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Report: Max Scherzer could make return Sunday in Miami

June 20, 2022, 9:57 PM

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New York right-hander Max Scherzer will make his first rehab assignment in Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday with an eye toward reportedly returning to the Mets on Sunday in Miami.

The New York Post reported that Scherzer could return against the Marlins this weekend if all goes well Tuesday night.

Scherzer, 37, is expected to throw 60-70 pitches for Binghamton as he rehabs from an oblique injury. Scherzer has been out since May 18. He threw a 50-pitch sim game Thursday.

Sunday marks 5 1/2 weeks since Scherzer strained his oblique, an injury the Mets said at the time would sideline the three-time Cy Young Award winner for 6-8 weeks.

In his first year with the Mets, Scherzer is 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA over his first eight starts. Scherzer signed a three-year, $130 million contract with New York in free agency last December.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals
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Marlins put Cole Sulser on IL, recall Jimmy Yacabonis

June 15, 2022, 5:23 PM

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The Miami Marlins placed right-handed reliever Cole Sulser (right lat strain) on the 15-day injured list and recalled right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis from Triple-A, among several moves Wednesday.

The Marlins also placed RHP Edward Cabrera (right elbow tendinitis) on the 15-day IL and recalled southpaw Daniel Castano from Triple-A Jacksonville. The Marlins also moved LHP Jesus Luzardo to the 60-day IL to make room for Yacabonis on the 40-man roster.

Sulser's and Cabrera's stints are retroactive to Monday.

Sulser, 32, is 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA and two saves in 26 appearances this season, his first in Miami. The Marlins acquired Sulser from Baltimore in April. He last appeared Sunday, pitching 2/3 of an inning against Houston. He has a strikeout ratio of 10.0 per nine innings.

Yacabonis, 30, has yet to appear for the Marlins. He's 3-5 with a 5.71 ERA in 57 career appearances (12 starts) for the Orioles and Seattle Mariners. Yacabonis is out of minor league options, meaning the Marlins must keep him on the active roster or designate him for assignment.

Cabrera, 24, is 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA in three starts this season.

Castano, 27, is 0-1 without an ERA in three appearances with the Marlins this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets
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Mets ace Max Scherzer (oblique) to pitch sim game Thursday

June 14, 2022, 10:01 PM

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New York Mets star pitcher Max Scherzer is planning to pitch in a simulated game Thursday as he makes his return from an oblique strain.

In his first year with the Mets, Scherzer is 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA over his first eight starts but suffered a "moderate to high grade" oblique strain May 18.

Scherzer said he also received a platelet-rich plasma shot shortly after the injury.

Scherzer told reporters that he wasn't satisfied with his recovery so far, "because I'm not back," but admitted progress has been made.

"With the trainers here, we've done a great job of getting back to 90 percent, but I'm still in the fight here to try to get back to 100 percent," Scherzer said.

Scherzer signed a three-year, $130 million contract with New York in free agency last December.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets
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Mets' Pete Alonso, Starling Marte exit with injuries

June 8, 2022, 2:35 AM

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The New York Mets lost two starters to injuries in the first two innings of their Tuesday road game against the San Diego Padres.

Pete Alonso exited after being hit on the right hand by a pitch from Yu Darvish in the second inning. J.D. Davis pinch-ran for Alonso and remained in the game to play first base.

Entering the bottom of the second, right fielder Starling Marte came out to his position but was replaced by Mark Canha. An inning earlier, Marte appeared to get injured while he was thrown out trying to steal second base. He consulted with team staff and ended up staying in the game briefly before eventually leaving.

Darvish hit three of the first five Mets batters with pitches. Entering the night, the Mets had been hit by 37 pitches, easily the highest total in the major leagues.

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets
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Mets’ Max Scherzer gets bitten by dog on pitching hand

June 4, 2022, 10:38 PM

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New York Mets right-hander Max Scherzer was bitten by a dog on his pitching hand, the three-time Cy Young winner confirmed via social media Saturday.

The New York Post originally reported the bite.

Scherzer, who was off to a 5-1 start (2.54 ERA) this season before going on the injured list with a left oblique strain May 19, said on Twitter that the new injury, inflicted by his dog Rafi, cost him a day of throwing but will have no effect on his rehab, which is still expected to take six to eight weeks in total.

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If the dog bite or any other potential setbacks don't cause any slowdown, the 37-year-old should make his return sometime in July.

Scherzer, who inked a three-year, $130 million contract with the Mets last fall, is an eight-time All-Star and had quickly become a key fixture in the Mets' rotation.

Scherzer has played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Mets over a 15-year career. He is 195-98 with a 3.15 ERA and 3,079 strikeouts in 415 games (406 starts).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins
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Marlins send homer-prone RHP Elieser Hernandez to Triple-A

June 4, 2022, 6:18 PM

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The Miami Marlins optioned right-hander Elieser Hernandez to Triple-A Jacksonville on Saturday after he opened the season with a 6.75 ERA.

Hernandez, 27, has made 11 appearances this season, nine of them starts. His 18 home runs allowed are the most in baseball heading into Saturday's slate of games.

No corresponding roster move has been named. With an open rotation spot Sunday against the San Francisco Giants, the Marlins are expected to recall left-hander Braxton Garrett, who has not pitched in the major leagues this season.

In 10 career games with the Marlins (nine starts) in 2020-21, he is 2-3 with a 5.18 ERA.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-San Francisco Giants at New York Mets
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Mets demote slugger Dominic Smith to minors

May 31, 2022, 11:35 PM

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The New York Mets sent struggling first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith to their Triple-A minor league affiliate in Syracuse on Tuesday.

The left-handed hitting Smith, who last played a minor league game in 2019, was replaced on the roster by right-hander Adonis Medina.

Smith, who turns 27 next month, has posted a career-low batting line in his 39 games this season (.186/.287/.256) with just five extra-base hits in 101 plate appearances.

The slugger has not homered this season, and his longball drought dates back to July 21, 2021 -- lasting 93 consecutive games and 230 official at-bats.

Smith is a former first-round pick (No. 11 overall) in the 2013 MLB Draft by the Mets. He smacked 32 home runs over the previous three seasons combined until his homerless campaign thus far in 2022.

Medina, 25, has pitched in four games (all in relief) this season for the Mets in separate stints. He is 1-0 with a 5.87 ERA, allowing five runs and 10 hits with seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. He has not walked a batter, but has plunked three this season.

Medina earned his first major league win on May 5 at the expense of his former team, the Philadelphia Phillies. A native of the Dominican Republic, he tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings as the Mets rallied from a 7-1 ninth-inning deficit to win 8-7.

--Field Level Media

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Reds trade INF/OF JT Riddle to Mets for cash

May 29, 2022, 7:41 PM

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The Cincinnati Reds traded infielder/outfielder JT Riddle to the New York Mets for cash considerations Sunday.

The Mets assigned the 30-year-old journeyman to Triple-A Syracuse.

Riddle appeared in two games for Cincinnati this season and had one hit in four at-bats.

He batted .208 with three homers and five RBIs in 27 games with Triple-A Louisville this season.

He is a career .223 hitter with 19 homers and 80 RBIs in 252 games with the Miami Marlins (2017-19), Pittsburgh Pirates (2020), Minnesota Twins (2021) and Reds.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Houston Astros at New York Mets
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Mets ace Jacob deGrom optimistic about shoulder injury

May 28, 2022, 11:50 PM

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New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom said Saturday that his injured right shoulder blade feels "completely normal."

The right-hander said he is waiting to receive clearance from the team's medical staff to resume throwing off a mound and hopes to soon throw a bullpen session.

"I feel completely normal," deGrom told reporters prior to Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. "So I think that's where it's going to be like, do we push it? Do we not? That'll be the discussion over the next few days, and when we get on the mound, what is the safest way to go about this?"

The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner played catch on Friday -- ranging up to 135 feet -- and feels confident that the stress reaction in his scapula is healing.

The 33-year-old deGrom has been plagued by recent arm injuries. He missed the second half of last season due to elbow issues and hasn't pitched in a game since last July 7.

The four-time All-Star was placed on the injured list on April 7 and transferred to the 60-day IL on May 10. deGrom won't be eligible to come off the list until June 6.

He also doesn't want to experience another setback.

"It stinks not being out there," deGrom said. "That's what we love doing, competing, and haven't been able to compete in quite some time. So that's where it's like, you want to go out, you want to go probably more than you're supposed to, but then you got to look at it as, if you go too early, you're going to end up missing more time. So it's trying to balance all that."

In 15 starts last season, deGrom went 7-2 with a 1.08 ERA, striking out 146 batters in 92 innings.

The winner of the National League Cy Young Award in 2018 and 2019, deGrom is 77-53 with a 2.50 ERA in 198 career starts over eight seasons with the Mets.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves
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Marlins reinstate IF Joey Wendle, P Richard Bleier from IL

May 27, 2022, 1:52 AM

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The Miami Marlins bolstered their depth in the field and in the bullpen on Thursday when they reinstated infielder Joey Wendle and left-hander Richard Bleier from the injured list.

Wendle hit .304 with two homers, 10 RBIs and four stolen bases in his first 25 games this season before a hamstring strain sent him to the IL. He played 16 games at third base while also filling in at shortstop and second base.

He is in his first season in Miami after spending the previous four years with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Marlins acquired Wendle on Nov. 30 in exchange for minor-leaguer Kameron Misner.

Bleier is 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 11 relief appearances. He has walked two and struck out six in 8 2/3 innings.

The Marlins optioned catcher Payton Henry and infielder Joe Dunand to Triple-A Jacksonville in corresponding roster moves.

Miami also returned infielder Erik Gonzalez to Jacksonville, added infielder Luke Williams to the 40-man roster and assigned him to Triple-A Jacksonville, and transferred right-hander Paul Campbell (elbow) to the 60-day injured list.

Williams was acquired earlier Thursday in a minor league deal that sent infielder Hayden Cantrelle to the San Francisco Giants.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Francisco Giants at New York Mets
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Reports: Mets reach deal with RHP Chris Bassitt

May 21, 2022, 7:22 PM

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The New York Mets avoided arbitration with right-hander Chris Bassitt by signing him to a one-year, $8.8 million contract Saturday, according to multiple reports.

He will earn $8.65 million in salary this season. The deal includes a $19 million mutual option for 2023 with a $150,000 buyout, per the reports.

An arbitration hearing was scheduled for Monday. Bassitt was seeking $9 million and the Mets had countered at $8.3 million.

Bassitt, 33, is off to a strong start this season with a 4-2 record, a 2.77 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings over eight starts.

Named a first-time All-Star last season with the Oakland Athletics, Bassitt was traded to the Mets on March 12 for right-hander Adam Oller and minor league right-hander J.T. Ginn.

Bassitt is 35-27 with a 3.41 ERA in 114 games (101 starts) for the Chicago White Sox (2014), A's (2015-16, 2018-21) and Mets.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies
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Mets at Rockies postponed, doubleheader on Saturday

May 20, 2022, 6:20 PM

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Friday night's series opener between the New York Mets and host Colorado Rockies was postponed due to inclement weather in the Denver area.

The game will be made up at 1:10 p.m. MT on Saturday as part of a split doubleheader, with first pitch for the second game at 6:40 p.m. MT.

The Rockies (18-19) have lost eight of their last 10 coming into the three-game series. The Mets (26-14) led the National League East by seven games entering Friday's action.

The scheduled starters for Friday's postponed contest were Mets right-hander Carlos Carrasco (3-1, 3.73 ERA) and Rockies righty German Marquez (1-3, 6.16).

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets
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Report: MRI confirms oblique injury for Mets P Max Scherzer

May 19, 2022, 4:46 PM

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An MRI on Thursday confirmed a left oblique injury for New York Mets right-hander Max Scherzer, MLB Network reported.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner likely is headed to the injured list and could be sidelined up to a month.

Scherzer, 37, exited after 5 2/3 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals with discomfort in his left side Wednesday night. The right-hander earned the win to improve to 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA in eight starts.

Scherzer, facing likely fellow future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols, made a throat slashing motion and appeared to say "I'm done" after sailing a slider out of the strike zone with two runners on base. He departed after a brief consultation with pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, manager Buck Showalter and a trainer.

"In that Pujols at-bat, just felt a zing on my left side and just knew I was done," Scherzer said after the game. "Don't know exactly what the exact injury is, but (I've) never had a left side injury before. So when I felt it, I just knew there's no way you can throw another pitch. So just get out of there."

Scherzer, who signed a three-year, $130 million contract with the Mets in November, said he was hoping to avoid a major injury.

An eight-time All-Star, Scherzer is 195-98 with a 3.15 ERA and 3,079 strikeouts in 415 games (406 starts) with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Mets.

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets
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Mets' Max Scherzer leaves game with left side injury

May 19, 2022, 2:51 AM

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New York Mets ace right-hander Max Scherzer left his start Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals with two outs in the sixth inning due to discomfort in his left side.

The team announced that he would undergo testing on Thursday to explore the issue.

Scherzer was ahead 0-1 on Albert Pujols when he sailed a slider out of the strike zone. The 37-year-old three-time Cy Young Award winner almost immediately signaled for the dugout.

SNY's cameras captured Scherzer making a throat-slashing motion and appearing to say, "I'm done." Pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, manager Buck Showalter and a trainer trotted out of the dugout, and Scherzer left with the trainer after a brief consultation.

Scherzer, signed a three-year, $130 million deal in the offseason, wound up as the winning pitcher as the Mets prevailed 11-4. He allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and no walks with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday. Adam Ottavino relieved Scherzer and received credit for striking out Pujols.

Scherzer is 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA through eight outings, and he is serving as the Mets' No. 1 starter in the absence of Jacob deGrom.

Scherzer had his Mets debut delayed a day due to a mild hamstring injury. He didn't pitch as scheduled in Game 6 of last year's National League Championship Series because he was still battling residual soreness from his appearance in Game 5 of the NL Division Series, when he earned the save for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Scherzer also battled a neck injury during the 2019 World Series. He was slated to start Game 5 for Washington but got pushed back to Game 7, when he tossed five innings of two-run ball as the Nationals beat the Houston Astros to win the championship.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Houston Astros at New York Mets
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Mets: Jacob deGrom MRI shows 'continued healing'

May 17, 2022, 4:22 PM

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New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom has "continued healing" in his injured right scapula and will "continue to build distance and velocity in his throwing program," the team announced Tuesday.

deGrom underwent an MRI exam on Monday.

The Mets didn't announce a timeline for his return to the mound and said they'd provide "an update on his progress when appropriate."

It was the third MRI since late March for the 33-year-old right-hander, who landed on the injured list on April 7 with a stress reaction on his right shoulder blade.

He was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 10 and won't be eligible to come off the list until June 6.

The four-time All-Star has not pitched in a game since July 7, 2021. In 15 starts last season, deGrom went 7-2 with a 1.08 ERA, striking out 146 batters in 92 innings.

The winner of the National League Cy Young Award in 2018 and 2019, deGrom is 77-53 with a 2.50 ERA in 198 career starts over eight seasons with the Mets.

--Field Level Media