Reyes plays first game with Class A Brooklyn

Former All-Star begins Minor League stint in return to Mets organization

Reyes plays first game with Class A Brooklyn

NEW YORK -- It was hours before game time, and the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones were taking batting practice. Five Brooklyn players were scattered to the right of the BP cage, their necks rotating in unison to follow the flight of the ball.

The back of their navy blue warm-ups bared numbers: 10, 44, 3, 33. And, to the far right, a four-time All Star clad in blue and orange shorts on one knee. No. 7.

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Nimmo unable to jump-start Mets in MLB debut

Club's No. 4 prospect goes 0-for-4, takes it all in during first game in bigs

Nimmo unable to jump-start Mets in MLB debut

ATLANTA -- Minutes after arriving in the Turner Field clubhouse on Saturday, dropping his bags and huddling for a brief conference with manager Terry Collins, Mets rookie Brandon Nimmo cautioned, "I'm not the savior of the team." Nor do the Mets expect him to be. Nimmo is here in part because he proved everything he needed to at Triple-A Las Vegas, and in part because of underperformance up and down the lineup.

Nimmo alone cannot save the Mets, who dropped a 5-2 game to the Braves on Sunday in his Major League debut. Finishing 0-for-4, the club's No. 4 prospect was far from the only non-contributor. The Mets as a team went 7-for-33, including 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position -- the bulk of that scant production coming with the game all but out of reach in the ninth. And none of it seemed out of place for an offense ranked last in the Majors in runs and batting average since May 1.

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Mets can't support steady Bartolo in loss to Braves

Mets can't support steady Bartolo in loss to Braves

ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman hit a first-inning home run off Bartolo Colon, and Bud Norris added yet another impressive start to his recent ledger as the Braves secured a four-game series split with Sunday afternoon's 5-2 win over the Mets at Turner Field.

Freeman's opposite-field home run proved to be the only costly blow delivered against Colon, who scattered six hits and allowed just the one run over seven innings. The Mets veteran's effort was trumped by Norris, who recorded a season-high eight strikeouts and allowed just four hits over seven scoreless innings.

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Mets tab Thor in first-place battle with Nationals

Mets tab Thor in first-place battle with Nationals

A Nationals team battling both injuries and on-field struggles will return home for a three-game series beginning Monday against a Mets club looking to regain control of the National League East.

As if the adversity of a week-long losing streak was not enough, the Nationals on Sunday placed star pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list. A shuffled Nats rotation now has Joe Ross lined up to face fellow right-hander Noah Syndergaard, who received a clean bill of health after experiencing elbow soreness during his last start.

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Wheeler ready to restart baseball activities

Mets righty set to begin long tossing for first time since being shut down last week

Wheeler ready to restart baseball activities

ATLANTA -- Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler is due to begin long tossing Monday for the first time since the Mets shut him down last week due to right elbow discomfort. Wheeler, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, was subsequently diagnosed with nerve irritation, but no further structural damage.

He flew to New York for his examination, but otherwise has been working out at the team's Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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Johnson's HR makes 6-year-old son take notice

Johnson's HR makes 6-year-old son take notice

ATLANTA -- Along with damaging his former team with a home run that gave the Mets a 1-0, 11-inning win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field, Kelly Johnson might have also gained more respect from his 6-year-old son Cole, who has become a baseball junkie.

"Whoever is doing well is like the best player ever to Cole," Johnson said. "So, he loves [Yoenis] Cespedes and he loves [Curtis] Granderson. Then when he talks about me, he says, 'When you were good ...' So hopefully now that I hit a home run, maybe now I'm one of the best players alive."

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Runs for Mets 'hard to come by' with deGrom on hill

Right-hander supported with 2 runs over last 35 innings

Runs for Mets 'hard to come by' with deGrom on hill

ATLANTA -- Jacob deGrom watched from the clubhouse as Kelly Johnson's home run scraped over the Turner Field fence in the top of the 11th, the first and only run in a 1-0 Mets victory over the Braves.

A run. Imagine that, a run.

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Hero in a pinch! Johnson's HR lifts Mets in 11th

Hero in a pinch! Johnson's HR lifts Mets in 11th

ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran and Jacob deGrom waged an impressive pitching battle and maintained their status as two of baseball's most unfortunate pitchers in terms of run support. Once they exited on Saturday night at Turner Field, Kelly Johnson damaged his former team with a pinch-hit home run that provided the Mets a 1-0, 11-inning win over the Braves.

Johnson, who spent this season's first two months with the Braves, opened the 11th inning with a home run off Dario Alvarez. The solo shot provided the Mets their fourth win in their past five games and ended a 23 2/3-inning scoreless streak for Atlanta's bullpen.

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Mets ink shortstop Reyes to Minors deal

Four-time All-Star to join Class A Brooklyn for 7-10 days

Mets ink shortstop Reyes to Minors deal

ATLANTA -- Jose Reyes arrived in Flushing at age 19, still raw but one of the most intriguing prospects in franchise history. He signed a long-term deal, made four All-Star teams and won a batting title during a nine-year tenure in Queens, leaving as a free agent at age 28.

Now one of the more dynamic players to don a Mets uniform has returned. The club announced Saturday that it has signed Reyes to a Minor League deal, after the Rockies officially released him following a 52-game domestic violence suspension. Reyes will report to Class A Short Season Brooklyn on Sunday, playing third base and the outfield for approximately seven to 10 days before returning to Queens.

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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 among top prospect performers Saturday

Nationals' No. 5 prospect strikes out 10, Marlins' No. 17 extends hitless streak to 15 frames

Smith among top prospect performers Saturday

Strikeouts have been coming in bunches lately for Reynaldo Lopez.

On Saturday, Lopez, the Nationals' No. 5 prospect, struck out 10 hitters over a career-high eight innings to pace Double-A Harrisburg in a 4-0 shutout of New Hampshire. He scattered seven hits and walked two while throwing a season-high 112 pitches (81 strikes).

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Mets call up Nimmo, option Conforto

New York's No. 4 prospect hit .328 in 63 games at Triple-A

Mets call up Nimmo, option Conforto

ATLANTA -- At first, there were only compliments. Triple-A Las Vegas manager Wally Backman called Brandon Nimmo into his office Friday to tell him how pleased he was with the outfielder's development, how he felt the former first-round Draft pick's progress would translate well to the big leagues. Then Backman delivered a bit of bad news: the 51s' charter from Reno, Nev., to Las Vegas was full, so Nimmo would need to take a separate flight by way of Salt Lake City.

Nimmo accepted the news with his usual good nature and began walking out, before Backman stopped him.

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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.

Familia sets Mets' save mark with help from D

Closer breaks tie with Benitez by converting 25th straight save to open season

Familia sets Mets' save mark with help from D

ATLANTA -- Travis d'Arnaud joked that he owes James Loney "dinner for like a week," so imagine how Jeurys Familia feels. The closer was in the ninth inning of a two-run game on Friday, seeking to set a Mets franchise record for consecutive save conversions to start a season. Familia gave up a leadoff single and then hit a batter. Just like that, his record -- and more importantly, a Mets victory at Turner Field -- was in trouble.

But a pair of bizarre defensive plays changed things rapidly. First, Wilmer Flores started a double play on a sacrifice-bunt attempt to record the inning's first two outs. Then Loney made a spectacular pick on d'Arnaud's throw following a wild third strike, dragging his foot across first base to preserve an 8-6 Mets victory over the Braves.

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Mets hold off Braves after building 8-run lead

Mets hold off Braves after building 8-run lead

ATLANTA -- James Loney's three-run home run provided enough cushion for the Mets to weather a six-run flurry produced against Steven Matz and claim an 8-6 win over the suddenly pesky Braves at Turner Field on Friday night.

After Loney's homer off Aaron Blair provided the Mets an 8-0 lead in the fifth inning, the Braves tallied six runs in the bottom half of the frame against Matz, who had retired 11 of the 12 batters he'd faced through the first four innings and ended up allowing six earned runs over 4 1/3 frames. Atlanta recorded just two hits against three Mets relievers, including closer Jeurys Familia, who recorded the game's final four outs with the help of some heads-up defense. One of those was a sensational game-ending pick at first base by Loney after a wild third strike that scooted away from Travis d'Arnaud.

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Cespedes OK after twisting ankle on first base

Cespedes OK after twisting ankle on first base

ATLANTA -- Another injury struck a familiar denizen of the trainer's room on Friday, when Yoenis Cespedes twisted his left ankle while being picked off first base in the seventh inning of the Mets' 8-6 win over the Braves. Cespedes had skipped the Mets' previous game with a sprained left wrist, and also missed time earlier this year with a sore right hip.

But once again, Cespedes managed to avoid the worst. After spending significant time on the ground and walking off the field alongside trainer Ray Ramirez, Cespedes returned to the field on defense and remained active for the rest of the game. He does not expect to miss any time.

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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.

Reed not going to dwell on rough stretch

Mets setup man's ERA has increased more than a full run in past two weeks

Reed not going to dwell on rough stretch

ATLANTA -- Not solely because his manager, Terry Collins, is slated to lead the National League into San Diego, Mets setup man Addison Reed entered June a rightful All-Star candidate. His 1.63 ERA on the morning of June 9 was a boon to a Mets team relying on him as the bridge to closer Jeurys Familia. A trade target last August, Reed had since developed into one of the league's best relievers.

But he gave up a run that night and three more a week later, before serving up Adonis Garcia's go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning of Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Braves. In two weeks, Reed's ERA has increased more than a full run to 2.70. Both of his losses have occurred over that span.

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Conforto, d'Arnaud prevent run with incredible DP

Conforto, d'Arnaud prevent run with incredible DP

ATLANTA -- Once again, Michael Conforto ranged toward the wall, though this time he steered clear of impact. Catching the ball, the left fielder took a beat to gather himself, coil his energy and fire.

The throw was true and a video replay confirmed it: Conforto had turned a would-be game-tying sacrifice fly into an inning-ending double play Thursday, temporarily bailing out the Mets in what became a 4-3 loss to the Braves at Turner Field. And he did it despite limping off the field three innings earlier, unsure at first if he would be able to continue playing.

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Mets stunned by Braves' go-ahead HR in 8th

Mets stunned by Braves' go-ahead HR in 8th

ATLANTA -- The Braves continued both their mastery of the Mets and their overall surge on Thursday, coming from behind to nab a 4-3 win over New York at Turner Field.

Adonis Garcia hit a go-ahead two-run homer off Addison Reed in the eighth inning, giving the Braves their first lead of the night. Atlanta nearly knotted the score an inning earlier, but Michael Conforto turned a potential game-tying sacrifice fly into an inning-ending double play, which resulted in Braves interim manager Brian Snitker's ejection after he lost a challenge.

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Mets to have private workout for Gurriel next week

Club still mulling over Reyes, who is due to become free agent Saturday

Mets to have private workout for Gurriel next week

ATLANTA -- The Mets' flirtation with Cuban free agent Yulieski Gurriel will last at least a bit longer. The team's private workout with Gurriel is scheduled for next week, according to assistant general manager John Ricco, though it is not yet settled if Gurriel will come to Citi Field or the Mets will go to him.

It could make for some interesting timing, given that shortstop Jose Reyes is due to clear waivers and become a free agent on Saturday, according to an industry source. The Mets have expressed public interest in Gurriel and plenty of private curiosity in Reyes, though team insiders said Thursday that one does not necessarily have to affect the other. The organization is discussing Reyes more as a super utility player who could appear at three positions, whereas Gurriel profiles as a starting third baseman.

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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.

Mets prospect Rosario promoted to Binghamton

Mets prospect Rosario promoted to Binghamton

ATLANTA -- One of the Mets' most heralded international signings in recent history is a step closer to the big leagues.

The organization on Thursday promoted No. 2 prospect Amed Rosario to Double-A Binghamton, after the shortstop hit .309 with three homers and eight triples in 66 games for Class A Advanced St. Lucie. The Mets originally inked Rosario to a $1.75 million deal as a 16-year-old back in 2012.

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Collins apologizes for interaction with Horwitz

Collins apologizes for interaction with Horwitz

ATLANTA -- Mets manager Terry Collins apologized on Thursday for his interaction with longtime vice president of media relations Jay Horwitz, who urged Collins after Wednesday's game to share injury news about Noah Syndergaard. Collins called Horwitz a "puppy dog," told reporters that Syndergaard was headed to the hospital for testing, then walked off without taking questions.

A day later, Collins apologized for his behavior.

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10 potential acquisitions for Mets to consider

10 potential acquisitions for Mets to consider

The Mets already made their now-annual trade for Kelly Johnson, but surely they are going to do something of significance to augment their infield and their offense, right?

Right?

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Mets use clutch HRs to back Thor, edge KC

Mets use clutch HRs to back Thor, edge KC

NEW YORK -- An uncomfortable homestand for the Mets ended with at least one bit of solace, as they overcame injuries to multiple star players on Wednesday in a 4-3 win over the Royals, sweeping a two-game series at Citi Field.

Asdrubal Cabrera homered, reached base three times and scored twice, and rookie Matt Reynolds -- making his first professional start in left field -- hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning to give the Mets the lead for good. But as the Mets departed for what should have been a happy plane ride to Atlanta, they left starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes behind for medical examinations in New York.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Royals on Wednesday.

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A game of 1sts for Reynolds proves memorable

Mets No. 9 prospect plays LF for first time, hits go-ahead HR for first MLB blast

A game of 1sts for Reynolds proves memorable

NEW YORK -- Matt Reynolds' first game in left field came and went without any trouble. Wearing injured Mets outfielder Juan Lagares' glove, Reynolds caught a couple of fly balls, and even nearly threw a runner out at second base.

At the plate, though, Reynolds made a big impact, smacking a 1-0 fastball in the sixth inning into the right-field bullpen, providing the decisive blow in the Mets' 4-3 win over the Royals at Citi Field on Wednesday afternoon. It was his first career home run.

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mini Thor took the mound to show off his Syndergaard impression

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Mini Thor took the mound to show off his Syndergaard impression

It's not often that you have five-year-olds that can pull off impressions of Major Leaguers, especially when those players throw 99-mph fastballs and have the golden locks of a Norse god. Then again, Ashtin Gerberg, known as "Mini Thor," isn't those other five-year-olds. 

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Cespedes holding off competition for 3rd OF spot

Mets center fielder nearly 500,000 votes ahead of the Cubs' Heyward

Cespedes holding off competition for 3rd OF spot

NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes' resurgent June not only has him back among the league leaders in home runs, but also holding steady in his bid to start an All-Star Game for the first time in his career.

Cespedes has 1,759,302 votes in the latest National League tally released Wednesday by Major League Baseball. That puts him behind only Chicago's Dexter Fowler (2,003,115) and Washington's Bryce Harper (1,824,808) in balloting, and nearly half a million votes ahead of fourth-place Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward (1,271,107).

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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.

Homers, bullpen's 8 2/3 help Mets edge Royals

Homers, bullpen's 8 2/3 help Mets edge Royals

NEW YORK -- The last of the 40,122 fans at Citi Field were still settling into their seats by the time Mets manager Terry Collins first turned to the bullpen Tuesday night. With Bartolo Colon forced to leave after Whit Merrifield led off the game by ripping a liner off the pitcher's right thumb, Hansel Robles jogged to the mound.

Robles and the rest of the Mets' bullpen held strong for 8 2/3 innings, holding Kansas City to six hits to help New York capture the series opener, 2-1. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and center fielder Yoenis Cespedes contributed with solo homers in the first and fourth, respectively.

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