Murphy returns from DL stint; Herrera optioned

NEW YORK -- The Mets' flagging offense received a boost on Tuesday, when the team activated infielder Daniel Murphy from the disabled list. The Mets optioned Dilson Herrera to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster.

Murphy, 30, was batting .283 with four home runs in 55 games prior to straining his left quad on June 4. He will start at third base until David Wright returns from the DL, with Wilmer Flores shifting to second and Ruben Tejada manning short.

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Mets gear up for crucial stretch of schedule

New York set to take on string of tough opponents in July

Mets gear up for crucial stretch of schedule

NEW YORK -- The Mets will hit the midway point of what could be a pivotal year in the franchise's trajectory this week, and manager Terry Collins isn't taking anything for granted. He knows his team cannot rest on what's been an up-and-down (but overall successful) first half.

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Richard Justice

Mets shouldn't give up future to compete now

Matz joins Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard as part of untouchable core

Mets shouldn't give up future to compete now

There you go, Mets fans. There's your future. Few teams have a brighter one. This is how championship teams are built.

Yes, the Mets need offense. Yes, this rebuilding thing has gone on long enough. But here's the good news.

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Niese, Mets welcome in Cubs for three-game series

Niese, Mets welcome in Cubs for three-game series

If Jon Niese's last four starts have indeed been auditions, then consider Tuesday his call-back. Niese will be front and center for the Cubs to see, opposing Kyle Hendricks as New York and Chicago start a three-game series at Citi Field.

Niese hasn't won since May 9, but has been more effective lately after posting a 5.67 ERA in May. That stretch of rough outings began in Chicago, where the Cubs swept a four-game set from the Mets earlier this year. Niese allowed six runs (four earned) in 6 1/3 innings in that loss. He's 0-2 but pitching to a 3.46 ERA in four June starts.

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Grandy #ASGWorthy lately, but is it enough?

Only Wright among top five in All-Star balloting for Mets, with voting ending Thursday

Grandy #ASGWorthy lately, but is it enough?

NEW YORK -- It may be too late for Steven Matz to make the All-Star team, and likely for any Mets position player as well. But the Mets should still have some worthy representative at the 2015 game, despite their struggles on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. Only injured third baseman David Wright, who has played eight games this season and will not return until the second half, cracked the top five at his position in the latest tally of voting released Monday by Major League Baseball.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.

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Steven Matz has a sandwich named after him

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Steven Matz has a sandwich named after him

Deli sandwiches are some of the finest food money can buy. They can serve as late-night snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, dessert, appetizers, finger foods, birthday cakes and clothing. There is probably no greater resource on Earth. 

And according to Newsday, a Long Island deli has named one after Mets pitching prospect Steve Matz.

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Aggressive Granderson earning his contract

Veteran outfielder's average exit velocity up nearly 3 mph since May 10

Aggressive Granderson earning his contract

Mets fans can be forgiven for constantly asking when their team is going to go out and get a hitter, because the offense -- currently 26th in run scoring at 3.58 per game -- has clearly not done its part to support the consistently excellent pitching, which is sixth at 3.73 runs allowed per game. Thanks to injuries to David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Travis d'Arnaud, and disappointing performances from most of the rest of the lineup, the only two consistently above-average hitters in Queens have been Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson.

It might be surprising to see Granderson referred to as "above average," considering that he's hit only 33 homers in his first year-and-a-half with the Mets after topping 41 in each of his final two fully healthy years with the Yankees, or that he's tied for just 111th in runs batted in with 27. (Nevermind that he's led off in 70 of 77 Mets games.) For the $60 million he's receiving over four years, many fans seem to have expected more.

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Matz's historic game helps Mets sweep Reds

Matz's historic game helps Mets sweep Reds

NEW YORK -- When he stepped into Citi Field around 8:40 a.m. on Sunday, Steven Matz had no way of knowing it would be almost eight hours before he would finally step to the mound in his debut. When he did, it was worth the wait.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Meet the Matz: Historic debut for Mets lefty

Four RBIs is most by pitcher, Mets rookie in MLB debut

Meet the Matz: Historic debut for Mets lefty

NEW YORK -- For hours, Steven Matz made Citi Field's clubhouse his home, arriving early Sunday morning with plenty of time to marvel at the "comfortable couches." Welcome to the big leagues; the idle hours are not so bad. It was not until he stepped to the mound in the late afternoon that jitters truly enveloped Matz, who fired his first 96-mph fastball to the brick behind home plate.

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Murphy's return means new infield alignment for Mets

Murphy's return means new infield alignment for Mets

NEW YORK -- A successful rehab stint has infielder Daniel Murphy set to rejoin the Mets after a three-and-a-half week absence, making Wilmer Flores' move to second base a reality.

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Lagares takes back homer with great catch

Lagares takes back homer with great catch

NEW YORK -- Maybe Juan Lagares wanted to play 13 innings.

Because of his home run-robbing catch in the eighth inning, eventually the Mets and Reds did. Lagares' leaping play took a homer away from Cininnati outfielder Jay Bruce and preserved a 1-1 tie before the Mets completed Saturday's suspended game with a 2-1 win on Sunday.

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Mets clinch series win with walk-off in 13 innings

Mets clinch series win with walk-off in 13 innings

NEW YORK -- For one team, completing a suspended game nearly 24 hours after it began was worth the wait. That proved to be the Mets, who took a 2-1 win over the Reds in 13 innings on a Lucas Duda chopper that could not be handled by first baseman Joey Votto. New York won the first two games of the series with a chance to sweep in the regularly scheduled Sunday game.

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Harvey getting his groove back on mound

Harvey getting his groove back on mound

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey had a feeling his day might be cut short, with a light drizzle falling from gray pregame skies and the forecast calling for more. In the end, it was, if only by a bit.

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Johan reportedly puts comeback on hold

Johan reportedly puts comeback on hold

Two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana has put a halt to his attempt to try to come back from injury and pitch again in the Major Leagues this season, according to ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.

Rubin cited sources as saying that Santana has been most recently dealing with a toe infection and believes he would not have enough time to work back to a Major League-ready level in time to compete in 2015.

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Grandy in midst of power surge at right time

Grandy in midst of power surge at right time

NEW YORK -- It seems Curtis Granderson home runs -- like berries, balloons and honey oats -- come in bunches. The right fielder's leadoff home run accounted for half of the Mets' hit and run output in Friday's 2-1 win over the Reds at Citi Field, once again providing a slight electric spike in what's recently been a flat-line offense.

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Syndergaard tops Cueto as Mets edge Reds

Syndergaard tops Cueto as Mets edge Reds

NEW YORK -- Back at Citi Field, where they have enjoyed a lopsided percentage of their success this season, the recently reeling Mets breezed to a second straight victory behind Noah Syndergaard's best game as a big leaguer. Syndergaard fired a career-high eight innings of one-run ball on Friday, Curtis Granderson hit his fourth homer in 17 at-bats and Lucas Duda drew a go-ahead bases-loaded walk to lead the Mets to a 2-1 win over the Reds.

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Reds have no answers for Syndergaard

Reds have no answers for Syndergaard

NEW YORK -- Given how impressive Jacob deGrom has been, and the weekly soap opera surrounding Matt Harvey, and the fact that Steven Matz will soon enter the building, Noah Syndergaard -- not so long ago the center of attention, an uber-prospect worth watching -- has recently shifted into the shadows.

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Alderson willing to spend if talent available

Alderson willing to spend if talent available

NEW YORK -- With five weeks until the non-waiver Trade Deadline, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson insisted Friday that he has been "aggressive" in pursuing potential deals to boost a sagging offense. Yet he cautioned that the market has yet to produce anything tempting enough for him to pull the trigger on a deal.

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Murphy nearing return; Wright's status TBD

Murphy nearing return; Wright's status TBD

NEW YORK -- While Daniel Murphy continues to progress in his rehab from a strained left quad, David Wright's situation remains "murky," according to general manager Sandy Alderson.

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Matz's arrival signals return to 6-man rotation

Matz's arrival signals return to 6-man rotation

NEW YORK -- In announcing top prospect Steven Matz's pending promotion on Friday, the Mets officially moved back to the six-man rotation that they used and abandoned once already this season.

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Confident deGrom continues to spin gems

Improves to 5-1 with 1.23 ERA over last eight starts

Confident deGrom continues to spin gems

MILWAUKEE -- When All-Star Game festivities begin next month, Jacob deGrom and Jeurys Familia -- the two pitchers who combined on the Mets' 2-0 shutout of the Brewers on Thursday, snapping their season-high seven game losing streak on the last day of a nightmare eight-game road trip -- will almost certainly be there. Matt Harvey might not be, which is more a testament to just how good deGrom has been.

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deGrom's 8 shutout frames end Mets' slide

deGrom's 8 shutout frames end Mets' slide

MILWAUKEE -- Jacob deGrom blanked the Brewers for eight innings Thursday in the Mets' 2-0 win at Miller Park, snapping New York's seven-game losing streak and denying Milwaukee's bid for its first series sweep.

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Move to second on the table for Flores

Shortstop could move once Murphy returns to third base

Move to second on the table for Flores

MILWAUKEE -- In what manager Terry Collins insisted is not "a major shakeup," the Mets are discussing moving Wilmer Flores from shortstop to second base when Daniel Murphy returns from the disabled list -- likely this weekend. The swap would remove Flores from a position where he has committed 10 errors in 66 games, his -5 Defensive Runs Saved ranking second-to-last among National League shortstops.

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Jonathan Mayo

What to expect: Steven Matz

Young lefty could work way into permanent rotation spot

What to expect: Steven Matz

When Noah Syndergaard was called up to help the Mets' rotation in May, the question that soon followed was, "When will Steven Matz get a shot?"

The answer, it seems, is this weekend, as Matz is expected to join New York's rotation when the Mets return to some version of a six-man rotation, a plan they scrapped when Dillon Gee was designated for assignment not long ago.

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Collins ejected in 4th inning arguing out at 2B

Having already lost challenge, no recourse available on close call

Collins ejected in 4th inning arguing out at 2B

MILWAUKEE -- The frustrations of a seven-game losing streak finally boiled over into an ejection for Mets manager Terry Collins, during Thursday's streak-snapping 2-0 victory over the Brewers.

Two innings after Collins unsuccessfully challenged a play at the plate in the second inning, second-base umpire Larry Vanover ejected him for arguing a stolen-base call that he could not challenge. Because Collins lost his challenge on the second-inning call, he was unable to use another on Vanover's fourth-inning ruling that replays showed to be incorrect.

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Conforto, Nimmo to play in Futures Game

Mets' young outfielders named to U.S. Team

Conforto, Nimmo to play in Futures Game

MILWAUKEE -- Barely a year removed from college, Michael Conforto's first full Minor League season has already included an aggressive Spring Training assignment to Class A St. Lucie, a midseason promotion to Double-A Binghamton and a growing chorus of fans who want him in the Majors now.

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Pregame meeting does little to spur Mets

Seven-game losing streak drops club under .500

Pregame meeting does little to spur Mets

MILWAUKEE -- Whatever fire and brimstone manager Terry Collins tried to instill in the Mets before Wednesday's game did not take. Whatever message he delivered did not translate into hits, runs or newfound defensive wizardry. Whatever Collins hoped to accomplish with a rare team meeting in the Miller Park visitor's clubhouse, he could not.

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