The hits kept on coming for the Mets this week, and not in a good way.
David Wright terminated his rehab assignment Monday as he continued to feel pain in his shoulder after playing in just three games with St. Lucie. On Monday, it was announced that Wright will have surgery to repair his right rotator cuff.
Otherwise, it was another rough week for the Mets. First they dropped two of three games in Cincinnati. From there it was a trip to Houston and a sweep at the hands of the Astros. New York did manage to beat the Phillies on Labor Day.
Michael Conforto's breakout season has ended on a sour note. He was diagnosed with a torn posterior capsule in his shoulder and is expected to undergo surgery. While the recovery timetable isn't known at this time, he is projected to be sidelined four-to-six months. Another bright spot this season has been Wilmer Flores, who suffered a broken nose when he fouled a ball back off his face Saturday. The Mets remain hopeful that he can return to action later this week.
Speaking of injuries, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard each made progress this week. Harvey returned to a big league mound in Houston. Although he was knocked around over just two innings, it was at the very least a first step toward putting his injury behind him. Syndergaard made his first rehab appearance in Low-A ball and called it a "huge" day for him.
One player in the organization who isn't suffering from injury is Tim Tebow. He is out to prove to naysayers that he's in baseball for the long haul, stating that he would like to remain in the Mets organization moving forward.
The Mets host the Phillies and the Reds for the remainder of the week.
There is still meaningful baseball being played in the Bronx. The Yankees are trying to stay in the American League East Division race while fighting off those clawing at their Wild Card spot as the final stretch of the season is underway.
It was a rough start to the week for the Yankees, dropping all three games to the visiting Indians. However, taking three out of four from the Red Sox put the wind back in the Bombers' sails, and they won their third straight game by defeating the Orioles on Labor Day. New York is just two and a half games behind Boston for the division lead at the start of Tuesday.
This could be the final season Masahiro Tanaka plays in pinstripes. He has an opt-out clause following this season and the Yankees will reportedly not enter a bidding war for his services should he choose to test the open market.
Matt Holliday was activated from the disabled list Friday and could provide the Yankees with a needed offensive spark as Aaron Judge continues to struggle at the plate and Aaron Hicks landing on the 10-day disabled list himself with an oblique injury.
One storyline worth keeping an eye on this offseason is Brian Cashman to Miami. Now that Derek Jeter's group is in place to assume ownership of the Marlins, there are rumblings that Jeter might try to lure Cashman to South Beach with his deal set to conclude with the Yankees at the end of the season.
The Yankees visit the Orioles and the Rangers this week.
Football is back! The NFL returns this week, with the Jets opening up in Buffalo on Sunday at 1 p.m. and the Giants playing in Dallas on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m.
Gang Green's defense will look different this season after trading Sheldon Richardson to Seattle. The Jets received wide out Jermaine Kearse and a second-round pick for Richardson. While this might be a rebuilding year for the Jets, veteran Josh McCown was named the starting quarterback by head coach Todd Bowles. Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty will be waiting in the wings as the Jets embark on what could be a long season.
Geno Smith won the battle to become Eli Manning's backup this season, making Josh Johnson expendable as the G-Men cut their roster down to 53. While the Giants possess one of the best secondaries in the NFL, it only got stronger this week with the addition of cornerback Ross Cockrell from the Steelers in exchange for a future draft pick.
Steve Tisch, co-owner of the Giants, is hopeful that Odell Beckham Jr. will play the rest of his career for Big Blue. But he did refrain from commenting on Beckham's stance to become the game's highest paid player earlier this summer.
Fifth-year senior Bryant Shirreffs came off the bench to lead UConn on three second-half scoring drives as the Huskies came from behind to beat Holy Cross, 27-20, on Thursday night in Randy Edsall's return as head coach.
UConn will host South Florida on Saturday, Sept. 9 at noon.
Women's basketball legend Sue Bird reached a WNBA milestone, becoming the league's all-time assist leader. The 36-year-old reached the feat behind a season-high 13 assist performance for the Seattle Storm in a 110-106 overtime loss to the Washington Mystic on Friday.
Rutgers football dropped their season opener to No. 8 Washington, 30-14, on Saturday. Kyle Bolin completed 24 of 34 passes for 178 yards with a pair of interceptions and touchdowns for the Scarlet Knights.
Eastern Michigan will visit Rutgers on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 3:30 p.m.
Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey completed his first 13 passes, the offense scored touchdowns on its first three drives, and the defense pitched a shutout in the first half in a dominant 50-7 win over Central Connecticut State.
Middle Tennessee visits Cuse on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 3:30 p.m.
Despite initial reports, John Tavares did not turn down an $84M extension offer from the Islanders. The two sides have yet to talk numbers involving a potential extension. Instead, Tavares wants to see how everything progresses with the organization as a whole over the next few months. Securing a long-term home is something Tavares is keeping a close eye on.
Former Rangers great Jean Ratelle will have his No. 19 retired by the organization Feb. 25 at Madison Square Garden. He played 16 seasons (1960-61 to 1975-76) with the Rangers and ranks second in goals and third in assists all-time for the franchise.
The Devils made two signings this week, forward Drew Stafford to a one-year deal and Will Butcher on a two-year entry level contract. Butcher won the Hobey Baker Award, given to the NCAA's top defenseman, last season after totaling seven goals and 30 assists.
The Knicks have resembled a soap opera more than a professional basketball team of late. This week did nothing to alter that notion.
It was widely speculated that Kristaps Porzingis skipped his exit meeting with team brass at the end of last season due to his frustration with then team president Phil Jackson. However, a report this week clarified that Porzingis was absent from that meeting because of a rocky relationship with head coach Jeff Hornacek.
After playing one year with the Knicks, Derrick Rose said last season was his most confusing ever on the court. With philosophy and offensive changes throughout the season, Rose found it complicated for the team to learn, gel and find a groove.
Caris LeVert joined SNY's Taylor Rooks on her 'Timeout' podcast this week to discuss his college days in Michigan, heightened expectations for the Brooklyn Nets this year and playing with teammate Jeremy Lin.
New York City FC had the week off while the Red Bulls played FC Dallas to a 1-1 draw Saturday night.
NYCFC returns to action Wednesday, Sept. 6 to host Sporting KC and the Red Bulls travel to Chicago on Saturday, Sept. 9.