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The Mets beat the Royals for the second time in as many days yesterday, and although Noah Syndergaard and Yoenis Cespedes made a trip to the doctor following the game, everything turned out okay. The MRI on Syndergaard’s elbow showed no structural damage, and he received anti-inflammatory medication. Cespedes is day-to-day with a mild wrist strain.
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Zack Wheeler also received positive news on the injury front. After experiencing a setback in his recovery, tests for structural damage to his elbow came back negative. However, he is experiencing sensory nerve irritation.
In the wake of the bullpen filling in for nearly an entire game after Bartolo Colon’s early exit, the Mets recalled pitcher Logan Verrett for a fresh arm yesterday. Ty Kelly was optioned to make room on the roster.
It was a game of firsts for Matt Reynolds. He manned left field for the first time, and he hit the first home run of his major league career.
Lucas Duda has not resumed baseball activities. He is currently recovering from a stress fracture in his back.
Nancy Seaver, Tom Seaver’s wife, believes that the Mets should erect a statue of Seaver outside of Citi Field.
Around the NL East
The Marlins defeated the Braves 3-0. John Gant gave up three runs over the course of 5.2 innings for the Braves, while Adam Conley threw eight shutout innings for Miami. The Marlins got a home run from Justin Bour. Read recaps at Fish Stripes and Talking Chop.
The Dodgers beat the Nationals 4-3 on a walk off single by Yasiel Puig. Joe Ross gave up two runs over 6.1 innings. Wilson Ramos hit his 12th home run of the season.
The Phillies beat the Twins 6-5. Adam Morgan surrendered five runs, four of which were earned, over five innings. Andres Blanco had three hits including a home run.
The Orioles are reportedly interested in acquiring starting pitcher Francisco Liriano. However, the lefty has a 5.03 ERA thus far this season.
The Mariners traded for starter Wade LeBlanc in exchnage for a player to be named later. Seattle also signed reliever Tom Wilhemsen to a contract after he was designated for assignment by the Rangers.
In the latest National League all-star voting update, Anthony Rizzo is still the leading vote-getter. Yoenis Cespedes is in third for outfielders.
At Fangraphs, Jeff Sullivan looked into how the Indians made it to first place in the AL Central.
At The Ringer, Michael Baumann wrote about different stories in Major League Baseball this week. The list includes a discussion of the strong crop of young shortstops in the majors this season.
Yesterday at AA
Steve Sypa continued profiles of Mets draft picks with Stanford pitcher Chris Viall, California State Long Beach pitcher Austin McGeorge, and Arizona State shortstop Colby Woodmansee.
Ketul Shah explained and offered a potential timetable for Juan Lagares’ thumb injury.
Based on his history with domestic violence, Kate Feldman believes that the Mets should not bring back Jose Reyes.
Austin Yamada continued his examination of whether Lucas Duda is an objectively streaky player.
This Date in Mets History
In 1987, Tom Seaver retired from baseball after a 20-year career in the major leagues.