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Mets Morning News: Pitching help could soon be on the way for the Mets

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

Miami Marlins v New York Mets Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The Mets were off yesterday following their brutal series against the Marlins. With the bullpen suffering, help could be on the way as two Mets take their first steps toward a return.

Jeurys Familia, whose suspension is nearing its end, pitched in a minor league game and was extremely effective.

Seth Lugo will begin a throwing program today, with the hope of avoiding surgery.

Down in the minors, Dom Smith impressed, hitting a walk-off two-run homer to win the game for the Las Vegas 51s.

Zack Wheeler says he’s mentally back to form, but his body’s still playing catch-up.

Around the NL East

The Braves finished off a sweep of the Padres.

The Mariners had no trouble beating the Marlins.

Around MLB

In some bad news for the A’s, Marcus Semien will undergo wrist surgery and miss at least six weeks.

Eric Thames has homered in five straight games for the Brewers, tying Jeromy Burnitz’s franchise record.

The first base used in last year’s World Series Game 7 sold for over $100,000 at auction.

Rich Hill continues to battle his unbeatable blister.

Ken Rosenthal had some interesting takes on whether ties should be allowed in baseball and why the Marlins have been shifting so much this season.

If Luis Tiant is inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously, he doesn’t want his family to attend the ceremony.

Yesterday at AA

Matt Varvaro brought you another Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler.

Chris McShane had player performance meters for pitchers and position players.

Daniel Convery delivered the Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

Nolan Ryan tossed his first career shutout for the Mets on this date in 1970.