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Brandon Nimmo could be Mets’ fifth outfielder for 2017

A hamstring injury might delay the start of his season. If not for a hamstring injury he suffered during a World Baseball Classic game, Brandon Nimmo would probably be a near lock to make the Mets’ Opening Day roster. The outfielder is one of many on the Mets’ 40-man roster, but given the context of all of the other players in that mix, Nimmo’s role would seem fairly clear, at least to start the season. If it seems like Nimmo has been with the Mets forever, that might be because this June will mark the sixth anniversary of the day the team drafted him in the first round with the 13th...

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Zack Wheeler is eager to return in 2017

One of the first big prospects of the Mets’ rebuild will try to re-establish himself in 2017. The last time Zack Wheeler was on the mound as a Met, he struck out more than a batter per inning and ran a 3.54 FIP over 185 innings. There were certainly warts, including his walk rate of nearly four per nine innings, but Wheeler’s stuff was electric and he was a new hope for Mets fans to enjoy while Matt Harvey recovered from Tommy John surgery. Unfortunately, that exciting young arm hasn’t been on the mound for two seasons, as Wheeler dealt with his own Tommy John surgery in 2015 and a...

Newark Star-Ledger

Does Mets' Juan Lagares' injury open the door for Michael Conforto?

The centerfielder left Saturday's game with a strained oblique, which work in favor of Michael Conforto.

New York Post

Lagares’ oblique may be clearing Conforto’s path to majors

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Mets’ center-field situation grew even murkier on Saturday — which could lead to Michael Conforto making the Opening Day roster. Juan Lagares suffered a strained left oblique while running out a foul ball in a 3-0 win over the Braves, and although Lagares said he didn’t think the injury was serious, Terry...

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Josh Smoker looks to build on promising rookie campaign

The lefty is competing for a spot in the Mets’ pen after posting big strikeout numbers in 2016. Josh Smoker showed some exciting potential after making his major league debut last year. Despite being victimized by the long ball, the lefty posted eye-popping strikeout numbers in 15.1 innings out of the Mets’ pen. The Nationals drafted Smoker in the first round of the 2007 draft. After a series of arm injuries temporarily derailed his career, the Nationals released him in 2013, and he then played independent ball before signing with the Mets in April 2015. Smoker was effective with the...

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Crafting a plan for Zack Wheeler’s 2017 season

If Wheeler remains healthy, let’s look at how the Mets might be able to manage his workload. In his most recent spring training outing, Zack Wheeler opened some eyes by sitting in the mid-90s with his fastball and touching 97. Having missed all of the past two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery shortly before the 2015 season began, Wheeler probably has to do more than reach that velocity to reestablish himself. But the fact that he was able to throw that hard at this point in spring training is encouraging. Assuming he doesn’t experience any setbacks and remains generally...

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Wilmer Flores should get a lot of playing time in 2017

The utility infielder is coming off of his best offensive season in the majors. The Mets enter the 2017 season with a whole lot of infield depth. Between Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, David Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, TJ Rivera, Matt Reynolds, Gavin Cecchini, and maybe even Amed Rosario, the team will likely have enough capable bodies to man each of the four infield positions. That said, most of those players has either suffered a recent major injury or has yet to establish himself in the big leagues. This makes Flores, an established major league utility infielder, a...

New York Post

Why Brandon Nimmo still has a shot to make the Mets

JUPITER, Fla. — Brandon Nimmo likes his chances of playing again this spring for the Mets. The rookie outfielder returned from the World Baseball Classic with a strained right hamstring, but an examination Wednesday indicated the injury might not be as serious as first believed, according to Nimmo. “It’s really improved a lot over the...

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Mets injury update: Brandon Nimmo could return to action this weekend

The outfielder had pulled a hamstring playing for Team Italy in the WBC. Brandon Nimmo’s hamstring strain is not as serious as initially thought, and he should be able to return to Grapefruit League action as soon as this Saturday, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Nimmo initially suffered a Grade 1 strain of his hamstring on Sunday while chasing down a triple in center field for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic. He was initially expected to miss a few weeks, but that has changed. The positive news is huge for Nimmo, who is fighting for a job on the Mets’ Opening Day...

New York Post

The Mets don’t know if Matt Harvey will ever be the same

JUPITER, Fla. — The search for Matt Harvey’s fastball will continue deep into spring training and perhaps beyond. When it will reemerge is anybody’s guess, but the Mets are even preparing for the unappetizing thought his 95-mph-plus heat may never return, in the aftermath of the surgery Harvey underwent last July for thoracic outlet syndrome....

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Dan Warthen says Matt Harvey’s on track to regain his fastball speed

Warthen says it may still take a couple of months to get there. Matt Harvey hasn’t been the fireballer he once was this spring, and it’s been the topic of much discussion and even panic among Mets fans. While Harvey’s fastball regularly hit the high 90s before his injury, this spring it’s been topping out at around 93 mph. So is it time to ring the alarm? Not according to Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen. Warthen spoke to Newsday’s Marc Carig, and was cautiously optimistic about Harvey’s progress. “He’ll probably have to pitch there for awhile,” Warthen told Carig. “Most...

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Yoenis Cespedes looks to carry the Mets to glory in 2017

The Mets gave Cespedes the contract, and now it’s time for him to deliver the goods. Yoenis Cespedes has been a linchpin in the Mets’ lineup since the moment he walked into Citi Field on August 1, 2015. After re-signing with the club, the outfielder dealt with nagging leg injuries for much of 2016, but he still posted a batting line of .280/.354/.530 with a 134 wRC+. He also produced the 12th-best average exit velocity in the league, and he knocked 31 homers in 132 games. But the most impressive part of his season was that it could’ve been even better. On September 1, Cespedes had a...

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Michael Conforto deserves a starting spot with the Mets in 2017

The young left-handed hitter is the future of the Mets’ outfield. After a strong debut with the Mets in 2015, Michael Conforto got off to a legendary start in 2016, producing a 196 wRC+ in March and April. Unfortunately, things went downhill quickly from there, as a lingering wrist injury sapped Conforto’s elite exit velocity and drove his production into the dirt over the next two months. Conforto spent much of the summer shuttling between Triple-A and the majors, performing tremendously in Las Vegas (221 wRC+) and less so with the Mets (96 wRC+). After the trade deadline he was...

Newark Star-Ledger

The day Yankees' Luis Cessa went from injured backup infielder to pitching prospect

Yankees right-handed rotation candidate was an 18-year-old struggling Rookie League infielder in the Mets' farm system when a possible career-ending left shoulder injury to a position change.

Newark Star-Ledger

Mets injury updates: David Wright is taking grounders

David Wright is working out and Brandon Nimmo is on his way back to Port St. Lucie.

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Seth Lugo to start for Puerto Rico in WBC against United States on Thursday

Lugo was great in his first WBC start. Mets pitcher Seth Lugo, who filled in admirably last year when the team’s starting rotation had several significant injuries, will start for Puerto Rico against the United States in the World Baseball Classic on Thursday. In his first outing in the WBC, Lugo was excellent. He threw five-and-one-third scoreless innings, struck out three, didn’t walk anyone, and gave up just one hit. Since the tournament takes place during spring training for the regular season, starting pitchers must not exceed pitch counts defined in the tournament’s rules. In...

SportsNet New York

Mets fall to Tigers, 4-3

Adam Wilk started for the Mets and gave up no runs and Kevin Plawecki picked up a hit in his return from injury, but Kyle Regnault gave up four runs in relief and the Mets lost to the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland on Sunday, 4-3.

Newark Star-Ledger

The changes Mets' Steven Matz made to avoid trainer's room

Lefty Steven Matz said his recent injuries weren't coincidental, but he's found a fix

New York Post

Ex-Mets GM on Harvey, Conforto role and Bruce trade value

SiriusXM analyst and former Mets GM Jim Duquette talks Matt Harvey expectations, two Mets concerns and the problem with trading Jay Bruce with The Post’s Justin Terranova. Q: What are your expectations for Harvey this season? A: He’s always going to be compared to his high level before the Tommy John [surgery] or even when...

Grand Rapids Press

Tigers Gameday: Jordan Zimmermann, Detroit seek momentum vs. Toronto

The Tigers saw some positive signs Thursday at Mets, and now theyre looking for more. LAKELAND, Fla. - Thursday was the first time in a while that the Detroit Tigers left a ball park feeling at least partially satisfied with their pitching. The Tigers had to settle for a 5-5 Grapefruit League tie with the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, but at least they saw a few positive signs. Jordan Zimmermann and crew will attempt to keep it going Friday when the Tigers host the Toronto Blue Jays at Joker Marchant Stadium. Zimmermann, who is trying to shake off the injuries...

Full Count | WEEI

Rick Porcello hit on hand by comebacker, says he’s OK after leaving start against Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A Red Sox rotation already battered by injuries to David Price, Drew Pomeranz, and Steven Wright could ill-afford to lose defending AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello, too. So everyone in Red Sox colors at Tradition Field on Wednesday held their collective breath when a fourth-inning comebacker by Yoenis Cespedes […]

Clubhouse Insider | Boston Herald

Rick Porcello (thumb) escapes serious injury, plus David Price (elbow) update

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – David Price almost had company on the on-the-shelf list of Red Sox starters yesterday but it appears as if Rick Porcello and the Red Sox dodged a major bullet yesterday.A glancing blow to the AL Cy Young winner's right thumb off a ball hit by Yoenis Cespedes in the fourth inning of Wednesday's 8-7 loss to the Mets apparently did not do major, if any, damage to the thumb.Porcello will re-evaluated Thursday morning.

New York Daily News

Steven Matz takes positive step in first Mets start since surgery

Steven Matz had a relatively routine surgery last fall after the season.

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Original Met Ed Kranepool needs a kidney transplant

The former first baseman plans on selling memorabilia to help pay for the procedure. Mets legend Ed Kranepool has been placed on the organ donor list as he awaits a kidney transplant. He got an infection last August, and when he had trouble breathing a month later, he rushed to the hospital. He was diagnosed with kidney failure and has yet to find a donor. Last week, Kranepool had to have a toe amputated on his left foot because he could not take aggressive antibiotics to treat an infection in his foot. To help pay for his medical bills, the beloved first baseman is planning on selling his...

New York Post

Steven Matz just wants to talk about this new trick he learned

JUPITER, Fla. — After Steven Matz tossed two scoreless innings in his first outing since undergoing surgery last year to remove a bone spur in his elbow, the lefty seemed more interested in talking about his new method of holding runners on first. The Mets would like Matz’s elbow to remain just a secondary subject...

Evaluating Matt Harvey's first spring training start: Good or Bad?

On SNY's Loud Mouths, Jon Hein and Marc Malusis discussNew York Mets starter Matt Harvey's first spring training start as he works his way back from injury.

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Can the Mets’ starting rotation avoid injuries this season?

Or at least improve upon 2015? With spring training well under way, the biggest question that remains for the Mets is the health of the starting rotation. So far, the much-hyped rotation of young studs has yet to be healthy for a prolonged period due to new and lingering injuries sustained the past few seasons. Let’s look at the possibility that these prior injuries will limit each pitcher's action this season due to a recurrence of symptoms. Matt Harvey Injury: Thoracic Outlet SyndromeSurgery: first rib resection Harvey had season-ending surgery last year as surgeons removed his first...

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Mets interested in Brett Lawrie

The infielder was released by the White Sox. After the surprising news last week that the White Sox had released Brett Lawrie—likely to clear playing time for top prospect Yoan Moncada—the Mets are among four teams interested in the infielder, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden. Bowden lists the Royals, Blue Jays, and Rays as the other three teams with interest. The Rays have Brad Miller and Evan Longoria at second and third, but injuries to Logan Morrison and Matt Duffy could allow Lawrie significant playing time as a starter and as a utility player upon their return. The Royals are...

New York Post

Matt Harvey has an alibi for his fastball

PORT ST. LUCIE — Matt Harvey said Monday he is still dealing with a stiff neck he pitched through on Sunday in his first appearance in a game since thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last July, but expects to make his scheduled start Friday. As for the Mets other injury suffered Sunday, the team said Yoenis...

Newark Star-Ledger

Mets' Zack Wheeler threw live batting practice. What's next?

Zack Wheeler has shown to be fragile, but is he finally past the elbow injury after two years?

David Wright discusses shoulder injury and immediate Mets future

New York Mets captain David Wright addresses the media for the first time since being shut down with his shoulder injury.