Syndergaard exits with possible lat strain

Syndergaard exits with possible lat strain

WASHINGTON -- Three days after the Mets scratched his last start because of right biceps discomfort, Noah Syndergaard departed Sunday's outing against the Nationals in the second inning with what the team called a possible lat strain. Syndergaard appeared to grab the area under his right arm after throwing a pitch to Bryce Harper with one out in the second.

As Syndergaard grimaced in pain, Mets manager Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez approached him on the mound. He departed shortly thereafter, giving way to reliever Sean Gilmartin.

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Duda has setback in return from elbow injury

Duda has setback in return from elbow injury

WASHINGTON -- First baseman Lucas Duda has experienced a setback in his return from a hyperextended left elbow, dousing the Mets' hopes for him to come off the disabled list Monday when eligible.

Duda is experiencing "slight elbow discomfort on full extension," according to a team spokesman. As a result, he rested Saturday and Sunday, after going 1-for-3 in his Minor League rehab debut Friday night for Class A St. Lucie. The Mets did not offer a timetable for Duda to resume his rehab assignment.

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Conforto's two HRs power Mets past Nats

Conforto's two HRs power Mets past Nats

WASHINGTON -- As the Mets have endured a number of injuries during the past few weeks, Michael Conforto has benefited with increased playing time, especially in left field while Yoenis Cespedes is on the disabled list.

Conforto hammered a pair of homers Saturday afternoon for his first career multihomer game to lift the Mets to a 5-3 victory over the Nationals at Nationals Park. Conforto struck first in the fifth inning off Stephen Strasburg to put the Mets ahead, 3-1, and then provided insurance with a solo homer in the eighth off left-hander Enny Romero.

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Familia territory: Closer picks up first save

After getting pulled Friday night, righty hurls 1-2-3 ninth

Familia territory: Closer picks up first save

WASHINGTON -- Hours after Jeurys Familia trudged off the mound with a game on the line, his boss untrusting of his ability to escape a bases-loaded jam against the Nationals, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson offered a scathing review of Familia's early-season performance.

"As of right now, do we have a closer?" Alderson asked. "You tell me."

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Rosario hits first Triple-A homer in big game

Rosario hits first Triple-A homer in big game

Gleyber Torres was 0-for-3 in his return from the disabled list on Friday, but the Yankees' top prospect promptly knocked off the rust and put his entire skillset on display Saturday.

Torres, the No. 2 overall prospect, led Double-A Trenton to a 7-4 win over Erie by going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, a stolen base and four RBIs.

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Reed catches homer while warming up

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Reed catches homer while warming up

When a homer has been hit and the ball is flying over the outfield fence, a few different things can happen. The ball can land in the stands, giving a lucky fan a chance at a souvenir. In some ballparks, the ball comes crashing down to earth in the bullpen, exciting nearby police officers.

Pitchers, of course, may be warming up in the bullpen or idling around in the general area when a homer heads their way. Sometimes, it leads to a great catch. Other times, well, it ... doesn't.

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deGrom K's 12 as Mets end skid in DC thriller

deGrom K's 12 as Mets end skid in DC thriller

WASHINGTON -- As the Nationals soared to baseball's best record this week, the Mets were hobbled by a plethora of injuries and inconsistent play, leading to a 7 1/2-game gap between the two teams in the standings as this three-game series began Friday night at Nationals Park.

But the dominant effort from Jacob deGrom and a career night from Travis d'Arnaud at the plate halted the Mets' losing streak at six in a thrilling 7-5 victory over the Nationals, staving off a late Nationals rally that included Nats center fielder Adam Eaton leaving the game with a leg injury in the ninth inning and landing him on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

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Edgin of your seat: Terry bets on lefty vs. Bryce

Collins calls on southpaw to replace Familia in 9th with game on line

Edgin of your seat: Terry bets on lefty vs. Bryce

WASHINGTON -- Mets manager Terry Collins has been around these parts long enough. He has won his share of games. He has lost even more. He understands as well as anyone what would have happened had his decision gone awry, had Bryce Harper cracked a Josh Edgin slider into the night toward Capitol Hill.

"It's New York," Collins said late Friday night, as if that explained everything in the world.

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Lindsay stays hot with another homer

Lindsay stays hot with another homer

Francisco Mejia has already piled up plenty of hits for Double-A Akron this season, but it wasn't until Friday night that the Indians' No. 2 prospect entered the home run column, connecting on a solo shot in the ninth inning of the RubberDucks' 6-1 win over Bowie. Mejia, ranked 36th on MLBPipeline.com's list of the Top 100 Prospects, collected three hits in a game for the first time this season, finishing 3-for-5 with a pair of singles in addition to the home run.

The 20-year-old catcher, who had his season-opening 13-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday, is batting .355/.391/.548 through 20 games this season in his first Double-A exposure.

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d'Arnaud sparks Mets with career night

Catcher sets personal marks with 2 HRs, 5 RBIs to help Amazins end 6-game skid

d'Arnaud sparks Mets with career night

WASHINGTON -- For most of the past two weeks, the Mets' clubhouse crown, a nightly gift to their player of the game, has sat unused at the bottom of an empty locker. In losing six straight games and 10 of 11, the Mets had no use for their team-bonding emblem.

That changed Friday, when Travis d'Arnaud stood in front of his locker with the blue-jeweled crown atop his head. In hitting two home runs in a 7-5 win over the Nationals, d'Arnaud helped ensure that the Mets would have enough offense to see them through the game's late-inning dramatics.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cespedes placed on DL with pulled hamstring

Cespedes placed on DL with pulled hamstring

NEW YORK -- The enduring image of Thursday's 7-5 Mets loss to the Braves was that of Yoenis Cespedes, hands on his knees, grimacing in pain after straining his left hamstring. The injury sent Cespedes to the 10-day disabled list, the club announced Friday, and could keep him sidelined longer than that.

Earlier in the day, the Mets scratched pitcher Noah Syndergaard with what the club hopes is a mild case of biceps tendinitis. With Syndergaard sidelined, the Mets turned to Matt Harvey, who gave up six runs in the team's sixth straight loss -- all of which spurred manager Terry Collins into addressing his team after the game.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Smith benefiting from offseason regimen

Mets' No. 2 prospect lost 24 pounds, is off to best start of career

Smith benefiting from offseason regimen

LAS VEGAS -- Another year older and another year wiser. As the saying goes, so too does Dominic Smith.

The Mets' No. 2 prospect, No. 57 on MLB Pipeline's Top 100, has always hit. Smith has batted above .300 in three of the four seasons since he was selected No. 11 overall in 2013. However, entering the 2017 season, Smith's first with Triple-A Las Vegas, he turned the intensity up a notch.

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Harvey struggles as Mets lose game, Cespedes

Harvey struggles as Mets lose game, Cespedes

NEW YORK -- Landing at LaGuardia Airport this week with a six-game losing streak in tow, the Braves needed something to jolt them out of their recent malaise -- and quickly.

The Mets gave it to them in the form of their own miserable week, which included a pair of defeats and the losses of their two biggest stars. Starting in place of injured pitcher Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey gave up a season-high six runs -- including a game-breaking three-run homer to Kurt Suzuki -- in Atlanta's 7-5 win over the Mets.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Braves on Thursday.

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Mets fan has dream come true at Citi Field

Teen enjoys day thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation

Mets fan has dream come true at Citi Field

NEW YORK -- By the time Enrique Abreu-Ramos learned he was headed to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, slated for July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, he'd already lived a dream day.

That was Abreu-Ramos' wish, to see the best players in the world, in person, on the same field at one time. He called it "the ultimate experience," an experience, he learned Thursday as part of a whirlwind day at Citi Field, he'd live this summer courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Major League Baseball.

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Gsellman struggles as Mets drop 5th straight

Gsellman struggles as Mets drop 5th straight

NEW YORK -- The Braves carried a six-game losing streak into Citi Field on Wednesday, while the Mets came into the night having lost four straight. Both streaks could not remain intact.

In the end, Julio Teheran's years-long mastery of the Mets trumped any more recent trends. The Braves starter held New York to two runs in 6 1/3 innings of an 8-2 victory, snapping Atlanta's funk while sending the Mets to their fifth straight defeat.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Braves on Wednesday.

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Mets trying to keep April woes in perspective

Mets trying to keep April woes in perspective

NEW YORK -- By the ninth inning Wednesday, those who rained boos from the grandstand early in the evening had mostly departed, leaving a dejected knot of fans clustered in Citi Field's lower bowl. The Mets were about to drop an 8-2 game to the Braves, their fifth straight defeat and their ninth in 10 games. Worse, they were about to fall four games under .500 for the first time since the final day of the 2014 season, their last without a postseason berth.

It may be too early to draw conclusions from the Mets' 8-12 start; all the team needs is one good week to reverse the narrative. But manager Terry Collins still called the Mets' disappointing April "surprising," a sentiment that players echoed throughout a quiet clubhouse.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gonzalez extends scoreless streak

Gonzalez extends scoreless streak

There were many standout performances by pitchers across the Minor Leagues on Wednesday, but none of them impressed quite like Class A hurlers Merandy Gonzalez and Cody Reed.

Gonzalez, the Mets' No. 14 prospect, scattered five hits over 7 2/3 innings for Columbia to extend his season-opening scoreless-innings streak to 28 1/3 frames. He walked a pair and struck out five, also generating eight ground-ball outs, as the Fireflies shutout Asheville, 5-0.

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Reynolds called up, Gilmartin sent down

Matz, Lugo progressing; no timetable for Flores

Reynolds called up, Gilmartin sent down

NEW YORK -- Their bullpen as well rested as at any point this season, the Mets on Wednesday made a roster move to return to a full five-man bench and a seven-man bullpen. The team recalled utility man Matt Reynolds from Triple-A Las Vegas, optioning left-hander Sean Gilmartin to Vegas in a corresponding move.

Reynolds hit .300 with three doubles, four RBIs and 10 runs scored in 13 games with the 51s this season, making starts at third base, left and center field. A natural shortstop, Reynolds batted .225 with eight doubles, three home runs and 13 RBIs in 47 games for the Mets in 2016.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tebow finding his groove at the plate

Former NFL QB has 9 hits in past 20 at-bats to raise average to .246

Tebow finding his groove at the plate

Tim Tebow is catching fire once again.

The Columbia Fireflies outfielder went 3-for-4 with his first career triple on Wednesday afternoon and barely missed his third home run of the season when he drove a ball deep to left field in his final at-bat. The performance marked his third multihit game since Friday.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: When could Mets summon Rosario?

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers questions from fans

Inbox: When could Mets summon Rosario?

Perhaps it was reader @eddiebellz who put it best this week, replying to a call for Mets Inbox queries with this: "I have so many questions but I literally don't know how to specify just one."

It was that sort of week for the Mets, who dropped four straight to the Phillies and Nationals, lost a significant chunk of the roster to injuries and were left reeling, just in time for another 13 straight divisional games following Monday's off-day.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

After a rough start, Wheeler finishes fast

Mets pitcher tossed six scoreless after first inning

After a rough start, Wheeler finishes fast

NEW YORK -- It goes down as another loss at a time when the Mets really could have used a win, a loss that Zack Wheeler might have prevented if he didn't throw the fastball that Daniel Murphy hit for a first-inning grand slam.

"Anytime you lose after putting the team down early, it's not fun," the Mets right-hander said after Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Nationals.

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deGrom's line a rarity, for better and worse

deGrom's line a rarity, for better and worse

NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom pulled off quite a feat on Saturday: the Mets right-hander was both very good and very bad in the same performance during a 3-1 loss to the Nationals at Citi Field.

Through three innings, it looked like it would be one of deGrom's better outings. He needed to face only 11 batters to get the nine outs, seven of which came on strikeouts.

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Roger Rubin is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rain washes out Braves-Mets series opener

Rain washes out Braves-Mets series opener

NEW YORK -- Rain postponed the first game of a three-game series Tuesday between the Mets and Braves. The clubs will make up the game as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Sept. 25 at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Robert Gsellman will pitch Wednesday, opposite right-hander Julio Teheran.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Walker, Conforto homers not enough vs. Nats

Walker, Conforto homers not enough vs. Nats

NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy provided the early offense, and Max Scherzer made it hold up, tossing eight strong innings to lead the Nationals to a 6-3 victory Sunday night at Citi Field to complete a three-game sweep over the Mets.

Murphy launched a grand slam in the first inning off Zack Wheeler and Ryan Zimmerman added some insurance with a two-run homer in the eighth, which was more than enough for Scherzer.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Rosario notches second straight three-hit game

Rosario notches second straight three-hit game

It seems like every time he takes the mound, Kolby Allard keeps showing why the Braves drafted him No. 14 overall two years ago.

The 19-year-old left-hander, already pitching for Double-A Mississippi, has a 1.29 ERA through his first four starts of 2017 after tossing five scoreless innings against the Montgomery Biscuits on Sunday. Allard scattered five hits, walked one and struck out five.

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Mets offense MIA after 7th loss in 8 games

Mets offense MIA after 7th loss in 8 games

NEW YORK -- One of the biggest reasons for the Nationals' success to start the season has been the strength of their starting rotation. And not only the top of their rotation -- each time left-hander Gio Gonzalez has taken the mound early on this year, he has turned in a stellar outing.

That continued Saturday evening at Citi Field, when Gonzalez carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and lasted into the seventh to lead the Nats to a 3-1 victory over the Mets. He held New York to one run in 6 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and three walks while only allowing two hits, the first of which did not come until Juan Lagares singled in the sixth inning.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Roger Rubin is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Mets on Saturday.

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Rosario doubles, scores in three-hit effort

Rosario doubles, scores in three-hit effort

Clint Frazier has had Yankees fans abuzz since New York traded for him last July, but he hadn't gotten off to the hottest start to the 2017 season at the plate. As of Saturday, that looks like it might be changing.

One of the team's two uber-prospects along with shortstop Gleyber Torres, Frazier went 2-for-3 with a solo home run for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, accounting for the only offense in the RailRiders' 1-0 win over the Indianapolis Indians.

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Reyes out of starting lineup to clear head

Mets infielder enters as pinch-hitter in sixth, coaxes walk, scores run

Reyes out of starting lineup to clear head

NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins decided to bench Jose Reyes for at least a game or two, hoping that the break will help shake his leadoff hitter out of a serious slump.

"You can just ... sense he's really struggling mentally with what his approach is," Collins said before Saturday's game against the Nationals at Citi Field. "I thought I'd give him a day, maybe two, and see if we can get him undone."

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