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Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets Jeff McNeil is greeted by Michael Conforto (30) after scoring in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets Jeff McNeil is greeted by Michael Conforto (30) after scoring in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With news Tuesday that Brandon Nimmo will be shut down for 30 days came a potential new outfield alignment for the Mets -- one that could provide the team with an offensive jolt while sacrificing defense.

Manager Mickey Callaway said that with Nimmo now out long-term, a change could be coming in center field. And that change would have a ripple effect throughout the rest of the outfield and open up playing time for hot-hitting Dominic Smith.

Here's how things could shake out with each impacted player...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets delivered some more bad news on OF Brandon Nimmo. 

After a second opinion from Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles, Nimmo has been shut down from baseball activities for the next month, per manager Mickey Callaway. Dr. Watkins also gave him a second epidural shot. 

As of now, Callaway added "there hasn't been any talk of surgery," to repair the bulging disc in his neck. It is worth noting Watkins is the same doctor that dealt with David Wright's spine issues.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Mets lose to Cards, 4-3 00:01:00
Jason Vargas left the game with an injury, as the Mets fell to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Citi Field, 4-3

The Mets couldn't even the four-game series with the Cardinals, falling late to St. Louis, 4-3, at Citi Field on Father's Day Sunday. >> Box score

Six things to know from Sunday's game...

1) Jason Vargas started this one looking to continue his hot stretch. And though he was pitching pretty decent, a lefty calf cramp forced him to leave the game after four innings. Overall, he allowed three runs (two earned) on just one hit -- a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt -- and three walks. He also struck out four over his 72-pitch outing.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Juan Lagares, Robinson Cano, St. Louis Cardinals, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Lagares hits RBI single 00:00:17
Juan Lagares hits an RBI single, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead on Sunday at Citi Field.

The Mets found themselves down from the start after a two-run homer from Paul Goldschmidt. However, the Mets managed to charge back, and Juan Lagares came through when his team needed it. 

Already tying the score at two in the bottom of the third, Lagares hit a single to right field to score Adeiny Hechavarria to take a 3-2 lead...

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May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) high-fives right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after the Mets win 4-3 during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) high-fives right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after the Mets win 4-3 during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

The Mets are likely about to be close to full-strength, with Brandon Nimmo and Robinson Cano both in the middle of rehab assignments with Triple-A Syracuse and nearing returns to the big league roster.

And with the return of two everyday players will come two 25-man roster moves.

Here's how things could shake out and who the odd-men-out could be...

A reliever will almost certainly be dropped

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Mets on their comeback win 00:01:47
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier and outfielder Jeff McNeil talk about their big hits to help lift Mets over the Giants

The Mets entered the bottom of the eighth inning of Thursday's game in a 3-3 tie with the Giants. But their bats came to life in the late innings, which is becoming a trend for them this season.

After a Jeff McNeil single in the seventh tied the game, the offense spiked for four runs in the eighth. Todd Frazier got just enough of a two-run home run, followed by RBI hits from Juan Lagares and McNeil, putting the Mets in front for good in the 7-3 victory.

Including the five runs today, the Mets have now scored 116 runs in the seventh inning or later this season, the most in the National League. It was the team's 15th come-from-behind victory this season, and their 10th win in their final at-bat.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Mets beat Giants 7-3 00:01:55
Thanks to 3 home runs, including one by Todd Frazier, the Mets were able to take the series against the Giants.

The Mets strung together a four-run eighth inning to pull away from the Giants to win, 7-3, in the rubber match at Citi Field Thursday afternoon. >> Box score

Five things to know from Thursday's game...

1) The Mets delivered in the bottom of the eighth to blow the game open. It was Todd Frazier's two-run homer that broke the tie, making it a 5-3 game. But they weren't done as Juan Lagares' double brought home Adeiny Hechavarria. Then, Jeff McNeil brought his hot bat to the plate again, singling home Lagares to cap the four-run inning. It could've been more if Pete Alonso delivered with bases loaded, but he popped out.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, San Francisco Giants, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez reacts after hitting a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez reacts after hitting a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (24-25, 4.5 GB in the NL East) rallied again on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep of the Nationals. They begin a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Here's what went down on Thursday, in case you missed it:


Carlos Gomez hit a two-out, two-strike, three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to turn a 4-3 deficit into s 6-3 lead as they won their season-best fourth straight game.

 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Rajai Davis, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes
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Callaway, Gomez happy after win 00:01:56
Mickey Callaway spoke about the Mets 4-game series sweep and how it was important to get Carlos Gomez to the majors.

The Mets have needed to dip into their Triple-A Syracuse roster recently to alleviate some of the injuries plaguing their core players. And those have been called up are making an immediate impact. 

For today's comeback win, that recent call-up was Carlos Gomez

With two runners on and the Mets down one, Gomez found himself in a hole with a 1-2 count and two outs already on the board. But Wander Suero didn't hit his spot with a fastball, and Gomez put a quick swing on it to lift it over the fence for a three-run homer. And that was all she wrote as the Mets swept the four-game series...

Tags: Juan Lagares, Rajai Davis, Wilson Ramos, Scott Thompson
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Carlos Gomez 3-run home run 00:00:26
Carlos Gomez was ecstatic after hitting a 3-run bomb to give the Mets a 6-4 lead in the 8th inning to potentially sweep the Nats.

The Mets reliniquished their lead in the top of the seventh, but they took it right back that inning thanks to Carlos Gomez

The veteran outfielder ripped a three-run homer to left-center field, and celebrated around the base paths in typical Gomez fashion...

In the bottom of the sixth, the Mets regained their lead thanks to some situational hitting...

Tags: Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos
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Mets depth key in latest victory 00:01:46
New York Mets outfielder Rajai Davis explains how he was late getting to the game but happy he was able to contribute right away.

The Mets turned to some late-inning dramatics for the second night in a row, as Juan Lagares and Rajai Davis delivered a pair of huge hits in the eighth inning of the Mets' 6-1 win over Washington. >> Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Mets received some late-game clutch hitting for the second night in a row on Wednesday. The Nats' bullpen loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Juan Lagares delivered the clutch blow, raking a double into the left-center gap to give the Mets the 3-1 lead. After an intentional walk to Wilson Ramos, Rajai Davis lined a three-run shot to left in his first at-bat as a Met, extending the lead to 6-1.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Rajai Davis, Washington Nationals
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Mets crush Nationals 6-1 00:01:12
New York Mets needed some late heroics from Juan Lagares and Rajai Davis to pave the way for their 6-1 victory.

The Mets turned to some late-inning dramatics for the second night in a row, as Juan Lagares and Rajai Davis delivered a pair of huge hits in the eighth inning of the Mets' 6-1 win over Washington. >> Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Mets received some late-game clutch hitting for the second night in a row on Wednesday. The Nats' bullpen loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Juan Lagares delivered the clutch blow, raking a double into the left-center gap to give the Mets the 3-1 lead. After an intentional walk to Wilson Ramos, Rajai Davis lined a three-run shot to left in his first at-bat as a Met, extending the lead to 6-1.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Rajai Davis, Washington Nationals
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Marlins blank Mets 00:00:44
The Mets managed just one hit against Pablo Lopez, whom they knocked out in New York last week, as the Marlins shut them out, 2-0

The Mets fell to a season-worst four games under .500 after failing to muster any offense or fight on Saturday in Miami. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) With manager Mickey Callaway's job status potentially in a precarious spot, the Mets gave an absolutely listless performance as they managed just one hit while losing their second-straight game to the MLB-worst Marlins. It was their fourth-straight loss overall. After Jeff McNeil led the game off by doubling off Marlins starter Pablo Lopez, 14 consecutive Mets were set down as he settled into a groove. This was the same Pablo Lopez the Mets scored 10 runs against last week. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Danny Abriano
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deGrom pounded in loss 00:01:17
Despite pair of Pete Alonso home runs, the Marlins handed Jacob deGrom and the Mets their 3rd straight loss, 8-6

Jacob deGrom just wasn't himself in Miami on Friday night, as he was smacked around in an 8-6 loss to the Marlins. >> Box score

Five things to know about Friday's game...

1) Coming into the game, the Mets couldn't have had a better pitcher on the mound in Jacob deGrom. He had owned the Marlins in the first two outings of the season, but this outing was a major outlier. DeGrom imploded, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits while striking out three and walking none over five innings. It was deGrom's worst outing of the season, and it couldn't have come at a worse time. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Scott Thompson
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May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (20-20, 3.5 games behind Phillies in NL East) try to get back over .500 when they continue their three-game set against the Nationals (16-25, 8.0 games behind Phillies) Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

J.D. Davis is back in the lineup at third base, batting second, while Todd Frazier returns to the bench. ... Juan Lagares is in center field with Brandon Nimmo sitting against a lefty. ... The Mets' three-game winning streak is tied for their longest of the season. A win Wednesday would give them a season-high four-game winning streak. ... The Mets are 9-4 in Washington since the start of the 2018 season and have hit 15 home runs in those games.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Todd Frazier, Washington Nationals
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

As soon as Brodie Van Wagenen began work as the Mets' general manager last fall, he set about building roster depth and eliminating as many "ifs" as possible.

Now that several of those "ifs" have been answered one way or another, tough decisions await. This a consequence of some of the redundancies that Van Wagenen and his staff considered necessary in December and January, and one that they are happy to deal with. After all, tough roster decisions mean that at least some of that depth-building project bore fruit.

Consider Keon Broxton, whose roster status is now tenuous. The Mets traded for Broxton as a hedge against several ifs:

What if Jeff McNeil couldn't handle the outfield (turns out he can)? What if Juan Lagares, with his injury history wasn't healthy (turns out he is)?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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Apr 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) bats against the Pawtucket Red Sox during the first inning at NBT Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Apr 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) bats against the Pawtucket Red Sox during the first inning at NBT Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Carlos Gomez has been playing well with Triple-A Syracuse, hitting .274/.336/.479 with five homers and nine doubles in 32 games (117 at-bats). But it doesn't seem like the Mets are close to calling him up.

And with Gomez having a June 1 opt-out, SNY's Andy Martino reports that the Mets "would have to have a specific need to call him up in that timeframe." If the Mets don't have that specific need, Martino notes it's "easy to see him going elsewhere."

The Mets have some roster decisions on the horizon, including having to clear someone off the 25-man roster when Jed Lowrie returns from the IL, which could be as early as Tuesday against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.

Tags: Juan Lagares, Danny Abriano
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May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

With the Mets at 17-20 and 4.5 games behind the Phillies for first place in the NL East, the team is in a dangerous spot. It's still very early, but if they don't right the ship soon, things could begin to spiral out of control.

And one of the reasons the Mets are 17-20 at the moment is the fact that they have gotten almost impossibly bad performances from a handful of players who were expected to be key contributors.

Those struggles are detailed below, with us breaking down what's going wrong and determining just how worried the Mets should be about each...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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After missing the first month and change of the season due to a knee injury, the Mets could be getting Jed Lowrie back on Friday when they return to Citi Field.

When it comes to playing time after Lowrie returns, it should shake out like this most days: Lowrie at third base (relegating the struggling Todd Frazier to the bench), Amed Rosario at shortstop, Robinson Cano at second base, Pete Aloso at first base.

When it comes to who the Mets remove from the 25-man roster to make room for Lowrie, things get trickier. Here are the likeliest potential roster casualties:

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Brewers sweep Mets 00:01:09
Christian Yelich returned to the lineup and launched a two-run homer to help the Brewers complete a sweep of the Mets

A defensive miscue led to the only three Brewers runs and cost the Mets a game as they lost, 3-2, to get swept out of Milwaukee and fall two games under .500. >> Box score


Five things to know about Sunday's game...

1) A day after the Mets played 18 innings in a heartbreaking loss, Mickey Callaway/Brodie Van Wagenen rolled out a lineup that was without Jeff McNeil (Callaway said he needed a day), Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, and Wilson Ramos. J.D. Davis, who has hit well while being a detriment defensively, was also out of the lineup. All except Ramos eventually pinch-hit. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Sep 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates second baseman Jeff McNeil (68) after catching a line drive hit by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates second baseman Jeff McNeil (68) after catching a line drive hit by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Todd Frazier is continuing his slow crawl back to the Mets, with his rehab stint shifting to Triple-A Syracuse and his activation necessary by early next week unless he has a setback.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway spoke earlier this week about Frazier's return, saying what was already known -- Frazier will not be the full-time starter at third base. Instead, he will split time there with J.D. Davis and -- when he isn't in the outfield -- Jeff McNeil.

The Mets have some choices to make when Frazier returns and are in for some really hard playing time choices when Jed Lowrie comes back. For now, the focus is on Frazier. Here's how things could shake out when he returns...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob Rhame, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Apr 15, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz follows through on a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eleventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Apr 15, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz follows through on a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eleventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Mets (10-6, first place in the NL East, 0.5 game up on second place Phillies) face the Phillies in Philadelphia on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. 

Here's what went down on Monday in case you missed it...


In the Mets' wild 11-inning win over the Phillies, Edwin Diaz was held back until the save situation and proceeded to blow the heart of Philadelphia's order away >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Luis Guillorme, Robert Gsellman, Danny Abriano
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Mets prevail in 11 innings 00:01:28
The Mets capitalized on a Phillies error in the 11th inning, scoring the eventual winning run in a see-saw affair, 7-6

Michael Conforto drove in the game-winning run on an error in the 11th inning as the Mets overcame a blown eighth-inning lead to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 on Monday at Citizens Bank Park. >> Box score

Seven things to know about Monday's game

1) Conforto's two-out liner off Rhys Hoskins' glove trickled into shallow right field, allowing Juan Lagares to score from second base ahead of Cesar Hernandez's off-line throw to break a 6-6 tie.

2) Edwin Diaz, who did not enter the game for a four-out save in the eighth inning, struck out the side in the bottom of the 11th as the Mets snapped a two-game losing streak.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Philadelphia Phillies, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Keon Broxton (23) gets high fives after scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Keon Broxton (23) gets high fives after scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The main Mets headlines continue to center around replacing Jason Vargas with Dallas Keuchel, and whether to sign Craig Kimbrel to beef up the bullpen.

Here are four under the radar stories worth noting...

1) Broxton is better than Lagares

Tags: Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three run homer in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three run homer in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (9-4, first place in NL East) face the Braves (7-6, third place in NL East) on Saturday night in Atlanta at 7:20 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets have won three games in a row for the second time this season and have the best winning percentage (.692) in the National League. ... The Mets are 23-12 in their last 35 games in Atlanta. ... Jason Vargas has a 2.72 ERA over his last nine starts (49.2 innings) dating back to Aug. 14, 2018. ... All six of Pete Alonso's homers have come off relievers in the seventh inning or later. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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Mets defeat Marlins 7-3 00:01:34
All anyone could talk about after the Mets 7-3 win over Miami was Pete Alonso's huge home run in the 9th inning.

Amed Rosario hit a go-ahead RBI single and Pete Alonso broke the game open with a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning as the Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Monday at Marlins Park. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Rosario broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI single off Drew Steckenrider with two runners on and one out in the top of the ninth. Alonso then followed with a 444-foot homer to center field to give the Mets a four-run lead.

2) Edwin Diaz pitched into and out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the ninth. After a leadoff walk and back-to-back singles, Diaz struck out Jorge AlfaroPeter O'Brien and pinch hitter JT Riddle to end the game. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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1st MLB home run for Pete Alonso 00:00:13
Pete Alonso hit his first MLB home run in the 9th inning against the Marlins. It was a huge 444 foot 3-run bomb.

The Polar Bear really got into this one, and it could be the first of many. After the Mets had just taken the lead in the ninth, Pete Alonso crushed a three-run homer to center field on the first pitch he saw to give the Mets a 7-3 advantage, the first home run of his MLB career.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso
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Mickey Callaway (SNY)
Mickey Callaway (SNY)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway spoke with reporters Thursday before Opening Day against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.

The takeaways...

  • As Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen have said, there will not be a platoon at first base. A platoon would have meant Dominic Smith starting most days. Instead, it seems Pete Alonso will start at first base most days.
Tags: Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, Peter Alonso, Danny Abriano
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In the wake of making the postseason in 2015 and 2016, the Mets have gone 147-177, fired their manager, watched the face of their franchise retire, and have taken a gamble by hiring a former agent to lead their revival.

In five months, Brodie Van Wagenen has modernized the organization's front office and staff, has added five former All Stars, stabilized the depth and back end of the roster, and inked Jacob deGrom to a contract extension. At the same time, during the past two years, a shift has been created in the NL East with a large crop of young talent emerging and older players either leaving or switching teams.

The dust has settled and, to the surprise of most New York fans -- myself included -- the Mets are projected to contend for the NL East title. However, so are three other teams...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets double up Nationals 00:01:15
Jeff McNeil had a bases-clearing double and Juan Lagares belted a long home run as the Mets defeated the Nationals, 8-4 at Port St. Lucie.

The Mets beat the Nationals, 8-4, at First Data Field on Sunday in Port St. Lucie >> Box score

Five things to know about Thursday's game...

1) Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and would have been 3-for-4 (with a double added in) if not for a missed fair/foul call on a ball hit down the right field line. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Mar 22, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) delivers a pitch in the first inning of a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 22, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) delivers a pitch in the first inning of a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

The other half of the split-squad Mets couldn't take down the Astros on Friday night in a 7-3 loss on the road. >> Box score

Five things to know about Friday's game...

1) Jason Vargas got the start in this second game for the Mets, and it was a decent one. He started strong, allowing only a solo homer to Yuli Gurriel in the bottom of the second. And he still kept the lead in tact when George Springer laced an RBI double to make it a 3-2 game. But, when the sixth came around, he allowed a homer to Alex Bregman, and Robinson Chirinos' double allowed a runner to score that was charged to Vargas despite being pulled for Edwin Diaz. Overall, he allowed four earned on six hits while striking out three and walking two over 5.2 innings. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Houston Astros, Jason Vargas, Juan Lagares, Luis Guillorme
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Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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With Opening Day one week away, things are starting to come into focus for the Mets. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 3.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  4. Steven Matz, LHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mar 4, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) hits a single against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 4, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) hits a single against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

At one point, Dom Smith was the first baseman of the future for the Mets. Now that mantle has been passed to Pete Alonso, but Smith isn't going down without a fight. 

He's been hitting well this spring, going 1-for-3 Sunday with an RBI to raise his average to .423. And if Alonso winds up heading north with the team following spring training, Smith sees a possible path for him to go along for the ride as well: playing the outfield. 

"I love it," Smith said, according to Anthony Reiber of Newsday. "I'm all in for it. It's something I hope they do. It would add flexibility and would just make our team better." 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso
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Yoenis Cespedes (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Yoenis Cespedes (52) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes -- who has a long rehab road ahead of him -- will start a throwing program on Monday, manager Mickey Callaway said after Sunday's game.

Cespedes, who has been in Port St. Lucie at times during Spring Training, said on Feb. 15 that he expected to return at some point this season from the dual heel surgery he had last summer. 

"At this moment, I do feel like I will return," Cespedes told the media through a translator. "It may be three months (before the season ends), it may be two months, it may be one month."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) doubles in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) doubles in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (7-8-1) host the Cardinals (6-7) on Sunday at First Data Field at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX. 

Mets Notes...

Amed Rosario returns to the lineup for the first time since exiting the game on March 4 after getting hit in the hand with a pitch. ... Jeff McNeil gets the start at third base as the Mets prepare for the possibility that neither Todd Frazier or Jed Lowrie will be ready for Opening Day. ... Steven Matz is on the mound. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With Opening Day three weeks away, the Mets are dealing with injuries to Jed Lowrie and Todd Frazier, getting terrific Spring Training production from a refreshed Dominic Smith, and slowly working Travis d'Arnaud back into the swing of things. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 2.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Steven Matz, LHP
  4. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Travis and Zack on Mets win 00:01:08
Travis d'Arnaud comments on his spring training debut while Zack Wheeler talks about his lack of command in today's outing vs. the Cards

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 10-8, on Sunday afternoon in Jupiter >> Box score

Five things to know about Sunday's game

1. Dominic Smith, battling for a spot on the Opening Day roster -- and potentially the starting job at first base -- had a huge game, going 3-for-4 (including a mammoth three-run homer he hit to right field. He is hitting .500 this spring. 

2. Zack Wheeler struggled in what was his second spring start, allowing three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out one in 1.2 innings.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 25, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Denard Span (4) hits a two-run double against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Sep 25, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Denard Span (4) hits a two-run double against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

Spring Training commenced on Saturday throughout the league, but the Mets could still be in the market to add another outfielder. 

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported that the Mets are among possible destinations for free agent Denard Span

Span, who turns 35 next week, hit .261/.341/.419 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI in 137 games last year with the Mariners and Rays. 

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Best of Mickey Callaway 00:02:44
For the first time this spring, Mickey Callaway officially talked to the press. He discussed lessons learned, Cespedes and deGrom's status.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway spoke with reporters Wednesday afternoon for the first time since arrivnig at Spring Training.

Here are the takeaways...

Lessons he learned in 2018

Tags: Jason Vargas, Juan Lagares, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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McNeil is good to play anywhere 00:02:13
Jeff McNeil is excited for Spring Training and looking forward to playing wherever the Mets need him.

Jeff McNeil hasn't played in the outfield with any semblance of regularity in more than half a decade. But he's not losing sleep over his transition to come in Port St. Lucie this spring.

During an interview Monday on WFAN, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen reiterated how he anticipates most of McNeil's playing time coming in the outfield. The 26-year-old has mostly played second and third base since the Mets selected him in the 12th round of the 2013 draft.

"McNeil we see being a primary guy in the outfield," Van Wagenen told WFAN's Mike Francesa. "His focus in spring training is gonna be a transition to the outfield because we think we can be a lethal lineup with a McNeil, (Michael) Conforto, (Brandon) Nimmo outfield against right-handed pitching."

 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets GM addresses offseason 00:03:13
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen shares his thoughts on Peter Alonso, the chances for more offseason deals, and Jacob deGrom's contract status.

After introducing Jed Lowrie on Wednesday at Citi Field, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen stopped short of saying the team is done making big moves this offseason. But he said an outfield upgrade is not a 'top priority' at the moment.

"If other opportunities present themselves down the road, we'll be open to them," Van Wagenen said during the press conference introducing Lowrie. But he went into greater detail during his scrum with reporters after.

"Let's be candid. The outfield is probably not our top priority at this point because with (Jeff) McNeil going out to the outfield, he gives us another really good weapon to be in the lineup on a potentially everyday basis," Van Wagenen said. "By adding Keon Broxton in a trade a couple of weeks ago, he now gives us even more coverage, protection, and competition for (Juan) Lagares out there."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Houston Astros third baseman J.D. Davis bats during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Astros third baseman J.D. Davis bats during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has spoken repeatedly about eliminating the team's "ifs" for the 2019 season. Over the weekend, he executed a series of trades intended to do just that.

Time will tell if Van Wagenen and his evaluators chose the right players to acquire, or parted with a prospect who will develop into a productive major leaguer. But the GM's goal was to create contingency plans that will at least reduce the number of ifs on the roster.

Tags: Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Andy Martino
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Jul 4, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton (23) makes a leaping catch of a fly ball hit by Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) (not pictured) during the ninth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Jul 4, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton (23) makes a leaping catch of a fly ball hit by Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) (not pictured) during the ninth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

The Mets made two minor moves on Saturday as they continue to add depth to the roster. 

In a trade with the Brewers, the Mets acquired outfielder Keon Broxton in exchange for right-hand pitchers Bobby Wahl and Adam Hill and infielder Felix Valerio. 

The Mets also signed left-handed pitcher Hector Santiago to a minor-league deal, per SNY's Andy Martino. 

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While the Mets' projected starting outfield currently consists of Michael Conforto, Juan Lagares and Brandon Nimmo, that doesn't mean that will be their outfield come Opening Day.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is still pursuing another outfielder, SNY's Andy Martino said Wednesday afternoon, and repeatedly said in late 2018 he hoped to add an everyday center fielder as opposed to another corner outfielder.

With Yoenis Cespedes' return date unclear -- top advisor Omar Minaya said, "If [Cespedes] gives us anything this year, that is gravy." -- that further indicates the team's need for another outfielder. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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This past Monday, I wrote that I expected Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen to do the following five things by end of the week's MLB Winter Meetings, which concluded Thursday.

So, what did he do, what didn't he do, and how will he approach the rest of the offseason?

1. Sign a high-end free-agent reliever

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With trade speculation dominating the offseason, here's list of Mets who have been rumored in deals, where they rank from most likely to be traded to least likely, and why.

1. OF Juan Lagares

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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May 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) grimaces after catching a ball in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) grimaces after catching a ball in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets are "shopping around" Juan Lagares for a potential trade, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

The 29-year-old Lagares, who is currently playing in the Dominican Winter League, had his 2018 season end in mid-May after toe surgery.

He has one year and $9 million left on his deal, along with a $9.5 million option for 2020 that can be bought out for $500,000. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | If Mets fans were looking for a sign of genuine hope on Tuesday, the most significant wasn't the donning of the jerseys by Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, but rather the stars in Jeff Wilpon's eyes when he spoke admiringly of his new GM, Brodie Van Wagenen.

Suffice it to say there could be a direct correlation to a higher payroll for 2019.

"Brodie's got his fingers in on everything right now," Wilpon said to reporters at Citi Field. "I haven't seen anybody with this much drive and determination in a long time."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, John Harper
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Oct 10, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated by catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) for hitting a solo home run during the second inning in game two of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Oct 10, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated by catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) for hitting a solo home run during the second inning in game two of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

The Mets announced some roster moves on Friday, that included reinstating players like Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud back to the 40-man roster. 

With MLB free agency officially beginning, it is procedure that players on the 60-day DL this season get reinstated to the roster. Other than Cespedes and d'Arnaud, Juan Lagares, T.J. Rivera, Eric Hanhold and Bobby Wahl were all placed on the roster that has been increased to 38 players. 

Also, INF Jack Reinheimer was claimed off waivers by the Cubs, while LHP P.J. Conlon was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse. 

Tags: Jamie Callahan, Juan Lagares, Phillip Evans, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) hopes to resume running soon as he works his way back from the DL, manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday.

The Mets are in dire need of Cespedes, with Jay Bruce recently landing on the DL due to multiple injuries, and Juan Lagares out for the season. 

Brandon Nimmo has been incredible and Michael Conforto is heating up, but the other outfield position is being held together by a combination of Jose Bautista and Dominic Smith -- with Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes the only other outfield options.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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