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Mets Morning News: Matz's elbow scare turns out fine, Reynolds is called up

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Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets were off on Monday, but start a big series with the rival Nationals tonight at 7:10pm. Noah Syndergaard goes up against Max Scherzer in what promises to be a thrilling matchup at Citi Field.

The big news on the Mets' day off was that Steven Matz's elbow is fine. Matz underwent an MRI after feeling soreness. The Mets haven't said officially, but they may shake up the rotation a bit to get Matz back in.

Infielder Matt Reynolds is headed up to join the Mets. Reynolds has had a poor start at Triple-A Las Vegas, but will get a chance to actually play at the top level, something that eluded him during last year's playoffs.

Yoenis Cespedes is crediting Kevin Long with helping him be more patient. Cespedes spoke to the media today, saying that Long has encouraged him to shrink the zone. Cespedes also suggested that the Nationals' play for him was never serious, and he was intent on coming back to the Mets.

Another Mets star learning to make adjustments is Jacob deGrom. The star pitcher said that his mechanics are off, and it's been a mental battle on the mound.

Former Mets great Dwight Gooden opened up about his substance abuse problems. Gooden said that he's excited for the thirtieth anniversary celebrations for the 1986 teams, but admits he didn't know if he'd live long enough to see it.

Mike Bates at MLB Daily Dish opined that the Mets should give Sandy Alderson a contract extension. Alderson is only signed through 2017.

Our friends over at Mets Baseball Prospectus are hosting an event at Citi Field on July. The event will feature a meet and greet with the BP staff, as well as the Mets front office.

Around the NL East

The Pirates jumped on Williams Perez and the Braves for five runs in the first three innings, en route to a 8-5 win. Jon Niese took home the victory for Pittsburgh.

Marcel Ozuna got a hit in his sixteenth consecutive game, as the Marlins went on to beat the Phillies 5-3.

Tyler Kepner wrote about how the Mets-Nationals rivalry may be a passing affair in the great scheme of things, but for now it's got some sizzle to it.

Chelsea Janes wrote an interesting piece on chewing tobacco's place in baseball. On the eve of their first trip to New York, where smokeless tobacco has been banned at the ballpark, the Nationals have a lot of questions.

Around the Majors

It's been no secret of late that Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is on the hot seat. Last night he imploded in epic fashion, throwing his hat and covering the plate with his sweatshirt. after being ejected. Oh, and then the Tigers blew an eight-run lead tonight.

It looks like Tim Lincecum is headed back to Major League Baseball. Lincecum is close to signing a deal with the Angels, that will get him some starts this season.

Jeff Sullivan took a look at Ian Desmond's recent successes. Teams were leery of Desmond in the offseason, and he was forced to take a one-year deal, but it looks to be paying off.

Punishments are expected to be announced tomorrow in the aftermath of the Rangers-Blue Jays brawl from Sunday. Joe Torre said that he was still investigating the situation earlier today. Grant Brisbee sought to break down what actually happened in the brawl, and suggested there's a lot of blame to go around.

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane broke out the Player Performance Meters for this past week. You can find pitchers here, and position players here.

Matt Varvaro's Mind Boggler for the week features the best hitting pitchers in franchise history.

Steven Jacobetz discussed some of the Mets early-season offensive milestones.

This Date in Mets History

May 17 is a day of balks in Mets history. Mike Pelfrey and Steve Traschel both committed bad ones.

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