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Travis d'Arnaud (18) plays third base at Citi Field. Credit. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Travis d'Arnaud (18) plays third base at Citi Field. Credit. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Travis d'Arnaud and Asdrubal Cabrera rotated between playing third base and second base Wednesday because Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores were unavailable due to left rib injuries.

D'Arnaud, who had never started a game at either position, texted David Wright prior to the game to get permission to use his third basemen's glove.

"Use it well," Wright replied "Dive for everything."

In situations when a right-handed batter was at the plate, Terry Collins put D'Arnaud at second base, while Cabrera played third, where a ground ball was more likely to be hit. Then, when a left-handed batter stepped to the plate, the two infielders switched positions, again so Cabrera could be at second where he was more likely to get a ground ball.

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

Travis d'Arnaud will bat fifth and play third base for the Mets on Wednesday night against the Yankees. 

 

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Former top-100 prospect Travis d'Arnaud has been an enigma for the Mets, showing flashes of offensive prowess while struggling to stay on the field. As the Mets look ahead to an offseason of question marks, he is working diligently to prove he isn't one of them.

D'Arnaud's biggest strike against him has been an inability to stay healthy. And while he has not avoided the disabled list completely, his three-week stint in May is a minor blip compared to the long stretches of missed time in prior years. While many of his injuries have been considered "freak," he still shows a tendency towards bone injuries beyond what would be expected of someone at his position.

The persistence of his lost time has suggested there's something more than bad luck in play, but this season has arguably been a step in the right direction...

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d'Arnaud's early home run 00:00:55
Travis d'Arnaud smacks a solo home run to left field for his first home run of the 2017 season at Citi Field, pushing the Mets' lead to 3-0.

Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud hit a two-run home run Tuesday, his first since June 27 and his first at Citi Field this season.

In 74 games this season, d'Arnaud has 10 home runs, a .726 OPS and 0.7 WAR, which is 17th among NL catchers, according to FanGraphs.com.

"He's really stayed with his mechanics,'' hitting coach Kevin Long recently told Kernan. "I feel like he has done a really good job of staying more consistent. We stay on him every day about doing the exact same thing."

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Terry Collins talks with Sandy Alderson at Citi Field. (Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE)
Terry Collins talks with Sandy Alderson at Citi Field. (Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE)

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

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

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

Tags: David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 7/22 00:03:57
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-5 win over the Oakland Athletics.

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

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

1) Down 5-0, the Mets scored four runs in the sixth, tied the game in the eighth, and walked off in the ninth. Jay Bruce put the Mets on the board with a two-run homer in the sixth, Lucas Duda hit a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning to tie the game at 5-5, and Wilmer Flores completed the rally with a walk-off home run in the ninth.

2) Jose Reyes went 2-for-4 with two triples, Travis d'Arnaud went 3-for-3 with an RBI, and Michael Conforto had two hits and an RBI. 

3) Zack Wheeler allowed a home run to the first batter he faced and never recovered. He allowed five runs on seven hits --- including two home runs -- and walked four batters in five innings.  Josh SmokerJosh Edgin, and Hansel Robles combined to pitch four scoreless innings in relief to prevent the Athletics from doing any further damage. Robles earned his sixth win of the year.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 7/15 00:02:57
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 9-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.

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

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

1) Jay Bruce put the Mets on the board in the first inning with a three-run homer, the first of three home runs on the night for New York. Seth Lugo hit his first career home run in the third inning and Jose Reyes added a solo shot in the eighth inning to extend the Mets' lead to 9-3. Lucas Duda had a double and two RBIs, Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with an RBI, and T.J. Rivera added a hit and RBI for the Mets.

2) Lugo allowed three runs on seven hits in six and 2/3 innings to earn his fourth win of the season. He held the Rockies scoreless for the first five innings before allowing a pair of runs in the sixth and another in the seventh. Paul SewaldJerry Blevins, and Addison Reed were perfect in relief.

3) Yoenis Cespedes left the game in the sixth inning after sliding awkwardly on a ball hit to the outfield. 

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) looks on from the dugout after losing to the Miami Marlins 4-2 at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) looks on from the dugout after losing to the Miami Marlins 4-2 at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets hired Glenn Sherlock to be their third base coach in November, hoping his expertise as a catching instructor would help Travis d'Arnaud behind the plate. And, the organization's theory continued, if d'Arnaud's defense improved, it would lift a burden and clear his head for better production at the plate.

Instead, d'Arnaud has thrown out a career-low 15.4 percent of would-be base stealers this season (4 of 26) -- even if the pitching staff shares in that responsibility. And his batting average currently sits at .226 with a .288 OBP, nine home runs and 26 RBI.

As a result, the 28-year-old d'Arnaud's tenure with the Mets very much is at a crossroads. And Sandy Alderson will have to determine next winter whether it is time to move on from a signature piece acquired with Noah Syndergaard from the Blue Jays in the trade for R.A. Dickey in December 2012.

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Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Travis d'Arnaud has been activated off the disabled list after pitcher Tommy Milone landed on the DL with a sprained left knee, the team announced Wednesday. 

D'Arnaud, who had been dealing with a bone bruise, went 0-for-4 and caught nine innings for Triple-A Las Vegas during his rehab assignment on Tuesday night.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

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

  1. Lucas Duda: 450 feet on April 11 against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
  2. Travis d'Arnaud: 449 feet on April 29 against the Nationals at Nationals Park...
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Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Rene Rivera will continue to see playing time when Travis d'Arnaud returns from the disabled list, Mets manager Terry Collins said.

D'Arnaud continued his rehab assignment on Saturday when he made a pinch-hit appearance triple-A Las Vegas, and he is scheduled to catch a full game for the 51's on Sunday.

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Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets C Travis d'Arnaud, who has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5 due to a bone bruise in his right wrist, will begin rehabbing the injury on Thursday in Florida, reports Kristie Ackert of the Daily News.

D'Arnaud has been doing receiving drills and will start hitting soon.

When d'Arnaud was placed on the DL, Mets manager Terry Collins said he was expected to miss more than 10 days.

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 (Nick Wass/AP)
(Nick Wass/AP)

Mets C Travis d'Arnaud has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a bone bruise in his right wrist, manager Terry Collins said Friday.

The plan is for d'Arnaud to rest for a week before resuming baseball activity.

D'Arnaud left Tuesday's game against the Braves due to the wrist -- the same wrist that recently kept him out of the starting lineup for four games -- and saw a doctor in Atlanta on Thursday.

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Collins on Granderson, injuries 00:02:27
Mets manager Terry Collins discusses the decision to give Curtis Granderson a night off and also gives an update on injuries.

The Mets (11-15) will play the third game of a four-game series Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves (11-14) tonight at SunTrust Park.

Jacob deGrom (1-1, 2.84 ERA, 1.168 WHIP) will start for the Mets. He's coming off three strong starts, during which he's struck out 35 batters.

Bartolo Colon (1-2, 5.59 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) will start for the Braves. He has allowed at least four runs during three of his last four starts.

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 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)

Maybe the decision was not that controversial given Jeurys Familia's struggles since returning from suspension. Still, Terry Collins exposed himself to the potential for serious second-guessing when, clinging to a two-run lead with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning on Friday night, he pulled his closer and inserted Josh Edgin to face Bryce Harper.

Edgin then coaxed a game-ending 1-2-3 double play and the Mets survived for a desperately needed 7-5 win at Washington to snap a six-game losing streak.

"The way things have been going, that's a big weight off our shoulders," Collins acknowledged postgame. "… Once in a while you have to make a decision. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don't."

Collins indicated that the Mets' skid played big factor in his decision to lift Familia, even though Harper was 1-for-10 in his career against the closer. This is no time to passively manage and let players work out of funks.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/28 00:03:59
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 7-5 win over the Nationals to snap a six-game losing streak.

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

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

1) Josh Edgin got Bryce Harper to ground into a 1-2-3 double play to end the game. Jeurys Familia had loaded the bases with nobody out and struck out Trea Turner before Terry Collins took him out of the game.

2) Travis d'Arnaud homered twice off Max Scherzer and drove in a career-high five runs. After homering in the second to give the Mets a 2-0 lead, d'Arnaud blasted a three-run shot in the fourth to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead.

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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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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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New York Mets manager Terry Collins visits starting pitcher Jacob deGrom after loading the bases during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins visits starting pitcher Jacob deGrom after loading the bases during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are off on Monday and begin a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Robert Gsellman (0-1, 5.09 ERA) will face Julio Teheran (1-1, 3.52 ERA) in the opener.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Washington Nationals, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Mets are targeting a Tuesday return for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, manager Terry Collins told reporters before Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals.

Cespedes, who is not in Sunday's lineup and missed games on Friday and Saturday due to a hamstring injury, took indoor batting practice and is available to pinch hit, according to Collins.

Collins said Cespedes told him he felt "a lot better" on Sunday since leaving Thursday's game in the fifth inning, but added he wanted to be cautious after Cespedes came back too early from a quadriceps injury last August and missed 14 games.

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Apr 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) singles to center allowing a runner to score during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) singles to center allowing a runner to score during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

An injury-plagued Mets offense continued to struggle in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Nationals, stringing together just two hits on the day.

The Mets were held hitless until Juan Lagares' single in the sixth inning, which set up Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI single to put the Mets on the board. Cabrera's hit was the second and final one of the game for the Mets, who have dropped three straight and seven of their last eight after a five-game winning streak.

The Mets have only been able to score more than four runs one time in their last eight games, during which several players have been sidelined.

The Mets played without Yoenis CespedesWilmer FloresLucas Duda, and for the most part, Travis d'Arnaud. Cespedes missed a second straight game after departing Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, while Flores and Duda were both placed on the disabled list. D'Arnaud, dealing with a sore wrist, was not in the lineup on Saturday but pinch hit in the ninth.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Travis d'Arnaud catches at Chase Field (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Travis d'Arnaud catches at Chase Field (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who left Wednesday's game against the Phillies due to a right wrist contusion, was scratched from Friday night's lineup after having trouble throwing before the game, manager Terry Collins said.

Rene Rivera is starting in d'Arnaud's place on Friday night.

D'Arnaud hit his throwing hand on Aaron Altherr's bat when trying to throw out Cesar Hernandez at second base on a steal attempt. He remained in the game until the sixth but was replaced by Rene Rivera in the seventh. 

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d'Arnaud's homer in the 16th 00:00:46
Travis d'Arnaud hits a solo home run in the top of the 16th inning to give the Mets the lead and, soon after, the win.

The Mets offense overcame a shaky start from Robert Gsellman to score nine runs off Marlins pitching in Thursday's extra-inning win in Miami.

Travis d'Arnaud had three hits and three RBI; Yoenis Cespedes and Wilmer Flores both homered, with Cespedes going deep twice; Jay Bruce had three hits; and Michael Conforto had a pinch-hit RBI double to tie the game in the eighth inning.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Collins, d'Arnaud, Smoker on win 00:05:33
Manager Terry Collins, catcher Travis d'Arnaud, and pitcher Josh Smoker discuss the grit it took to pull off the Mets' epic 16-inning win.

Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 0.69 ERA) and the Mets will play the second game of a four-game series with the Marlins tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Syndergaard gave up one earned run and struck out nine in seven innings against the Marlins on April 9. He has only given up one run in two starts this season.

Adam Conley (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will start for the Marlins. Conley gave up only one hit -- a home run -- and struck out six in five innings against the Mets on April 8.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/13 00:03:56
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez and break down the Mets' 9-8 win in 16 innings over the Marlins.

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

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

1) Travis d'Arnaud hit a go-ahead homer leading off the 16th inning off the Marlins' scheduled starter for Friday, Adam Conley. He had a bases-loaded triple in the second and tied his career high with four hits and four RBIs.

2) The Mets trailed 4-0 in the first, rallied for seven unanswered runs and then fell behind 8-7 after five innings. Michael Conforto's pinch-hit double in the eighth tied the game, 8-8.

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cespedes' second homer 00:01:16
Yoenis Cespedes goes yard for the second time against the Phillies on Tuesday night.

Yoenis Cespedes hit his second, third, and fourth home runs of the season on Tuesday night during the team's 14-4 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Cespedes, who also hit a double, went 4-for-5 on the night and had five RBI.

He is he 13th player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game, and the first player in team history to have four extra-base hits in a game.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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d'Arnaud's two-run double 00:00:41
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud cracks a two-run double into the left center field gap to give the Mets a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning.

Mets C Travis d'Arnaud came up with a clutch, two-RBI double in the fifth inning last night to give the Mets the lead in a 6-2 win over the Braves.

Following the game, d'Arnaud was given a silver and blue bedazzled crown, this season's version of the championship belt, as he had earned player of the game.

"It was nice to be able to contribute to a win and finish with the crown on my head," d'Arnaud told Brian Costello of the New York Post. "Other people started using the belt. We're trying to be original."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:06
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-2 win over the Braves.

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

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

1) Harvey enjoyed a successful return to the mound in his first start since undergoing surgery last July. He allowed a pair of solo homers to Matt Kemp but just one other hit in 6 2/3 innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out four.  

2) Flores' homer to left gave the Mets a 4-1 lead.

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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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The Mets have sent C Kevin Plawecki to minor league camp, manager Terry Collins said Tuesday.

The team is expected to carry catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Rene Rivera on the Opening Day roster.

Plawecki, 26, hit .197 with a .298 OBP and .265 SLG with one HR and 11 RBI in 48 games with the Mets last season...

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Running wild on Syndergaard 00:05:11
Jon Hein and Dan Graca ask if the Mets ought to scrap the Syndergaard/d'Arnaud combo, since runners are swiping bases with impunity.

The Astros stole four bases Friday with Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard on the mound and Travis d'Arnaud behind the plate.

Astros center fielder Derek Fisher, who averaged a stolen base every three games during his minor-league career, swiped three bags against Syndergaard and d'Arnaud...

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Post Game Extra: Mets lose 00:02:45
Gary Apple and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 2-0 loss to the Houston Astros.

Noah Syndergaard allowed one run in six innings as the Mets lost to the Astros, 2-0, on Friday afternoon at First Data Field in St. Lucie.

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

Three things you should know about today's game...

1) Syndergaard was largely dominant, striking out five batters while allowing four hits and walking none. His ERA for the spring is 2.63. 

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Travid d'Arnaud throwing issues 00:03:42
The guys from Mets Talk Live discuss Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud and his struggles with throwing out base runners.

With a left-handed batter in the box Sunday, Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud sailed a ball in to left field while intending to throw out Dee Gordon attempting to steal third base.

The error resulted in a renewed discussion in print, on Twitter and on air about d'Arnaud's arm strength and accuracy, which is something he says he's been working to improve this spring.

In 2016, d'Arnaud caught just 22 percent of runners attempting to steal a base against the Mets. This spring, seven of eight runners have successfully stolen a base with him behind the plate...

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Piazza optimistic for 2017 Mets 00:00:52
Mike Piazza speaks with the media about the Mets chances in 2017 from Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Mike Piazza joined the Mets on Tuesday in St. Lucie where he talked with reporters and said he's excited about what's in store for the organization in 2017...

"I think they have some real positives, and they know how to win now," he explained. "The way they came back in the last month last year, it's exciting to watch. Hopefully they'll get off to a better start and put themselves in a good position for the postseason again."

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Mar 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Noah Syndergaard, who is still dealing with the flu, was sent home early on Thursday by Mets manager Terry Collins, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Syndergaard allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings on Wednesday.

Along with Syndergaard, Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud have been dealing with a virus this week...

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Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)

OF Michael Conforto: He's batting .421 with two HR, as well as six strikeouts, through 22 at-bats during eight games for the Mets this spring. He's looked outstanding at the plate. He's back to being comfortable, smooth and handling left-handed pitching like a veteran.

I still have no idea how this is going to play out for him, though. I can see a scenario where he hits .400 and crushes the ball all spring, yet, because Jay Bruce is still on the roster, Conforto starts 2017 in Triple-A. The thing is, I have no idea how the Mets will justify this move, especially if he keeps showing he's their best option in right field...

Tags: Gavin Cecchini, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 28, 2017; Travis d'Arnaud (18) connects for a solo home run at Roger Dean Stadium. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2017; Travis d'Arnaud (18) connects for a solo home run at Roger Dean Stadium. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mets C Travis d'Arnaud hit his second home run of the spring during Monday's 8-2 win against the Marlins in Jupiter, Fla.

Throughout his career, d'Arnaud's swing had included a pronounced wrapping of his bat over his helmet, which would make his swing too long, hitting coach Kevin Long explained to the NY Post in February. By eliminating the 'bat wrap,' Long believes d'Arnaud will regain his quickness and consistency at the plate.

In 20 at-bats this spring, d'Arnaud is hitting .450 and has four RBI.

"We set out for him to do one thing, and that's to repeat his swing," Long said Monday, according to Newsday's Marc Carig. "He's done exactly that. ... So, hopefully we can keep him in that lane and - if he does that - we know what he can do."

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GEICO SportsNite: Matz's start 00:01:14
Steven Matz coasted through two innings against the Miami Marlins in his first taste of spring ball.

The Mets beat the Marlins, 8-2, on Monday in Jupiter.


  • LHP Steven Matz made his first appearance since August of 2016, tossing two scoreless innings while allowing three hits, walking none and striking out one.
  • Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with a home run -- his second of the spring.
  • Juan Lagares led off and played center field, and went 1-for-2 at the plate...
Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud
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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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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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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

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

  • The Mets will send outfielders Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto, infielder Wilmer Flores, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud to their Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox on Friday. 
  • The hope is that David Wright will serve as designated hitter on Saturday.
Tags: David Wright, Josh Edgin, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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d'Arnaud on his expectations 00:02:41
Travis d'Arnaud joins Mets Hot Stove to discuss his expectations for himself behind the plate and at bat this season.

Glenn Sherlock may have been hired this past offseason to be the entire team's catching instructor, but he was clearly tasked with planting himself in Travis d'Arnaud's back pocket.

In the week that I've been here, I've only seen d'Arnaud out of ear shot from Sherlock once or twice, and it was walking from one field to another where Sherlock eventually ended up anyway...

Tags: Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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Alderson on d'Arnaud, Conforto 00:04:32
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson dishes on some hot topics including expectations for Travis d'Arnaud and Michael Conforto.

With the return of Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce to New York's outfield this season, along with the presence of Curtis Granderson, 23-year old Michael Conforto has seemingly lost his spot in the starting lineup.

But Mets general manager Sandy Alderson does not believe it will discourage him from coming in and having a strong spring training, something that would make the decision about the outfield significantly more difficult for the GM.

"Well I think the important thing for Michael is to have a good spring, regardless of what happens at the end," Alderson told SNY's Gary Apple. "One of the things we focus on around here is process and not results. So I think Michael is committed to having a good spring, and you know, the way things are configured now, make it tough on us."

While Conforto will be attempting to prove to Alderson he belongs in the starting lineup this spring, he is not the only Met looking to show management of improvements made since last season...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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(The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports)

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

  • Wednesday was the best Collins has seen RHP Zack Wheeler throw since his Tommy John surgery. Wheeler could get in to a Grapefruit League game on March 8.
  • Collins thinks RHP Noah Syndergaard is doing the right thing by not pitching in the upcoming World Baseball Classic...
Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 21 00:02:35
MetsBlog's Matt Cerrone and SNY Mets analyst Nelson Figueroa discuss the day's events at Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The Mets continued workouts at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday...


The dynamic between David Wright and Jose Reyes has changed, as has their role on the Mets >> Read more

Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes, and Asdrubal Cabrera have been spending lots of time together at camp >> Read more...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. Here's what we learned...

  • 3B David Wright will likely serve as a designated hitter initially during Grapefruit League games.
  • If RHP Jeurys Familia is suspended for his domestic violence incident, Collins is not worried about him keeping himself in shape during the time away from the team.
  • OF Jay Bruce will not take fly balls in center field during Spring Training.
  • The Mets have seen the potential of C Travis d'Arnaud, who is "extremely dangerous" when he's swigning well. "Everybody is allowed to have a bad year," Collins said about d'Arnaud's performance in 2016...
Tags: David Wright, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Rafael Montero, Travis d'Arnaud
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 (Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)
(Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)

Free agent C Matt Wieters is close to signing what will likely be a two-year deal with the Nationals that contains an opt-out after the first year, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The deal will be worth $21 million, with $10 million paid in 2017, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Wieters, 30, hit .243 with a .302 OBP and .409 SLG with 17 HR and 66 RBI in 124 games last season for the Orioles.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 17 00:02:24
SNY's Steve Gelbs and John Harper of the NY Daily News cover Mets camp, including close looks at Travis d'Arnaud and Jose Reyes.

David Wright is tentatively scheduled to play catch on Sunday for the first time since having season-ending neck surgery last June, manager Terry Collins said >> Read more!

Jeurys Familia left camp on Friday to deal with a personal matter and is expected back Saturday.

Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario and 1B prospect Dominic Smith took batting practice together >> See pictures and read more here!

MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone followed Jose Reyes, who looks like he never left the Mets for Miami >> See pictures and read more here!

Tags: Jose Reyes, Travis d'Arnaud
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Terry Collins (10) in the dugout before the start of a game. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports
Terry Collins (10) in the dugout before the start of a game. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports

 

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

Tags: David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Feb 14, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) talks with Collins (10) during workouts at Tradition Field. Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) talks with Collins (10) during workouts at Tradition Field. Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

1) Travis d'Arnaud has a lot on shoulders as he works to improve his health, swing and throwing from behind the plate. "But, he's up for it," he knows he had a bad year in 2016 and he believes he can be better than that...

2) Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed have been told to approach spring training the same way they did last year, with Familia slotted as the closer and Reed as the team's set-up man, despite reports that Familia could be suspended to start the season...

3) David Wright is expected to start throwing a baseball later this week. There will be some activities this spring that Wright takes part in and some that he will not >> Read more.

4) Jay Bruce will get some time practicing at first base, mostly as a hedge against the potential of losing Lucas Duda's power to an injury during the season >> Read more

Tags: David Wright, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Travis d'Arnaud, Willie Reed
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