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Mets' Todd Frazier: Moving rehab to Triple-A
Frazier (oblique) will continue his rehab with Triple-A Syracuse, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
Frazier has already appeared in 11 rehab games for High-A St. Lucie, going 8-for-37 in those contests, but the Mets apparently want him to play in at least one game at the highest level of the minors before rejoining the big club. Mickey Callaway has already indicated that Frazier won't step into an everyday role upon his return, so look for him to operate as a utility infielder once healthy.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Travis d'Arnaud: Rough start to season
D'Arnaud went 0-for-2 with a walk in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.
Since coming off the IL, d'Arnaud has gone just 1-for-14 in five games. The Mets have been giving Wilson Ramos frequent rest, taking him out of the starting lineup every fourth game or so, but d'Arnaud isn't exactly doing much to warrant a larger share of the workload. Barring an injury to Ramos, he'll remain well off the fantasy radar even in deep two-catcher formats.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Michael Conforto: Homers for second straight day
Conforto went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a 3-2 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday.
It was the second straight day with a homer for Conforto, and he also has six consecutive games with a hit. Conforto is off to a very strong start with a .324 batting average, five homers, 11 RBI, 16 runs and two steals in 71 at-bats over 18 games.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Zack Wheeler: Serves up two homers
Wheeler allowed three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks across seven innings in a loss to the Phillies on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old only yielded one homer in his first three starts, but the Phillies took him deep twice in this one. While they were both solo shots, it was still enough to edge Wheeler. The 28-year-old has looked better lately, but one bad start early in the year is largely why his ERA still sits well above average. He is 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 22 strikeouts in 22.2 innings over four starts. His next scheduled outing will again be against the Phillies on Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Jason Vargas: Start moved up
Vargas is scheduled to start Friday against the Cardinals, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
Vargas was originally slated to start Saturday before Jacob deGrom came down with a bout of strep throat. The southpaw, who owns a 14.21 ERA and 2.84 WHIP through 6.1 innings this season, will still be pitching on extra rest thanks to Thursday's off-day.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Jacob deGrom: Start pushed back by illness
DeGrom is dealing with strep throat and will have his next start bumped back from Friday to Saturday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
The minor delay should have minimal effect on deGrom's fantasy value, as he'll still be facing the Cardinals. It will have a slight effect on him next week, as he'll be lined up to throw Friday against the Brewers instead of Wednesday against the Phillies, but both of those offenses have been similarly effective. Jason Vargas will now start Friday rather than Saturday this week.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Brandon Nimmo: Hopeful to avoid IL
Nimmo acknowledged Wednesday that he's still dealing with a fair amount of soreness in his neck and lacks full range of motion, but he doesn't believe the issue is serious enough to result in a trip to the injured list, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Nimmo is out of the lineup for Wednesday's series finale with the Phillies, and his assessment of the injury suggests he won't be available in a pinch-hitting capacity either. The outfielder took a muscle relaxer overnight to address the stiffness he was experiencing in his neck, but it failed to result in much improvement. Nimmo will get another rest day Thursday with the Mets off the schedule, but he may need to show notable progress ahead of Friday's series opener in St. Louis to meet his goal of avoiding the IL.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Jed Lowrie: Returns to work in Florida
Lowrie (knee) reported to the Mets' spring training facility in Florida on Wednesday to begin a regimen of live batting practice, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
After the Mets wrapped up their Grapefruit League schedule, Lowrie headed north with the team to have his rehab program monitored by the big club. He hasn't been able to do much on-field work over the past three weeks beyond light hitting drills, but his return to Florida suggests he's ready to ramp things up. A rehab assignment is likely still a ways off for Lowrie, however, so he shouldn't be expected to return from the 10-day injured list until May at the earliest.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Todd Frazier: Playing full game in minors
Manager Mickey Callaway said Frazier (oblique) will play nine innings in the field Wednesday in a rehab game for High-A St. Lucie, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
Frazier has already appeared in 10 games during the rehab assignment, going 7-for-35 at the dish. He previously saw action Monday and Tuesday, so Frazier's ability to play a third consecutive day suggests he's no longer troubled by the oblique injury that forced him to the injured list coming out of spring training. Frazier could be activated ahead of the Mets' series in St. Louis this weekend, but Callaway has already said the 33-year-old won't be in line for an everyday role once he rejoins the big club.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Robinson Cano: Starting to find groove
Cano went 2-for-5 with a double in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.
He also struck out twice, but Cano is showing signs of coming out of his early-season funk. The 36-year-old has gone 5-for-20 over a modest four-game hitting streak, with three of those hits being two-baggers. Playing in the National League for the first time in his career may have required an adjustment period, but Cano is still someone who's hit at least .280 in 10 straight seasons and has a career slash line of .303/.354/.492. Better days are coming.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Juan Lagares: Not filling in for Nimmo
Lagares is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
Brandon Nimmo's (neck) absence for the series finale opens up a spot in the outfield, but it's Keon Broxton who will get the nod in Nimmo's stead rather than Lagares. The 2014 Gold Glove winner is regarded as an elite defender in center field, but Broxton compares favorably to Lagares in that respect and offers more upside offensively.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Keon Broxton: Replaces Nimmo in outfield
Broxton will start in center field and bat eighth Wednesday against the Phillies.
Nimmo had drawn the last three starts in center field for the Mets, but he'll sit out the series finale after experiencing neck tightness in Tuesday's 14-3 loss. While Nimmo is optimistic the neck issue won't force him to head to the 10-day injured list, he could miss time beyond Wednesday, which may open up additional starts in center for Broxton or Juan Lagares.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Dominic Smith: Seeing little time behind Alonso
Smith is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
Despite making the Opening Day roster, Smith has started in just two of the Mets' first 18 games of the season. Smith was always going to have a tough time finding playing time after top prospect Pete Alonso broke camp with the big club, and it's difficult to imagine Smith's prospects improving unless the much-hyped rookie succumbs to an injury or experiences a prolonged slump.... See More ... See Less
Mets' J.D. Davis: Hitting fifth Wednesday
Davis will start at third base and bat fifth Wednesday against the Phillies.
It's the fifth consecutive start for Davis, marking his longest streak of the season. The 25-year-old has earned more playing time by posting a .960 OPS through the Mets' first 17 games, but his pathway to steady action could close up quickly once Brandon Nimmo (neck) rejoins the lineup and Todd Frazier (oblique) is activated from the 10-day injured list. Both injured players could be back in the fold by the weekend.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Jacob Rhame: Moves up to majors
The Mets recalled Rhame from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Rhame will join the New York bullpen as a replacement for Drew Gagnon, who was optioned to Triple-A after covering 5.1 innings and tossing 97 pitches in Tuesday's 14-3 loss to the Phillies. The right-hander will give the Mets a fresh relief arm ahead of Wednesday's series finale, but Rhame's usage will likely be limited to lower-leverage spots for the duration of his stay in the big leagues.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Drew Gagnon: Sent to minors
The Mets optioned Gagnon to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
After starter Steven Matz failed to retire any of the eight batters he faced in Tuesday's 14-3 loss to the Phillies, Gagnon had the thankless task of mopping up for the Mets in a game that was decided after one inning. Gagnon ended up saving the Mets' bullpen by covering 5.1 frames, though he served up six runs (five earned) along the way. Since Gagnon tossed 97 pitches in the outing and was unlikely to be available for at least four more days, the Mets decided to swap him out for a fresh bullpen arm in Jacob Rhame, who was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Jeff McNeil: Leading off in series finale
McNeil will start in left field and serve as the Mets' leadoff hitter in Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
McNeil has previously served as the Mets' table setter on three occasions, but he had dropped to the bottom half of the lineup in each of the past three games. With typical leadoff man Brandon Nimmo (neck) sitting out, McNeil will get another look atop the lineup, but it's likely the 27-year-old will shift back down in the order over the weekend in St. Louis if Nimmo's injury proves to be a short-term concern.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Wilson Ramos: Gets breather for day game
Ramos is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
Since the Mets are off Thursday and are playing a day game Wednesday, manager Mickey Callaway decided it was an opportune time to give his top backstop a breather. Travis d'Arnaud will step in behind the dish and catch for Zack Wheeler in the series finale.... See More ... See Less