Wright on hitless rehab debut: 'I'll take it'

Mets captain goes 0-for-4 as DH for Class A Advanced St. Lucie on Tuesday

Wright on hitless rehab debut: 'I'll take it'

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- David Wright moved from basic baseball activities to an actual game on Tuesday.

The Mets' injury-plagued captain, who hasn't appeared in a game in over a year, went 0-for-4 as the designated hitter for the Class A Advanced St. Lucie Mets in their 6-3 loss to the Charlotte StoneCrabs in a Florida State League game at Charlotte Sports Park.

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Rosario homers, but Mets fall to D-backs

Rosario homers, but Mets fall to D-backs

NEW YORK -- A difficult August could be turning better for the D-backs, who followed Monday's extra-inning win with a 7-4 victory over the Mets on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

The D-backs arrived in town having not won consecutive games since Aug. 2-4, but after J.D. Martinez hit a three-run home run off Tommy Milone in the first inning, they held on for a second straight win over a Mets team depleted by injuries and trades. The Mets scored three runs in the ninth, but closer Fernando Rodney recorded the final out for his 29th save.

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Conforto sits with sore right thumb

X-rays negative; Outfielder expects to return to lineup Wednesday

Conforto sits with sore right thumb

NEW YORK -- Mets outfielder Michael Conforto was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the D-backs with a sore right thumb, an issue that has slightly nagged him for several days.

"It's just a little sore on my thumb," Conforto said. "Last night, I told the staff it was a little sore, went to go get some ice. It's not that bad. I played last night with it, hit fine. We just got in at the doctor as soon as we could just to be safe. Doctor said everything's OK, it's just the overuse, inflammation-type thing. So I guess they scratched me from today's lineup, but I felt fine to play."

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Conforto rides 'Scooter' for Players Weekend

Mets outfielder given nickname by teammates as a rookie

Conforto rides 'Scooter' for Players Weekend

It was shortly after Michael Conforto's big league callup in 2015 that a group of Mets pitchers took it upon themselves to determine what the rookie's nickname should be. Derivations of Conforto's name, such as Forto or Toe, were unacceptable. Hammer, one of Conforto's monikers as a youth, never gained serious traction.

"We were throwing around bad nicknames and were like, 'Scooter's a terrible one,'" teammate Jacob deGrom said. "So then we just started calling him Scooter."

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Flushing YMCA kids get lessons on wellness

PLAY campaign visits Citi Field; Blevins, Sewald answer questions

Flushing YMCA kids get lessons on wellness

NEW YORK -- Roughly seven hours before the Mets and D-backs took the field Tuesday at Citi Field, 48 members of the Flushing YMCA took the field as part of the national PLAY campaign, which partners with the training staff from all 30 MLB teams to raise awareness about children's health issues and the obesity epidemic in the United States.

For almost two hours, the participants were divided into groups and rotated through a series of stations, touching on everything from healthy eating, injury prevention and strength and conditioning. Tavis Piattoly of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, which teaches young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance-enhancing drugs, advised the youngsters to value nutrition instead of opting for a shortcut in steroids.

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In sixth career start, Flexen takes on D-backs

In sixth career start, Flexen takes on D-backs

The Mets and D-backs are both currently in a run of 20 consecutive games, the season-long stretch for each team.

The grind continues Wednesday, as the teams meet for the third of four games in New York. Chris Flexen will make his sixth career start for the Mets, while Zack Godley gets the nod for the D-backs.

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Matz to undergo left elbow surgery

Matz to undergo left elbow surgery

NEW YORK -- Starting pitcher Steven Matz has been diagnosed with irritation of the ulnar nerve in his left elbow, the Mets announced on Monday, and he will undergo surgery "to reposition the nerve and eliminate the irritation." The procedure has not yet been scheduled.

Matz, who underwent an MRI and CT scan on Monday, has struggled mightily this season since returning from left elbow issues that kept him out until June. The 26-year-old went 2-7 with a 6.08 ERA in 13 starts. His last time out on Thursday, the Yankees knocked him around, scoring seven runs (six earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Regardless, Matz refused to use the injury as an excuse while addressing reporters on Monday after the Mets' 3-2 extra-innings loss to the D-backs.

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Gsellman solid over 6 1/3, but Mets fall in extras

Gsellman solid over 6 1/3, but Mets fall in extras

NEW YORK -- The playoff-chasing D-backs came to Citi Field on Monday looking for signs their season would start heading in the right direction again.

David Peralta provided one, with a game-saving throw. A.J. Pollock provided another. His 10th-inning, two-run home run gave the D-backs a 3-2 extra-innings win over the Mets that helped them put a weekend sweep in Minnesota behind them.

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Cespedes robs Lamb of XBH with 5-star catch

Cespedes robs Lamb of XBH with 5-star catch

NEW YORK -- On Sunday, Mets manager Terry Collins called Yoenis Cespedes one of the best left fielders in the Majors. Cespedes backed up his skipper's claim with a sliding catch in the left-field corner to rob Jake Lamb of extra bases in the fifth inning of the Mets' 3-2 loss to the D-backs.

With the ball slicing toward foul territory, Cespedes got on his horse, then left his feet to come up with the catch to end the frame. According to Statcast™, Cespedes' catch probability on the play was just 16 percent, making it a five-star catch -- his sixth since Statcast™ started tracking and first since 2015. Entering Monday, Cespedes had gone 0-for-24 on four- or five-star catches.

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Harvey pitches 3 innings in third rehab start

Harvey pitches 3 innings in third rehab start

Matt Harvey continued to progress toward a return to the Mets' rotation with his third Minor League rehab outing on Monday.

Harvey started and pitched three innings for Double-A Binghamton in the Rumble Ponies' Eastern League matchup against New Hampshire at NYSEG Stadium. He gave up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and on walk. Harvey threw 53 pitches (31 strikes).

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Yo homers, but deGrom chased in 7th in loss

Yo homers, but deGrom chased in 7th in loss

NEW YORK -- The Mets couldn't avoid pitching to Giancarlo Stanton on Sunday afternoon, and the slugger made them pay. Stanton belted a three-run homer in the seventh inning off Jacob deGrom, as the Marlins held on for a 6-4 victory in the series finale at Citi Field.

Miami left-hander Adam Conley posted his first career double-digit strikeout game, fanning 11 in seven innings. Yoenis Cespedes homered in the first inning, but that was the only damage Conley encountered.

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Rosario's miscue costs deGrom, offers lesson

Rosario's miscue costs deGrom, offers lesson

NEW YORK -- Baseball has a way of inflicting growing pains on its young players, no matter how highly touted they may be. That much was apparent for Amed Rosario during the Mets' 6-4 loss to the Marlins on Sunday at Citi Field.

Rosario has played a solid shortstop, as expected, since being called up on Aug. 1 as the No. 2 overall prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com. But in the seventh inning, the 21-year-old's inexperience surfaced. With a runner on second and one out, Dee Gordon rolled a grounder toward short. Rosario fielded the ball, then pounded it into his glove before throwing to first, allowing the speedy Gordon to reach.

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Mets acquire prospect as player to be named

Rhame, top-30 prospect in Dodgers system, part of Granderson deal

Mets acquire prospect as player to be named

NEW YORK -- The Mets acquired Jacob Rhame from the Dodgers, the team announced on Sunday, as the player to be named later in the trade that sent Curtis Granderson to Los Angeles late Friday night. He will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Rhame was ranked No. 28 in the Dodgers' system, according to MLBPipeline.com. With Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, the 24-year-old went 0-2 with a 4.31 ERA and two saves in four opportunities. He struck out 55 batters over 48 innings spanning 41 appearances. The Dodgers selected Rhame in the sixth round of the 2013 Draft out of Grayson Community College (Texas).

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Montero turning corner by pounding strike zone

Montero turning corner by pounding strike zone

NEW YORK -- Rafael Montero stood in front of his locker dressed in a king-like robe and crown, the reward Mets players designate for the player of the game after wins.

Montero deserved this garb. He allowed one run over six innings in the Mets' 8-1 win over the Marlins on Saturday night at Citi Field, snapping a five-game skid for the home team.

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Young Mets thankful for Grandy's mentorship

Young Mets thankful for Grandy's mentorship

NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson's nameplate that hung above his locker in the corner of the Mets' room rested on a table about 20 feet outside the doors that led to the clubhouse. Granderson, who was traded to the postseason-bound Dodgers after the Mets' 3-1 loss to the Marlins on Friday, will not be walking through those doors anytime soon. His teammates know that, but Granderson's presence and impact, especially on the younger players, will still be felt.

In the minutes after learning Granderson had been dealt, Michael Conforto stood at his locker, clearly upset he was losing a close friend and mentor. But ever since Conforto reached the Majors in 2015, he watched how Granderson handled his business.

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Rivera claimed by Cubs; Mets recall Plawecki

Milone activated from DL, takes Granderson's spot on roster

Rivera claimed by Cubs; Mets recall Plawecki

NEW YORK -- Backup catcher Rene Rivera was awarded to the Cubs on a waiver claim on Saturday, ending his stint with the Mets that spanned the majority of two seasons. The Mets recalled catcher Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move.

Additionally, to replace recently traded outfielder Curtis Granderson on the 25-man roster, the Mets activated pitcher Tommy Milone from the disabled list. Milone had been on the DL retroactive to May 24 with a sprained left knee.

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7-run 6th, Montero's quality start snap skid

7-run 6th, Montero's quality start snap skid

NEW YORK -- Limited to just one run through the first 14 innings of the series, the Mets woke up in a big way with a seven-run sixth on Saturday night. Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki each belted two-run homers in the outburst, as the Mets defeated the Marlins, 8-1, at Citi Field.

New York snapped a five-game skid, in which the club scored just 15 runs and batted .204. Rafael Montero, who gave up one run in six innings, picked up his first home win since Sept. 10, 2014. The right-hander benefited by getting double-play ground balls in four straight frames.

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Mets deal Grandy to LA for player to be named

Mets deal Grandy to LA for player to be named

NEW YORK -- When the Mets signed Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million free agent deal in December 2013, the contract ushered in a new era for the Mets. The day the signing became official at MLB's Winter Meetings, the Mets crowed about their desire to start competing on an annual basis, with a rising payroll and so much bright, young pitching.

Though the Mets achieved their pennant aspirations in 2015, they faded out of contention early this season. As a result, their selloff of veteran assets continued late Friday, when the Mets traded Granderson and cash to the Dodgers for a player to be named later or a separate cash payment.

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Flexen's effort not enough in loss to Marlins

Flexen's effort not enough in loss to Marlins

NEW YORK -- The Mets were determined heading into this weekend's series with the Marlins not to let Giancarlo Stanton beat them.

J.T. Realmuto beat them instead.

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Familia to slowly make his way back to closer

Familia to slowly make his way back to closer

NEW YORK -- Within the next few days, Mets closer Jeurys Familia will return to the mound for a second Minor League rehab appearance. Familia, who underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his right shoulder in May, still needs to show the Mets he can throw at least 30 pitches in an inning before they will activate him. The organization plans to take his rehab slowly, likely stretching it into the final days of August.

Even once Familia returns, manager Terry Collins said Friday that the Mets are likely to ease him back into his old ninth-inning role. The Mets do not want Familia to overexert himself in late-game situations, preferring him to ramp his velocity back up earlier in games. The Mets are also intrigued by AJ Ramos, whose ERA in save situations this season is nearly two full runs lower than in non-save situations.

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Grandy's slam not enough in Subway defeat

Grandy's slam not enough in Subway defeat

NEW YORK -- Luis Severino bounced back from the worst start of his career while Gary Sanchez flexed his muscle by driving in five runs, helping the Yankees complete a four-game sweep of this year's Subway Series with a 7-5 victory over the Mets on Thursday evening at Citi Field.

One outing after being rocked for a career-high 10 runs (eight earned) by the Red Sox, Severino recaptured the form that has elevated him into the Yanks' ace this season, holding the Mets to an unearned run and four hits over 6 1/3 innings to pick up his fifth victory in six starts.

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Matz seeking answers to puzzling rough stretch

After loss to Yanks, Mets left-hander is 0-6 with a 10.19 ERA in last 8 starts

Matz seeking answers to puzzling rough stretch

NEW YORK -- Steven Matz has tried throwing multiple bullpen sessions between starts, as Jacob deGrom has done with great success. He has tried skipping bullpen sessions altogether. Matz has commissioned hitting coaches Kevin Long and Pat Roessler to examine whether he is tipping pitches. He has dabbled in new drills with pitching coach Dan Warthen.

None of it has worked. None of it has given Matz the answers to why he has struggled so mightily over the past month, allowing seven more runs -- six earned -- in 3 1/3 innings Thursday during a 7-5 defeat to the Yankees. Over his last eight starts, Matz is 0-6 with a 10.19 ERA. Following Thursday's loss, manager Terry Collins said he and his staff will discuss skipping Matz's next start.

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Reyes lands on DL with sore left rib cage

Mets recall infielders Cecchini, Reynolds, option reliever McGowan to Triple-A

Reyes lands on DL with sore left rib cage

NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes stood near his locker, as he has so many times throughout his career, discussing an injury that he hopes is only minor. Tweaking his left oblique Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, Reyes landed on the 10-day disabled list two days later with what the Mets called a "sore left rib cage." The team recalled infielders Gavin Cecchini and Matt Reynolds, also optioning reliever Kevin McGowan to Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move.

"I'm going to take like two days without doing anything, and we'll see what happens after that," Reyes said.

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Vientos homers, notches four hits in GCL

Vientos homers, notches four hits in GCL

If there was any doubt about whether Forrest Whitley was ready for the Double-A level, the teenage right-hander laid it to rest on Thursday by tossing six scoreless innings with a career-high 11 strikeouts in his debut for Corpus Christi.

Whitley, MLBPipeline.com's No. 40 overall prospect (Astros' No. 2), retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced in the outing. Seven of those outs came on strikeouts, as he struck out the side in the second and third innings and then once more in the fifth.

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Gsellman returns to hill, apologizes to Sandy

Mets righty had responded to GM's criticism with 'I don't really care' comment

Gsellman returns to hill, apologizes to Sandy

NEW YORK -- For the better part of a minute, Robert Gsellman trudged from the pitcher's mound to the dugout, twice glancing behind him to the open bullpen doors. Gsellman appeared agitated, distressed -- hardly the emotionless soul he purported to be just one night earlier, when Gsellman defied Mets general manager Sandy Alderson's concern over his poor results.

Asked Tuesday if he was aware Alderson said he needs to pitch better, Gsellman replied: "I don't really care." But before giving up three runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in the Mets' 5-3 Subway Series loss to the Yankees, Gsellman apologized to the GM for those words.

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Mets can't solve Yanks, drop third straight

Mets can't solve Yanks, drop third straight

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge awed his teammates with one of the most impressive home runs in Citi Field history and Didi Gregorius delivered a tiebreaking hit to lead the Yankees past the Mets, 5-3, in Subway Series action on Wednesday evening.

The rookie phenom immediately put his head down and began running the bases after his American League-leading 37th homer, a titanic fourth-inning blast off Robert Gsellman. Playing his first career game in Queens, Judge joined Yoenis Cespedes as the only players to reach the third deck in left field.

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d'Arnaud has interesting infield debut at 3B, 2B

Mets catcher dons Wright's glove in emergency, switches back and forth with Cabrera

d'Arnaud has interesting infield debut at 3B, 2B

NEW YORK -- One of the first things Travis d'Arnaud did upon learning he would play the infield on Wednesday was text David Wright, the Mets' longtime third baseman. d'Arnaud requested permission to use Wright's glove. A few beats later, the injured Wright texted back.

"Use it well," he wrote. "Dive for everything."

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Alderson: Wright wants to return this season

Mets GM says team won't ask captain to retire, but may have to look for a 3B in offseason

Alderson: Wright wants to return this season

NEW YORK -- With a little more than six weeks left in the regular season, the window for David Wright to return to the Mets shrinks by the day. When asked for specifics about Wright's timetable, the Mets typically demur, offering little more than vague assurances that he can still return.

For the entirety of this season, Wright has battled shoulder and back issues -- partly a function of the spinal stenosis condition he will have for the rest of his life, partly ongoing fallout from his surgery last summer to repair a herniated disk in his neck. Wright has not come close to seeing live game action, even in the Minors.

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Harvey goes 3 scoreless in 2nd rehab start

Harvey goes 3 scoreless in 2nd rehab start

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey's rise to the Majors was typical for a successful collegiate starting pitcher and seventh-overall pick. It never included a stop at Class A Short-Season Brooklyn, though. But on Wednesday night, Harvey found himself on the mound at MCU Park, the home of the Cyclones, for his second rehab start in his quest to return to the Majors following a stress injury to his right shoulder.

Harvey delivered 36 pitches (26 strikes) over three scoreless innings against the Aberdeen IronBirds, allowing one hit and no walks. He struck out the side on 10 pitches in the third inning. Before that, he induced three groundouts and two flyouts, while picking off a runner at second base to end the second.

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