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Perhaps the most important bit of Mets news from yesterday was that Jon Niese, the team's best pitcher this season and one of its biggest trading chips, might hit the disabled list because of his shoulder. That's not good.
The Mets also lost to the Texas Rangers last night, though wins and losses are seeming less and less relevant as the Mets' season continues to head in the wrong direction. Bartolo Colon gave up five early, the Mets scored only three runs, unable to come back after Colon, Josh Edgin, and Gonzalez Germen settled in and kept Texas from scoring again.
Now that the Cubs have every shortstop prospect in baseball—approximately, anyways—Starlin Castro seems like a guy who could be traded. John Harper is a guy who wants the Mets to go for it and trade for him. But David Lennon reports that the Mets are "in no hurry" to acquire the young shortstop.
At least things are going well lately for young catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who hit a home run last night to continue his strong return from the minors. What's changed? His routine, according to the catcher.
David Wright also made his return last night, which is cause for celebration, even if he's not quite feeling 100 percent yet.
Around the National League East
The rest of the division didn't do the Mets any favors last night. The Braves blew out the Diamondbacks to continue their strong recent run. Washington also won in a blowout, and Miami beat St. Louis. Not all was lost, however, as the Phillies joined the Mets in losing.
Around Major League Baseball
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