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February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)
February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)

Despite a slew of injuries to key players this season, the Mets remain committed to strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis, GM Sandy Alderson told Mike Puma of the NY Post.

"Mike is not going anywhere," Alderson said. "Mike is one of our most important staff and resources. ... The perception that some people have of what Barwis provides to the Mets is completely erroneous. He provides mostly training in the offseason."

Barwis has been with the Mets since 2015. He relocated the central hub of his Barwis Methods business to newly built training facility at the team's complex St. Lucie, where Mets players (and several players from other MLB teams) spend time in the offseason training with him and his staff.

Yoenis Cespedes was filmed during the offseason doing 1,100 pound 'bear squats,' but Alderson said Barwis had nothing to do with Cespedes working with that much weight and that Cespedes trusts Barwis...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (54) doubles in a run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (54) doubles in a run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets LHP Josh Edgin had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday, the team announced.

At the end of July, Edgin cleared waivers and was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas. On August 12, he was placed on the seven-day disabled list.

Infielder T.J. Rivera is set to undergo Tommy John surgery on his injured right elbow this week or next week.

Tags: Josh Edgin, TJ Rivera
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Crowded Mets disabled list 00:00:36
Taylor Rooks looks at the players currently on the Mets' disabled list, including the latest injury Yoenis Cespedes.

Noah Syndergaard threw live batting on Saturday in Port St. Lucie. Mets manager Terry Collins said on Sunday that Syndergaard is expected to throw batting practice again on Wednesday.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

Orange caps will also be worn.

Click below for images

 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, TJ Rivera
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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

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

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

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

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, TJ Rivera
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Mets INF T.J. Rivera has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, the Mets announced Friday.

Rivera has received a platelet-rich plasma injection for the injury.

The Mets activated INF Neil Walker from the disabled list to replace Rivera on the roster.

Tags: Neil Walker, TJ Rivera
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Smith on playing in Las Vegas 00:03:29
Dominic Smith talks about the experience of playing for the Las Vegas 51's and about his hopes of joining the Major League club.

In the wake of the Mets trading first baseman Lucas Duda, the team will not promote their No. 2 prospect, Dominic Smith, on Friday night when the team opens a weekend series against the Mariners in Seattle, SNY contributor Adam Rubin said on Twitter.

Smith, who is hitting .337/.390/.524 with 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 102 games with Triple-A Las Vegas, is considered the organization's No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com and Baseball America, and the second-best first base prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed and Neil Walker, all of whom are eligible to free agents after the 2017 season (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed and Neil Walker, all of whom are eligible to free agents after the 2017 season (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is six days away. And given the Mets still trail by double digits in the division and wild-card races, it's unquestionable they will be sellers.

Who exactly will go? Here's a list of nine contenders, from most to least likely...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, TJ Rivera
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July, 2017: Cabrera celebrates a win with teammates at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger, USA Today
July, 2017: Cabrera celebrates a win with teammates at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger, USA Today

Several teams, including three American League playoff contenders, are interested in acquiring Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrerasources told New York Post reporter Mike Puma.

Cabrera, who is due roughly $4 million the rest of this season, will move from second to third base when 2B Neil Walker returns from the disabled list next week. He mostly played shortstop the last 10 years.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians, David Wright, Neil Walker, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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Collins on infield shakeup 00:02:11
Terry Collins says the return of Neil Walker may result in Asdrubal Cabrera being shifted to third base.

Mets infielders Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker will begin taking ground balls at third base, Terry Collins told reporters Thursday. 

Walker (hamstring) will begin practicing at the position once he comes back from the disabled list. However, Cabrera won't play third until Walker returns to the lineup, according to Collins. Cabrera told reporters that he is willing to slide over to third, a position he's only played once in his major league career.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Neil Walker, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Red Sox are looking to acquire a third baseman and have interest in Mets infielders Wilmer Flores, Asdrubal Cabrera and T.J. Riveraaccording to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The Sox have also recently been linked in rumor to Martin Prado (Marlins), Jed Lowrie (A's), Yangervis Solarte (Padres), and Josh Harrison (Pirates).

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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 (Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

In the midst of a lost season for the Mets, an unlikely bright note has emerged -- T.J. Rivera. A red-hot July during which he has hit .394 with five extra-base hits over 37 plate appearances has pushed his OPS over .800 and he shows no signs of slowing down. 

Despite going undrafted, Rivera has developed into a solid hitter and has the potential to be a valuable piece of the team going forward.

From the time he arrived in the Mets system, Rivera showed that he could hit. He never batted below .300 at any level and secured the 2016 Pacific Coast League batting title with a .353 average and a .909 OPS. He was never ranked as a top prospect, in part due to his relatively advanced age, but that performance earned him a well-deserved call-up to the big leagues last season, where he slashed .333/.345/.476 in 113 plate appearances.

There were few expectations of a repeat performance from Rivera going into 2017. His walk rate was under 3 percent, he didn't have much power and regression seemed inevitable from a 28-year-old entering his rookie year. Instead, he has been one of their best batters and may be hitting his way into a bigger role in 2018 and beyond.

Tags: TJ Rivera, Maggie Wiggin
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

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

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:29
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 7-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday

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

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

1) Rafael Montero allowed four runs -- all in the second inning -- over a career-high 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander allowed eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Five of the hits came during Philadelphia's four-run second.

2) T.J. Rivera supplied the only offense for the Mets with a solo homer in the fifth, his fourth of the season and second in as many games. Matt Reynolds singled as a pinch-hitter in the eighth for New York's other hit.

Tags: Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera
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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

The Mets offense fueled a key seventh-inning rally on Saturday, scoring four runs to overcome a 6-3 deficit in the team's 7-6 win over the Phillies.

T.J. Rivera led off the seventh with a solo home run and Wilmer Flores hit a pinch-hit RBI single later in the inning. With two runs already in, Asdrubal Cabrera hit the team's second home run of the inning -- a two-run homer -- to give the Mets a 7-6 lead.

Cabrera's home run, his eighth of the year, marked the fifth time this season that he hit a home run that either tied the game or gave the Mets the lead. He also has eight home runs in his 27 games against the Phillies since joining the Mets.

 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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Rivera's RBI double 00:00:56
After an RBI single from Jay Bruce, T.J. Rivera brings Bruce home with an RBI double to give the Mets a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Mets infielder T.J. Rivera picked up three more hits and two RBI during Thursday's 6-3 win against the Marlins in Miami.

Rivera, 28, has at least three hits in eight of 57 starts during his big-league career. He also has 11 multi-hit games this season, during which he's batting .303.

The Mets demoted Rivera to Triple-A when Yoenis Cespedes was activated from the disabled list June 11. However, he rejoined the team two days later when Asdrubal Cabrera went on the DL.

Tags: TJ Rivera, Matthew Cerrone
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/29 00:03:56
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 6-3 win over the Marlins.

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

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

1) Jay Bruce and T.J. Rivera combined for four RBIs in the first three innings as the Mets jumped out to a 5-0 lead off Marlins starter Jose Ureña. Jose Reyes added a sacrifice fly and Curtis Granderson, who scored twice, plated Matt Reynolds with a groundout in the seventh. Bruce singled and doubled, and Rivera notched his fifth game of three or more hits this season with a double and two singles.

2) Seth Lugo surrendered three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings to win for the third time in four starts. 

Tags: Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera
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New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infielder T.J. Rivera's third multi-hit game since the team recalled him from the minors earlier this week helped New York beat the Washington Nationals, 5-1, Sunday at Citi Field.

Rivera went 4-for-4 with three singles and a double, as he started for the fifth straight game since the Mets placed Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker on the disabled list.

"I just try to keep a positive mentality no matter what happens, whether it's being sent down or not playing that day," Rivera said, according to the New York Post's Howie Kussoy. "I'm always looking forward to an opportunity to play. It's not easier, but you get a little more comfortable in your at-bats ... the opportunity's nice, and I'm just trying to help contribute in any way possible."

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 (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)
(Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have placed Asdrubal Cabrera (left thumb sprain) on the 10-day DL and recalled INF T.J. Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Top SS prospect Amed Rosario was not in the conversation for a promotion, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

The 21-year-old Rosario is hitting .337 with a .379 OBP and .494 SLG with six HR, 14 doubles, four triples, 11 stolen bases, 40 runs, and 43 RBI in 62 games this season for Las Vegas

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, TJ Rivera
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New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets will conclude their series with the Braves on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET.

Seth Lugo will make his 2017 debut after recovering from a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. In 17 games for the Mets last season, Lugo went 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA.

Jaime Garcia (2-4, 3.21 ERA) will start for the Braves. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes
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May 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera (54) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera (54) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets optioned IF TJ Rivera and RHP Tyler Pill to Triple-A Las Vegas following the team's 8-1 win over the Braves on Saturday.

The moves were made in order to make room room for Yoenis Cespedes and Seth Lugo.

Rivera hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the eighth inning on Saturday night, while Pill pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Mets.

In 38 games for the Mets this season, Rivera is hitting .255 with two home runs. Pill is 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA in four games for the Mets this season.

Tags: Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes
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Alderson on frustrating season 00:03:36
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson discusses how he is coping with the team's current struggles with health and consistency.

The way Terry Collins has been handling the bullpen is frustrating some people in the team's front office, sources recently told NY Post reporter Joel Sherman.

Sherman's colleague, Mike Puma, was told by team sources that Sandy Alderson has specifically been irked by...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Matt Harvey, TJ Rivera
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Apr 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jose Reyes and TJ Rivera made their outfield debuts on Saturday night in the Mets' 11-4 loss to the Brewers.

Reyes, who did not start, entered the game in the sixth inning to play centerfield. He played one inning there before moving to shortstop to replace Asdrubal Cabrera, who left the game after re-aggravating his thumb.

Before Saturday's game, Rivera had started 13 games at first base, five games at third base, and one game at second base; Reyes had played 25 games at third base and 12 games at shortstop.

Tags: Jose Reyes, TJ Rivera
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Rene Rivera extends Mets' lead 00:01:00
Mets catcher Rene Rivera doubles to deep center field to drive in Jose Reyes and extend the Mets' lead over the Giants.

Mets infielder T.J. Rivera had three hits, including an RBI double and a run scored, during Tuesday night's 6-1 win against the Giants at Citi Field.

It was Rivera's third multi-hit game during the last week.

In 11 games since playing everyday in place of the injured Lucas Duda, Rivera is batting .381 with a .458 OBP, one home run, seven doubles and seven RBI.

Tags: Lucas Duda, TJ Rivera
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Conforto, Collins talk win 00:06:13
Zack Wheeler and Terry Collins break down Wheeler's start against San Francisco, while Michael Conforto discusses his two-hit game.

Zack Wheeler (2-2) gave up one run and two hits in six innings Tuesday against the Giants.

It was his second-longest outing of the season and the first time he pitched at least six innings and allowed three or fewer runs since Sept. 19, 2014.

"Very, very impressed," Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game. "I think he's taken another giant step forward. In his last start he only threw 50 pitches. So, I thought 95 was good enough for tonight. But, he could have certainly gone back out and given us another one."

Tags: Lucas Duda, TJ Rivera
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/9/17 00:03:26
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-1 win over the Giants.

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

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

1) Neil Walker's two-run triple -- played badly by Giants left-fielder Eduardo Nunez -- highlighted a four-run first inning for the Mets. Jose Reyes and Rene Rivera also had RBIs in the opening frame. 

2) T.J. Rivera had an RBI double and went 3-for-4. Michael Conforto doubled and hit a solo home run, his eighth of the year, and Rene Rivera finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.

3) Zack Wheeler allowed one run, two hits and four walks with four strikeouts in six innings to win his second game and first since April 12. He became the first Mets' starter to allow one run or fewer since April 18, a span of 17 games.

Tags: TJ Rivera, Zack Wheeler
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/5 00:04:14
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 8-7 comeback win over the Marlins on Friday night.

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

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

1) The Mets trailed 7-1 in the fourth and 7-3 in the seventh, but rallied for five runs on six hits and a walk. Rene Rivera, pinch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Conforto had RBI singles. T.J. Rivera followed with a game-tying two-run double. Jay Bruce and Neil Walker struck out with runners at second and third with nobody out but Wilmer Flores' bases-loaded walk forced in the go-ahead run.

2) After Josh Smoker allowed two runs in relief of Rafael MonteroFernando SalasHansel RoblesJerry BlevinsAddison Reed and Jeurys Familia held the Marlins scoreless over the last five innings.

 

Tags: Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/27 00:03:43
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 7-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

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

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

1) Yoenis Cespedes limped off the field in the fourth inning after injuring the same hamstring that kept him out for three games recently.

2) Matt Harvey looked great in the first inning and looked like a mess thereafter, as his command vanished and his fastball velocity dipped as low as 90 MPH. He limited the damage until the fifth, when he was done in by a three-run homer by Kurt Suzuki that ended his day...

Tags: Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

Yoenis Cespedes 

He has not played since exiting Thursday's game with a hamstring issue. He was on deck to pinch hit Sunday night, but did not get in to the game. Terry Collins said he's hopeful Cespedes will return to the lineup on Tuesday. If he again doesn't play, the Mets will have the option of back-dating a potential 10-day stint on the disabled list.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Lucas Duda, Sean Gilmartin, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Aug 26, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) watches a ball he hit go into the stand for a grand slam in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 26, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) watches a ball he hit go into the stand for a grand slam in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets have placed Wilmer Flores (knee infection) and Lucas Duda (hyperextended elbow) to the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Friday.

Flores, who spent Wednesday night in the hospital, will remain in the hospital throughout the weekend to receive IV fluids.

T.J. Rivera, who is in Friday night's lineup at third base, and Sean Gilmartin have been called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Sean Gilmartin, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have called up LH reliever Sean Gilmartin and optioned INF TJ Rivera to Triple-A Las Vegas.

During their 16-inning win over the Marlins on Thursday night, the Mets used every one of their relievers.

With the move, the Mets now have a four-man bench and eight relievers.

Tags: Sean Gilmartin, TJ Rivera
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Mar 29, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Sean Gilmartin (36) throws a pitch during the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 29, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Sean Gilmartin (36) throws a pitch during the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

 

Six pitchers combined to allow two runs on six hits as the Mets ended their Grapefruit League schedule with a 2-2 tie against the Braves on Wednesday afternoon at Champion Stadium in Kissimmee, FL.

For a full box score, click here.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Rafael Montero, Sean Gilmartin, Tim Tebow, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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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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Post Game Extra: 3/3/17 00:02:18
Gary Apple and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 11-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

The New York Mets scored 11 runs and recorded 17 hits in an 11-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday in Port St. Lucie, Florida.


  • The Mets scored four runs in the third inning and five in the fifth inning to take a 9-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce hit RBI singles before Lucas Duda hit a two-run double to make it 4-0. In the fifth inning, Neil Walker hit a two-run home run to make it 6-0. 
  • Noah Syndergaard struck out one batter in two scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut.
Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes
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Feb 28, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman T.J. Rivera (54) connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman T.J. Rivera (54) connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Reyes is expected to hit leadoff and fill in every day at third base for David Wright, who may not be ready to start the season due to shoulder stiffness >> Read more.

With Reyes at third and Wilmer Flores backing up shortstop, second base, and first base, Matt Reynolds and T.J. Rivera could be called upon again to join team's Opening Day bench.

"It's tough to not think about it, but it is something that I try to pop out of my head just because it will affect my game," Rivera recently said, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. "My goal is to work on and worry about the things I can control. All my career, I've never really had control of what's going to happen other than what I can do on the field."

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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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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.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera
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TJ Rivera: Bronx to Flushing 00:07:54
SNY profiles Mets infielder TJ Rivera, whose long road to the Majors finally ended in 2016.

TJ Rivera, who played 26 games at second base for the Mets down the stretch last season, hit .333 with a .345 OBP and .476 SLG, helping the Mets reach the National League Wild Card Game. 

However, he could be the odd man out on the infield since Neil Walker accepting the Mets' qualifying offer.

"I've thought about it a little bit, but I haven't really gotten down to thinking about what's going to happen in the future," Rivera said last month. "I'm kind of enjoying the moment right now."

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Jose of all trades 00:04:58
Steve Gelbs goes 1-on-1 with Jose Reyes to talk about how happy he is to have returned to the Mets this past season.

 

Jose Reyes should take note of how Joe Maddon used Ben Zorbist in 2016, because it's very much how Terry Collins will be using him next season...

Mets GM Sandy Alderson reportedly pushed hard for Zobrist last winter. However, Zobrist turned down more money from the Mets to sign with the Cubs, with whom he played 20 games at all three outfield positions last season, started more than 100 times at second base, hit from seven different spots in the batting order, played some first base and shortstop and picked up four at-bats as a pinch hitter.

Tags: Jose Reyes, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Matthew Cerrone
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TJ Rivera takes Atlanta's Aaron Blair deep with a two-run home run to left field in the fourth inning of Monday night's loss to the Braves.

With Neil Walker returning to the Mets after accepting the team's qualifying offer, T.J. Rivera could be the odd-man out in the infield to start 2017. 

Rivera, who played 26 games at second base for the Mets down the stretch last season, hit .333 with a .345 OBP and .476 SLG, helping the Mets reach the National League Wild Card Game. 

Tags: Neil Walker, TJ Rivera
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(Richard Mackson)

The Dodgers are open to trading IF/OF Howie Kendrickreports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports

Rosenthal notes that the Phillies have interest in Kendrick and says it isn't clear whether a deal is close.

Kendrick, 33, hit .255 with a .326 OBP and .366 SLG with eight HR and 40 RBI in 146 games, while getting starts at second base, third base, first base, and left field.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Neil Walker, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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