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Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Undergoes season-ending surgery
Cespedes underwent season-ending surgery on his right ankle Thursday, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
He was in the process of lightly ramping up activity while rehabbing multiple heel surgeries when he suffered multiple right ankle fractures in an off-field incident this past weekend. Cespedes is due to make $29 million in 2020 before becoming a free agent in 2021. He only played in 38 games last year and was limited to 81 games in 2017.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Michael Conforto: Uncertain for Friday
The Mets have given no indication Conforto (concussion) will be activated from the 7-day injured list Friday when first eligible, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
One of three starting outfielders currently on the IL, Conforto looks the closest to returning to action even though a exact date for his activation hasn't been determined. Conforto at least took another meaningful step forward in his recovery Thursday, as he increased the intensity of his running program, hit off a tee, and tracked breaking balls in the batting cage. Even if Conforto doesn't get the green light to play in Friday's series opener with the Tigers, he should be back in the lineup soon after.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Wilmer Font: Headed to bullpen
Font is expected to transition to a relief role after the Mets announced that Jason Vargas (hamstring) would return from the 10-day injured list to start Saturday against the Tigers, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
After beginning the season as a full-time reliever for Tampa Bay, Font immediately entered a banged-up Mets rotation when he was acquired May 6. The right-hander found minimal success in his three starts, giving up nine runs on 12 hits and six walks over 10.1 innings. With Vargas' impending return putting the New York rotation back at full strength, Font will presumably work as a mop-up man out of the bullpen rather than handling any meaningful setup work in front of closer Edwin Diaz.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Jason Vargas: Confirmed for Saturday
Vargas (hamstring) will be activated from the 10-day injured list to start Saturday's game against the Tigers, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
With Vargas experiencing no complications with his strained left hamstring coming out of his May 19 rehab start with Double-A Binghamton, he'll be ready to go when the Mets require a fifth starter again this weekend. Vargas' impending return from a three-week absence will result in Wilmer Font moving back to a bullpen role.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Tim Peterson: Designated for assigment
Peterson was designated for assignment Thursday.
The Mets will risk sacrificing some organizational bullpen depth in Peterson in order to claim Aaron Altherr off waivers in an effort to address their lack of healthy outfield depth. Peterson has a 5.56 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 34 MLB innings over the past two seasons.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Aaron Altherr: Claimed by Mets
Altherr was claimed off waivers by the Mets on Thursday.
The Mets' current stable of healthy outfielders consists of journeymen (Carlos Gomez, Rajai Davis), an infielder (J.D. Davis) and Juan Lagares. Altherr had been claimed by the Giants and then designated for assignment in hopes of retaining him, but the Mets swooped in and claimed him to address their current lack of quality depth. The expectation is that Altherr will be active for Friday's game against the Tigers. He has a career .222/.312/.406 slash line in 333 games in the majors. Altherr has been mediocre against righties (91 wRC+) and lefties (93 wRC+).... See More ... See Less
Mets' Rajai Davis: Opportunities set to increase
Manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday that he expects Davis, Carlos Gomez and J.D. Davis to log the majority of the starts in the outfield while the Mets' top three options are all sidelined with injuries, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
Per Tim Healey of Newsday, Davis won't be included in the lineup for Thursday's series finale with the Nationals, but Callaway's comments suggest the 38-year-old will be rewarded with extra time at the expense for Juan Lagares. After being called up to the big club Wednesday, Davis made his presence felt right away with a three-run, pinch-hit homer in the Mets' 6-1 victory. Davis has shown an ability to rack up steals while receiving steady playing time in the past, making him a decent speculative pickup for NL-only and deeper mixed league managers looking for an infusion of speed on their rosters.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Carlos Gomez: Playing time on rise
Gomez will start in right field and bat sixth Thursday against the Nationals, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Gomez will draw his fourth straight start and appears set to handle an everyday role for the foreseeable future with Jeff McNeil (hamstring) joining fellow outfielders Michael Conforto (concussion) and Brandon Nimmo (neck) on the injured list Thursday. Per Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports, manager Mickey Callaway acknowledged that he expects Gomez, Rajai Davis and J.D. Davis to see most of the action in the outfield, notably omitting defensive maven Juan Lagares.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Amed Rosario: Leading off in second straight
Rosario will start at shortstop and lead off Thursday against the Nationals, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
Brandon Nimmo (neck) and Jeff McNeil (hamstring) have been the Mets' primary leadoff options this season, but with both landing on the injured list next week, Rosario appears poised to fill the table-setting role for the time being. The leadoff assignment could translate to more running opportunities for Rosario, who hasn't attempted a steal since May 5.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Todd Frazier: Playing time on upswing
Frazier will start at third base and bat third Thursday against the Nationals, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
J.D. Davis seemed to unseat Frazier for top duties at third base earlier in May, but there should be room for both players in the lineup for the foreseeable future with four Mets regulars (Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Robinson Cano and Jeff McNeil) having landed on the injured list within the past week. Due to the extensive personnel losses in the outfield, Davis is expected to take on an everyday role in left field, leaving the hot corner open for Frazier. The 33-year-old will make his sixth start in seven games Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Adeiny Hechavarria: Filling in for Cano
Hechavarria will start at second base and bat seventh Thursday against the Nationals, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
He'll be filling in at the keystone for Robinson Cano (quadriceps), who was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday. With Cano idle for at least the next week and a half, Hechavarria and the newly recalled Luis Guillorme project to serve as the primary replacements at the position. Valued mainly for his defensive abilities throughout his career, Hechavarria doesn't project to offer much fantasy utility outside of NL-only formats.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Ryan O'Rourke: Back in majors
O'Rourke was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
The Mets summon a fresh arm for the bullpen in O'Rourke, who had logged a 3.10 ERA and 18:8 K:BB in 20.1 innings at Triple-A. He will work in low-leverage spots during this big-league stint.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Luis Guillorme: Back with big club
Guillorme was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
Robinson Cano (quad) and Jeff McNeil (hamstring) landed on the injured list Thursday morning, and Guillorme was summoned to help fill the cracks. The 24-year-old defensive wiz was hitting .278/.402/.361 at Triple-A. He has a career .200 average over 93 MLB plate appearances. Given the amount of injuries the Mets are dealing with, he could see starts at second base in the short term.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Jeff McNeil: Joins Cano on IL
The Mets placed McNeil (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list Thursday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
After sitting out Wednesday's game against the Nationals while managing a tight left hamstring, McNeil was expected to check back into the lineup for the series finale. Instead, he'll now be sidelined for at least the next week and a half after manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday that McNeil's tight hamstring was significant enough to necessitate extra time off. With Robinson Cano (quadriceps) also moving to the IL, the Mets have now lost four members of their Opening Day lineup to injuries. Cano and McNeil will join outfielders Michael Conforto (concussion) and Brandon Nimmo (neck) on the IL.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Juan Lagares: Provides game-winning hit
Lagares went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and three RBI in Wednesday's win over the Nationals.
He played hero in this one, erasing a 1-0 deficit in the eighth inning with a bases-loaded double off Nats closer Sean Doolittle, then came around to score on Rajai Davis' homer later in the frame. Lagares is slashing just .207/.289/.310 through 98 plate appearances, but the 30-year-old defensive whiz is in line for a playing time boost with the entire Mets starting outfield dealing with injuries at the moment.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Robinson Cano: Moves to IL
The Canon="New York Mets" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" data-league-abbreviation="MLB" data-team-abbreviation="NYM">Mets placed Cano (quadriceps) on the 10-day injured list Thursday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Chastised by some observers for his lack of hustle earlier in the week, Cano ended up straining his left quad while sprinting to first base during his third-inning at-bat in Wednesday's game against the Nationals. After assessing his condition, the Mets determined a day later that Cano would require at least a week and a half off to heal up. With Jeff McNeil (hamstring) also joining Cano on the 10-day IL, the Mets will likely turn to Adeiny Hechavarria or callup Luis Guillorme to handle second-base duties.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Drew Gagnon: Vultures another win
Gagnon (3-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning Wednesday to record the win as the Mets came back to beat the Nationals.
As per usual, the right-hander attacked the strike zone and let his defense do the rest -- he threw seven pitches, all strikes, to retire Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner and Adam Eaton without giving up any hard contact. All three of Gagnon's victories have come during a seven-appearance scoreless streak, during which he's compiled a 6:1 K:BB in 8.2 innings and lowered his ERA on the year to 3.21. He'll likely stay in a fairly low-leverage role, but if the Mets keep making a habit of rallying late, wins could keep falling into Gagnon's lap.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Tomas Nido: Struggling at plate
Nido went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts before being lifted for Wilson Ramos in the seventh inning of Wednesday's win over the Nationals.
The Mets' backup catcher has gone 4-for-22 (.182) in May with nine strikeouts in eight games, although he does have a homer and two RBI. Barring an injury to Ramos, Nido's playing time and fantasy value will remain erratic at best.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Robert Gsellman: Extends scoreless streak
Gsellman struck out one in a perfect seventh inning during Wednesday's win over the Nationals.
With his team in a 1-0 hole, Gsellman breezed through the bottom of the Nats' order on seven pitches (five strikes). The right-hander has turned in eight straight scoreless appearances, posting a 12:5 K:BB over 12 innings during that stretch, and he now sports a 2.48 ERA and 1.17 WHIP on the season. Gsellman isn't seeing the highest-leverage work -- he has zero wins or saves and only three holds through 21 appearances -- but his current form could move him into the setup crew for the Mets in the near future.... See More ... See Less