--RHP Blaine Boyer cleared waivers Wednesday and opted for free agency rather than report to Class AAA Buffalo. Boyer had an out in his contract and could have opted for free agency in the final days of spring training, but he made the final bullpen spot with the Mets. However, he struggled at the start of the season, allowing eight runs in 6 2/3 innings, and he was designated for assignment Sunday.
--RF Carlos Beltran delivered an RBI double in the first inning Wednesday. It was the 182nd of his Mets tenure, tying him with Cleon Jones for eighth place in franchise history -- five behind Darryl Strawberry.
--RHP Chris Young was moved back from a scheduled Friday start to Sunday, helping him to rest what the team is calling a slight case of biceps tendinitis. Young said it was an issue with his right shoulder. Young pitched just four games last season after returning from shoulder surgery, and he has pitched well in his first two starts for the Mets.
--RHP Matt Harvey, the Mets' first-round pick from the 2010 draft, made his professional debut this month with Class A St. Lucie and in two starts has yet to allow a run. Harvey hurled five shutout innings in his first start with nine strikeouts, and he followed that up Tuesday with six shutout innings and eight more strikeouts. He has walked only four.
--LF Jason Bay (strained left intercostal muscle) has begun swinging again, but he is not expected to return until April 26, when the Mets open a series in Washington.
BY THE NUMBERS
21 -- The Mets relievers have issued 21 walks on the season already in the first 11 games -- including another three Wednesday.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's a lot of things. You can't just put your finger on one thing. When you go through a streak where things aren't going good, it's not one thing. ... We're one pitch away, we're one swing away from being 9-2, and we're not. But the next 11, we need to be 9-2." -- Mets manager Terry Collins.
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