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Mets Morning News: Dia de Mejia gets busted by blister, Kirk provides a bang

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Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Christian Petersen

Meet the Mets

Bronson Arroyo got smacked around by the Mets' offense and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a huge game in his return to the majors, as the Mets beat the Arizona 9-0 last night and got back to .500 on the season. Jenrry Mejia looked great over 5 shutout innings before a blister issue caused him to leave the game. Gonzalez Germen tossed 3 innings of relief and Kyle Farnsworth threw a clean 9th.

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The Mets' outfield is in a state of flux with the injuries to Juan Lagares, who is now on the disabled list, and Curtis Granderson, who is feeling better. To make things more complicated, Chris Young is finished with his rehab assignment after torching the ball in Vegas. In the middle all of this is Captain Kirk, who brought his adjusted swing to the majors.

Even with the outfield issues, Terry Collins insists that Lucas Duda will only play first base.

Bartolo Colon has a cranky back, though he insists he'll be okay.

Mets Police says that not everyone should've worn #42 yesterday.

Toby Hyde ran down who is hot and who's not on the farm.

The Brooklyn Cyclones are hosting Seinfeld Night on July 5th, which may just be the greatest minor league promotion ever.

Yesterday At AA

Go listen to Episode 64 of the Amazin' Avenue Audio Podcast.

Joe Sokolowski ran down the best Mets quotes from the last week.

Help the community project Jon Niese's 2014 season.

Around the NL East

The Phillies and Braves were rained out last night in Philly, while the Marlins torched Stephen Strasburg and beat the Nationals 11-2.

Here's the Phillies' season in one Vine.

Danny Espinosa is taking over for Ryan Zimmerman at third base. How much of a dropoff will there be?

Giancarlo Stanton has hit for power this April (shocking!). Will it continue at this pace?

Around the Majors

PECOTA predicted the best prospects in the game and the projection system seems to like Kevin Plawecki a lot.

A group of Phillies fans taunted Braves' second baseman Dan Uggla and then quickly got their comeuppance.

Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson was associated with Negro League Baseball and is in the process of being saved.

This is a pretty slick catch by a Diamondbacks fan.

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