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Mets Morning News: Wheeler impresses in deadline audition, Mets still unsure of Cespedes’ status

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

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Zack Wheeler pitched seven strong innings in a possible audition for the trade deadline, and the Mets hit Padres’ starter Eric Lauer early and often en route to a 6-3 win. Michael Conforto hit his 13th home run of the season in the third inning, and Devin Mesoraco came through with a bases-clearing double to get the scoring started in the first.

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Zack Wheeler’s start last night may have been his last in a Mets uniform, as trade rumors continue to circulate. Devin Mesoraco also commented on Wheeler’s status, and his relationship with the Mets’ starter, after the game.

The Mets and Padres were involved in an odd play that culminated in a controversial replay ruling last night.

The Mets called up Jeff McNeil and Phillip Evans from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, and McNeil recorded his first Major League hit as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. Ty Kelly was designated for assignment as a corresponding roster move.

With his status still up in the air, Yoenis Cespedes was placed on the 10-Day disabled list to clear a roster spot for McNeil. The Mets are waiting for a second opinion from a foot specialist before Cespedes makes a decision on whether or not to undergo surgery for heel pain.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News is not happy that the Mets have continued to delay their decision on a course of action for Cespedes. Meanwhile, with controversy swirling around the Mets’ handling of the outfielder’s health, Kevin Kernan cautions the next Mets regime against making the same mistakes.

With the Mets already out of contention, David Lennon thinks Cespedes should opt for surgery now, rather than playing through pain and delaying the procedure.

Todd Frazier has begun taking batting practice as he continues to rehab from a rib injury; he is scheduled to head to Florida today and begin a rehab assignment shortly thereafter. Jay Bruce is also headed south to the Sunshine State today, and expects to begin taking swings in a few days.

CBS Sports reports on Frazier’s connections with childhood friends and his efforts to reach out to New York area youth.

Greg Prince writes about the layoffs at the New York Daily News vis-à-vis the Mets’ loss to the Padres on Monday night.

In lighter news, a Mets stadium vendor made an amusing attempt to catch a foul ball in his beer tray during last night’s game... and it almost worked!

Around the National League East

Trea Turner failed to run out a ground ball for the Nationals on Monday night, and Jake Nisse is not impressed. The star shortstop sat out Tuesday’s game as his team lost to Milwaukee on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Tyler Saladino.

Turner’s bizarre lapse came at an awkward time for the Nationals, as he had recently been awarded their Heart and Hustle award by the Major League Baseball Players’ Association.

With the trade deadline looming, Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo is apparently optimistic about his team’s chances of earning a postseason berth.

Meanwhile at Fangraphs, Dan Szymborski writes about Bryce Harper’s surprisingly average performance.

The Braves are rumored to be in the market for a controllable starting pitcher, while Off the Bench Baseball wonders if they might be due for a regression. On the field, Julio Teheran was roughed up in a 9-3 loss to the Marlins.

SB Nation’s Minor League Ball finished their midseason breakdown of the Braves’ farm system.

The Marlins have their own version of the Miami Hurricanes’ “Turnover Chain”, according to the Miami Herald.

Jeff Sullivan thinks Marlins reliever Adam Conley could be an interesting piece at the trade deadline.

David S. Cohen urges the Phillies’ broadcast analysts to get with the times in an editorial for The Good Phight; meanwhile, the NBC Sports Philadelphia broadcast team gave two lucky fans a tour of their production booth.

Aaron Nola struggled for the Phillies last night, but they were able to win an epic sixteen inning thriller on a walk-off home run by Trevor Plouffe. Starter Vince Velazquez got the win in relief.

Around Major League Baseball

The Yankees acquired Zach Britton in a trade with Baltimore. Joel Sherman broke down the deal in its entirety for the New York Post, while Craig Edwards analyzed the ramifications of this deal for New York’s bullpen.

For the second straight day, a Cardinals pitcher took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, only to lose it this time because the game was interrupted by a fire alarm.

The A’s announced that their Opening Day starter, Kendal Graveman, will undergo Tommy John Surgery. Dodgers starter Tom Koehler also underwent season-ending shoulder surgery yesterday afternoon.

The Yankees placed Gary Sanchez on the disabled list with a groin injury.

David Schoenfield of ESPN thinks the A’s are a playoff team.

Over at Fangraphs, Kiley McDaniel pondered who might have the depth to trade for Jose Ramirez or Francisco Lindor, while Travis Sawchik told us all why Neil Walker is worried about the upcoming offseason.

According to the New York Post, the Giants are no longer listening to trade offers for Madison Bumgarner.

Carron J. Phillips of the Daily News wrote about the Josh Hader Twitter controversy, specifically that it represents a small part of a larger problem in America. Mary Craig hopes the baseball world can gain control of social issues that affect the game before it is too late.

Oakland A’s radio broadcaster Roxy Bernstein caught a foul ball on air during Tuesday’s game, and announced his call live.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Matthew Mackenzie delivered your daily report from the farm.

Steve Sypa recognized some of the top Mets minor league players from the past week.

Vasilis Drimalitis covered the promotions of McNeil and Evans.

Chris McShane gave us an update on the Cespedes situation.

Jack McLoone wrote about the trade rumors surrounding Noah Syndergaard.

On this date in New York Mets History

Mets manager Casey Stengel fell and fractured his hip in the early hours of the morning, an injury that would prompt him to announce his retirement later that year.