Player News - Mets

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Steven Matz has stopped throwing his slider this season in hopes that it will help him stay healthy.

Matz didn't throw the pitch coming up through the minors, but, like many other Mets hurlers along the way, was taught the "Warthen slider" by pitching coach Dan Warthen once he reached the big leagues. It can be a nasty offering but also puts a tremendous amount of stress on the elbow, so it's probably best that the injury-prone Matz has decided to ditch it. Worth noting is that Matz's strikeouts are down this season so far in his first three starts (14 in 20 innings), although he did whiff eight over six frames against the Dodgers on Thursday.
Jun 23 - 9:33 AM

Mets transferred LHP Tommy Milone from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Chase Bradford. Milone now isn't eligible to return from his knee sprain until late July.
Jun 23 - 8:13 AM

Mets signed RHP Mitch Atkins to a minor league contract.

Akins, 31, had been pitching for the independent league Somerset Patriots. The righty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 and is merely organizational depth.
Jun 23 - 8:07 AM

Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

Granderson led off the game with a solo home run off Hyun-Jin Ryu. The homer was his ninth of the season. Overall, the veteran outfielder is hitting .225/.315/.437 in 69 games played. He has gone yard in back-to-back contests.
Jun 23 - 1:49 AM

Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

D'Arnaud cranked a solo homer off Hyun-Jin Ryu in the fourth inning. He is now working on a little five-game hitting streak. Despite showing a nice bit of pop in the bat this season -- eight homers in 129 at-bats -- d'Arnaud is hitting just .226 overall.
Jun 23 - 1:48 AM

Steven Matz surrendered three runs on three hits over six innings while taking a no-decision in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

Matz did a nice job of limiting the hits and runs, but this was far from a crisp outing. While he did strike out eight over six innings, he also walked five and surrendered a pair of homers -- Justin Turner (solo shot) and Kike Hernandez (two-run shot) both burned him in the third inning. He will bring a 3.60 ERA and 1.10 WHIP into a road start against the Marlins next time he toes the rubber. On the whole, he has pitched well enough in his first three starts of the season after missing the first two months of the campaign working through an elbow injury.
Jun 23 - 1:45 AM

Rafael Montero will start Sunday against the Giants.

He's taking Zack Wheeler's spot in the rotation. Montero has struggled as a starter this year, going 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in his two starts. Even against a struggling Giants team, Montero won't be a recommended streaming option.
Jun 22 - 8:34 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said the team will consider moving Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) to second base when he returns from the disabled list.

Cabrera is expected to return on Friday. He's already made 11 errors this year and Collins would prefer to keep Jose Reyes at shortstop. T.J. Rivera has been filling in at second base for Neil Walker, who is out with a torn hamstring. Cabrera has started 197 games at second base in his career, though he hasn't played there since 2014.
Jun 22 - 8:28 PM

Mets optioned RHP Tyler Pill to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Pill struggled in a spot start Wednesday against the Dodgers, allowing six runs over six innings of work. He could probably benefit from a little more seasoning in the minors.
Jun 22 - 7:40 PM

Mets purchased the contract of RHP Chase Bradford from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Tyler Pill was sent down in the corresponding move. Bradford hasn't been overly impressive this year, contributing a 4.26 ERA with nine saves in 13 opportunities for Vegas. This will be his first stint in the big leagues.
Jun 22 - 7:39 PM

Curtis Granderson paced the Mets with three hits in Wednesday’s loss to the Dodgers.

Granderson greeted the Dodgers by crushing a solo blast off left-hander Rich Hill in the game’s first at-bat. He also singled in the third before capping his night with an RBI double in the ninth inning to finish a triple shy of the cycle. Wednesday was only Granderson’s second three-hit game of 2017. For the season he’s batting just .220 with eight homers, 20 RBI and three steals.
Jun 22 - 2:07 AM

Tyler Pill struggled in Wednesday’s loss to the Dodgers, surrendering five hits, six runs (five earned) and three walks over six lackluster innings.

He finished with six strikeouts. Pill had trouble keeping the ball in the park, allowing a three-run jack to Yasiel Puig in the fourth inning and a solo shot to Yasmany Grandal in the sixth. Only 60 of his 107 pitches went for strikes. Pill was making a spot start Wednesday and could be headed back to the minors.
Jun 22 - 2:02 AM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that Zack Wheeler (biceps) is only expected to miss one start.

Wheeler landed on the 10-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis Wednesday, retroactive to June 20. He had been shellacked for 15 runs in 3 2/3 innings over his last two starts, with his ERA skyrocketing from 3.45 to 5.29 in that short space. If nothing else, this (hopefully) short disabled list stint could help him to clear his head.
Jun 21 - 7:11 PM

Michael Conforto is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.

Presumably this is simply a normal day off for Conforto, who was dealing with a stiff back last week. There has been no indication that this rest day is related to the prior injury. Curtis Granderson will lead off and man center in his place on Wednesday.
Jun 21 - 6:48 PM

Mets recalled RHP Erik Goeddel from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Goeddel will work in middle relief now that he is back up with the Mets. Should he get into a game, it would be the 28-year-old right-hander's first in the bigs this season. During the 2016 campaign, he pitched to a 4.54 ERA and 36/14 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings while bouncing back-and-forth between Triple-A and the Mets.
Jun 21 - 6:08 PM


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