Tommy Milone will make his first appearance for the Mets since going on the disabled list on May 24 with a left knee injury, while Patrick Corbin starts for Arizona.
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Starting pitcher Steven Matz has been diagnosed with irritation of the ulnar nerve in his left elbow, the Mets announced Monday, and he will undergo surgery "to reposition the nerve and eliminate the irritation."
After getting swept by the Twins on the road, the playoff-chasing D-backs came to Citi Field on Monday night hoping for better results against a Mets team that has had an even harder time winning.
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. The one that stuck will be on Conforto's jersey for the inaugural Players Weekend, Aug. 25-27.
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.
Matt Harvey continued to progress toward a return to the Mets' rotation with his third Minor League rehab outing on Monday.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Mets were determined heading into this weekend's series with the Marlins not to let Giancarlo Stanton beat them.
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.
Gary Sanchez is carrying a sizzling bat for a second consecutive August, as the catcher homered and drove in five runs to lead the Yankees to a 7-5 victory over the Mets on Thursday at Citi Field, completing a four-game sweep of the Subway Series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aaron Judge hit one of the most impressive home runs in Citi Field history and Didi Gregorius delivered a tiebreaking hit as the Yankees defeated the Mets, 5-3, in Subway Series action on Wednesday evening.
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.
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.
Matt Harvey delivered 36 pitches (26 strikes) over three scoreless innings against the Abderdeen IronBirds, allowing one hit and no walks.
Cespedes takes grounders at third base in BP
Amed Rosario crouched and coiled, priming his body to react to mankind's fastest pitch. No one throws harder than Aroldis Chapman, author of the 18 fastest fastballs in the Majors this season. Pitchers in the Pacific Coast League don't throw 103 mph.
Sonny Gray hurled six-plus solid innings to pick up his first win in pinstripes and Aroldis Chapman survived a bumpy ninth inning as the Yankees defeated the Mets, 5-4, on Tuesday evening, concluding the Yankee Stadium portion of the Subway Series.
Noah Syndergaard took his time between throws, concentrating on his target, periodically glancing back at pitching coach Dan Warthen. Syndergaard threw just 20 pitches at less than 100 percent Tuesday in his first bullpen session since tearing his right lat muscle April 30 in Washington. He wanted to be sure to fire each one with conviction.
Travis Snider, a former Blue Jays top prospect who made one of the most memorable catches in Citi Field history, is now a member of the Mets' organization. The club acquired Snider from the Rangers on Tuesday for cash, sending him to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Mets starter Seth Lugo, who spent much of the season on the disabled list and has been pitching with a partially torn elbow ligament when active, is back on the DL. The Mets placed him there Tuesday, scratching him from his scheduled Subway Series start Wednesday against the Yankees due to a right shoulder impingement. Right-hander Robert Gsellman, who has been on the DL since June 28 due to a strained left hamstring, will take Lugo's place Wednesday at Citi Field.
By the fourth inning of the Mets' 4-2 loss to the Yankees on Monday, Hansel Robles was already warming in the visiting bullpen. Consider it the Rafael Montero effect. The Mets are so uncertain when and how their most enigmatic pitcher might implode that, despite Montero's three standout innings to open the game, they were worried.
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Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez all connected for the 40th home runs of their Major League careers on Monday evening, powering the Yankees to a much-needed 4-2 victory over the Mets in the opening game of this year's Subway Series.
With 47 games left in the season, Michael Conforto is sitting on a career-high 26 homers, the latest of them a two-run shot Sunday in the Mets' 6-2 win over the Phillies. He has hit a home run every 15.5 plate appearances, putting him on pace to eclipse 30 -- that nice round number to which every slugger strives -- before September.
Through the turbulence of mounting losses, multiple trades and near-daily clubhouse turnover, few Mets have provided more stability than Curtis Granderson. Playing out what are likely to be his final weeks with the Mets, Granderson hit a two-run homer Sunday, collected three hits, drove in three runs and scored three himself in a 6-2 win over the Phillies.
Slumping since the All-Star break and sliding fast down the National League Central standings, the Brewers on Saturday reportedly landed a player they hope can help. They were nearing a trade for Mets second baseman Neil Walker, according to MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal.
Better late than never. The Phillies dinked and dunked their way past the Mets on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, 3-1, behind timely base hits and solid pitching.
It was Amed Rosario's first, and he made it count. On the day Mets No. 2 prospect Dominic Smith debuted, it was Rosario, their No. 1 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, who stole the show. Just minutes after the Phillies climbed back to tie the game in the eighth, Rosario smacked his first career big league homer, a go-ahead shot in the ninth, to propel the Mets to a 7-6 win on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.