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Mets Morning News: Niese exits after four batters, Gsellman earns win in debut

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

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Meet the Mets

Jon Niese pitched to only four batters before departing Tuesday’s game with a knee injury. The recently-promoted Robert Gsellman performed admirably in long relief, holding the Cardinals scoreless over 3.2 innings en route to his first major league win. Wilmer Flores and Justin Ruggiano each homered in the Mets’ third straight win.

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Jon Niese was placed on the disabled list following his early exit Tuesday. Erik Goeddel has been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill Niese’s roster spot.

The Mets expect Steven Matz to miss just one start. Matz was recently placed on the DL retroactive to August 15.

The Mets are unlikely to acquire a reliever as the season unfolds.

Jose Reyes is eager to return to the postseason in a Mets uniform.

Dwight Gooden responded to Darryl Strawberry’s allegations of recent drug abuse.

Around the NL East

Rookie starter Reynaldo Lopez surrendered four earned runs in Washington’s 8-1 loss to the Orioles.

Andrew Cashner settled for a tough luck no-decision in Miami’s 1-0 loss to the Royals.

Phillies starter Jake Thompson was roughed up in a 9-1 loss to the White Sox. The team may turn to Alec Asher, who is currently serving an 80-game drug suspension, for starts in September.

Matt Kemp hit a bases-clearing double in Atlanta’s 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

Around Major League Baseball

The blister is baseball’s “biggest little injury,” writes Eric Nusbaum of VICE Sports.

Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs sung the praises of Athletics pitcher Andrew Triggs.

Marc Normandin of SB Nation discussed the Danny Valencia/Billy Butler fight.

Huston Street’s season is likely over after undergoing knee surgery.

The Rangers released outfielder/DH Josh Hamilton.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets’ series in St. Louis.

Greg Karam gave us a formal introduction to rookie pitcher Robert Gsellman.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2005, (then) rookie Mike Jacobs hit two home runs in just his fourth major league game. The left-handed hitter would tally 11 homers in his rookie campaign.

Happy birthday to Bartolome Fortunato and Butch Benton!