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Mets Morning News: Jay Bruce traded to Indians, Mets fall to Rangers

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

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The Mets traded Jay Bruce to the Indians for minor-league pitcher Ryder Ryan.

Bruce’s last game with the Mets was not a very good one. Rafael Montero had a chance to get out of the first inning unscathed, but after a balk brought home a run, he unraveled. He did not last long against the Rangers, and the bullpen again had to do some heavy lifting. The offense did not fare much better against Texas, and only Wilmer Flores was able to push a run across when he hit a solo home run to prevent the shutout.

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The Yankees were interested in Bruce, but it seems money was a sticking point in order for a deal to get done.

All the trades Sandy Alderson has made thus far this season have been leaning toward restocking the pitching depth. He still has more to do in order for the Mets to be competitive in the near future.

Rafael Montero again struggled on the mound and the Mets are still hoping he can develop into an effective big league pitcher. He will continue to get chances since the injured members of the rotation aren’t ready to return from the DL.

The Mets’ rotation has been in shambles for most of the season, so what will it look like in 2018?

Amed Rosario found himself in a bit of a slump, so he sought out the hitting coach to get him back on track, and there were some positive results.

Travis d’Arnaud got the day game off against Texas, but he has been playing better of late.

Major League Baseball unveiled the jerseys for the Players Weekend that will take place at the end of the month, and the Mets revealed the nicknames that will be on the back of their attire.

Around the NL East

Sean Newcomb was solid, but the Atlanta offense could not get going in a loss to the Phillies.

Marlins starter Adam Conley had a rough day against the Nationals.

Jerad Eickhoff was solid on the mound as the Phillies defeated the Braves.

Stephen Strasburg took a step forward in his recovery from a nerve impingement. The Nationals pounded the Marlins 10-1.

Around the Majors

Grant Brisbee shared his thoughts on the Players Weekend caps that will be worn by the players. There are a few interesting jerseys as well that showcase the players’ personalities.

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras pulled his hamstring in Wednesday’s loss and will likely require a trip to the DL.

The Brewers are interested in acquiring Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler.

Rick Porcello was dominant on the mound for the Red Sox, and even threw an immaculate inning against the Rays.

The Dodgers have a fantastic rotation, but are there red flags surrounding Alex Wood?

Yesterday at AA

Chris McShane covered the Jay Bruce trade.

This Date in Mets History

A very Metsian incident occurred on this date in 1975. Reliever Ken Sanders was forced to exit the game without ever throwing a pitch, because an errant throw from his catcher hit him in the eye. The Mets lost that game 2-1.

In 2004, Tom Glavine was in a taxi accident that cost him two teeth.