Player News - Mets

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Yoenis Cespedes slugged a walk-off solo homer off Nick Wittgren in the 10th inning on Monday to lead the Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Marlins.

And there was no doubt about it from the moment it left his bat. It was his second career walk-off homer and his first since his debut season in the states in 2012. Cespedes was forced to sit out Sunday’s game in order to rest his quad, but he went 3-for-5 in his return to the lineup on Monday. The 30-year-old is batting .299/.370/.579 with 27 homers and 68 RBI through 103 games this season. The Mets will have to monitor the quad moving forward, but he’s capable of carrying the team down the stretch.
Aug 29 - 11:17 PM

Making a spot-start in place of Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero struggled with his control though six scoreless innings as part of a no-decision Monday against the Marlins.

Montero walked six batters and gave up a pair of hits while throwing just 54 out of 100 pitches for strikes, but he managed to keep the Marlins off the board. It wasn’t pretty, but the Mets will happily take it under the circumstances. He’ll likely head back down to the minors from here.
Aug 29 - 11:16 PM

Jose Reyes went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored Monday against the Marlins.

Reyes doubled to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning and moved over to third base after a fly out by Alejandro De Aza. He then scored the tying run after A.J. Ramos uncorked a wild pitch. Reyes collided with Ramos during the play at the plate, but fortunately for the short-handed Mets, he was able to stay in the ballgame. The 33-year-old is batting .281/.329/.474 with 15 extra-base hits (including four homers), 13 RBI, six steals, and 23 runs scored through 32 games.
Aug 29 - 11:15 PM

Mets recalled RHP Rafael Montero from Double-A Binghamton.

The Mets are skipping Jacob deGrom in the rotation, so Montero will make a spot-start Monday against the Marlins. The 25-year-old was a mess with Triple-A Las Vegas this season, but he has posted a 1.70 ERA and 38/18 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings over eight starts since his demotion to Double-A. Still, he doesn't come recommended in fantasy leagues.
Aug 29 - 5:50 PM

Mets optioned INF T.J. Rivera to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The move clears a spot for Monday's starter, Rafael Montero. Rivera should be back when rosters expand.
Aug 29 - 5:48 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce is not in Monday's lineup against the Marlins.

Bruce is batting just .165/.245/.271 over 94 plate appearances with the Mets and manager Terry Collins thinks a mental day off will do him some good. Yoenis Cespedes, Alejandro De Aza, and Curtis Granderson will start from left to right in the outfield.

Jacob deGrom will return to the Mets' rotation Friday against the Nationals.

DeGrom has struggled over his last two starts and will be skipped in the rotation on Monday in order to give him a bit of a breather. His return will push Noah Syndergaard's next start back to Saturday.
Aug 29 - 4:15 PM

Neil Walker (back) is out of the Mets' lineup again Monday against the Marlins.

Walker has now missed consecutive games due to a back injury from earlier this month. He's been red-hot for a while now, so his absence really hurts. Consider him day-to-day for now.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Walker and Cabrera out of the Mets lineup, it improves the spot for Jose Fernandez even further. Fernandez still owns an eye-popping 15.0 SwStr% and 35.4 K% (both top the list on tonight’s slate) so his ceiling is absolutely immense on any given day, especially considering the Mets own the league’s 7th highest K% against RHP (22.0%). If you are spending upwards of $10K on a SP, go ahead and pay all the way up for the Marlins ace.
Aug 29 - 4:08 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) is out of Monday's lineup against the Marlins.

Cabrera exited Sunday's game after aggravating a left knee injury in a collision at first base. It's unclear when the NL Player of the Week will be ready to return to action.
Aug 29 - 4:07 PM

Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is back in the Mets' lineup Monday against the Marlins.

Cespedes was held out of Sunday's lineup due to a mild aggravation of his recent quad injury, but he's going to try to give it a go on Monday. The Mets might have to try to manage it the rest of the way.
Aug 29 - 4:05 PM

Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario tallied three hits Sunday in Double-A Binghamton's loss to Bowie.

Rosario plated both Mets runs while collecting his 13th triple of the season. The 20-year-old has enjoyed a breakout year, hitting .319 with 22 doubles, 67 RBI and 16 steals across 445 at-bats for Binghamton and High-A St. Lucie. He's emerged as the Mets' top prospect and could arrive in the big leagues sooner than expected. Asdrubal Cabrera still has two years remaining on his contract so the Mets don't have to rush Rosario to the majors, though he could force the issue with another strong year in 2017.
Source: MILB.com
Aug 29 - 3:20 PM

Steven Matz (shoulder) is scheduled to return to the Mets' rotation Thursday versus the Marlins.

Matz made it through another successful throwing session on Sunday and woke up Monday with no abnormal discomfort, so it seems like all is well. He landed on the disabled list August 22, retroactive to August 15, with a mild left shoulder strain. The young southpaw owns a shiny 3.40 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 129/31 K/BB ratio through 132 1/3 innings this season with the Mets.
Aug 29 - 2:43 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce mostly failed in Sunday's loss to the Phillies, finishing 1-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Bruce has been a mess since coming over to the Mets at the trade deadline. In 85 at-bats with his new club, he has just two homers and six RBI. This after bopping 25 homers and driving in 80 runs with the Reds prior to the trade deadline. 2016 was shaping up to be Bruce's best season since 2013, but unless he turns it around over the next month-plus, it might be remembered mostly for the way that it ended.
Aug 28 - 5:59 PM

Robert Gsellman struggled late in Sunday's loss to the Phillies, yielding four runs on seven hits over six-plus innings.

Gsellman had allowed just one run when he trotted back out for seventh-inning duties. He wouldn't record an out in the frame, though, coughing up three singles to load the bases before being relieved of duty. All three runners would come around to score after he was out of the game. The 23-year-old right-hander is filling in for Jon Niese (knee) and could well start through to the end of the season depending on Niese's recovery from August knee surgery. A home start against the Nationals shows next on his schedule.
Aug 28 - 5:46 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera exited Sunday's game versus the Phillies with a sore left knee.

It looked like his arm was hurt in a collision at first base with Tommy Joseph, but apparently Cabrera aggravated the knee injury that recently cost him three weeks of action. The Mets could have more on his status after the game, but this could certainly be a disabled list situation.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 28 - 2:01 PM


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