Matt Reynolds, Robert Gsellman, Gavin Cecchini, and Seth Lugo.

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