New York Mets — as of April 23, 2017

2017/04/26

Up:

     Rene Rivera, C: April 23 – Rene Rivera appears to be moving up a bit in value, starting 8 of the Mets 19 games to date, compared to 10 for Travis D’Arnaud. (Kevin Plawecki started the other game.) Rivera is catching Noah Syndergaard but he’s also getting some other starts, too.

     Jay Bruce, OF, 1B: April 23 – With Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores both on the DL, the Mets have turned to Jay Bruce to man 1B. He’s started there the past 4 games, with Curtis Granderson moving from CF to RF and Juan Lagares stepping in to play CF. Altogether, Bruce has started 18 of the team’s 19, games, with 14 of those being in RF.

He’s also seeing most of the action in the cleanup spot, starting there in half of the Mets’ games to date, after spending the first 5 games at either #6 or #7.

     Jose Reyes, 3B, SS: April 23 – With David Wright’s continuing health woes, Jose Reyes has solidified his hold on 3B, starting 14 of the Mets’ 19 games there. T.J. Rivera has started 3 and Wilmer Flores 2. Given the situation with Wright, it appears that Reyes may have a steady gig at the hot corner – although his cold start could put him on the hot seat.

Offsetting his steady playing time, Reyes has been moved out of the leadoff spot after starting 6 of the first 7 games there. Since then, he’s seen most of his AB from the #7 slot in the batting order.

     Michael Conforto, OF: April 23 – Michael Conforto has begun seeing a bit more action, despite being ranked as the Mets’ fifth OF. Especially with Yoenis Cespedes battling an injury of late and Jay Bruce’s recent move to 1B to fill in for the injured Wilmer Flores and Lucas Duda, the Mets have been forced to give Conforto a regular job in the OF. Overall, he’s started 7 of 19 games, including the last 3 in a row in LF.

Down:

     Travis D’Arnaud, C: April 23 – Travis D’Arnaud seems to be losing a little bit of ground to Rene Rivera in the Catcher department. He’s started only 10 of the team’s 19 games at backstop, with Rivera starting 8 games. Kevin Plawecki started the other game.

     Curtis Granderson, OF: April 23 – Curtis Granderson seems to have moved from the middle of the batting order to the top. After seeing most of the early action at #4 or #5, he’s started half of the Mets’ past dozen games in the leadoff spot. Over the most recent 3 games, though, he seems to have been shifted back to the middle slots, with Michael Conforto seeing some time at #1.

     Addison Reed, Setup, RP, Closer: April 23 — With the April 20 return of Jeurys Familia from the restricted list, Addison Reed will step back into the Setup role from his previous Closer post.

In:

     Juan Lagares, OF: Apr 13 – 3:39 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets activated OF Juan Lagares from the 10-day disabled list. RHP Paul Sewald was sent to the minors to make room on the roster.

Lagares went 4-for-11 with a double and a triple on a three-game minor league rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie. He should see starts in CF against LHP in New York.

     Apr 11 – 9:12 AM (Rotoworld) — Juan Lagares (oblique) went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple and a run scored today in his first minor league rehab game with High-A St. Lucie.

Lagares, who is coming back from an oblique strain, also played five innings in CF. He should only need a handful of games before being cleared to join the Mets. He should see some playing time in center field against LHP.

     Apr 5 – 3:46 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Juan Lagares (oblique) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday, April 10.

Lagares should only need a handful of at-bats before he’s ready to join the big club. He’ll be a candidate to platoon in center field when healthy.

     Apr 2 – 2:01 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets placed OF Juan Lagares on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

He’s been working out and should be back in a couple of weeks. Lagares will serve as the Mets’ fourth OF and see some playing time against LHP once he’s healthy.

     Mar 31 – 11:54 AM (Rotoworld) — Juan Lagares (oblique) will begin the season on the disabled list.

Lagares has been working out of late but his oblique strain will keep him from making the Opening Day roster. He’ll stay back in extended spring training to continue his rehab but should be ready to go in a couple of weeks.

     Mar 28 – 11:42 AM (Rotoworld) — Juan Lagares (oblique) said today that an MRI showed only inflammation.

The Mets have yet to announce anything but it sounds like the injury could have been much worse. Still, the calendar is working against him at this point, so a DL stint remains the most likely scenario.

     Mar 25 – 2:05 PM (Rotoworld) — Juan Lagares was forced to leave today’s Grapefruit League contest due to a left oblique strain.

Lagares was sidelined earlier in the spring due to back stiffness and now an oblique issue is likely to put his Opening Day in jeopardy. He’ll undergo an MRI on Monday, March 27. Lagares was expected to serve as the club’s fourth outfielder to start the season.

     Jeurys Familia, Closer, RP: Apr 20 – 4:22 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets activated RHP Jeurys Familia from the restricted list.

He’s finished serving a 15-game suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. David Wright was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Familia on the 40-man roster. The right-hander worked two perfect innings during a brief minor league rehab assignment. The Mets have said they’ll ease Familia in but it won’t be long until he’s back pitching the ninth inning. When that happens, interim closer Addison Reed will transition into a setup role.

     T.J. Rivera, IF: Apr 21 – 4:10 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets recalled IF T.J. Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Rivera didn’t spend 10 days in the minors but he can return since he’s replacing a player going on the disabled list. (Both Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores went on the DL today.) He’s starting at 3B today and could potentially earn more time there with Jose Reyes struggling mightily.

     Apr 14 – 4:46 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets optioned IF T.J. Rivera to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The Mets needed an extra pitcher after Thursday’s marathon game so Rivera will spend 10 days in Triple-A, while Sean Gilmartin joins the big clubs bullpen. He had been 0-for-3 with two walks in four games.

     Sean Gilmartin, RP: Apr 21 – 4:08 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets recalled LHP Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Gilmartin was sent down just yesterday but returned when the Mets made a couple disabled list moves. He’s expected to work in long relief, although it’s possible he’ll have to make a spot start on Saturday, April 22, if Jacob deGrom (neck) isn’t ready.

     Apr 20 – 4:59 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets optioned LHP Sean Gilmartin to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The Mets made a flurry of roster moves today to account for Travis d’Arnaud’s wrist injury and Jeurys Familia’s return from suspension. Gilmartin appeared in just one game before being sent down. Expect the LHP to continue shuttling back and forth between Vegas and Queens.

     Apr 14 – 4:47 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets recalled LHP Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Las Vegas. IF T.J. Rivera was sent to the minors.

Gilmartin can give the Mets some innings if they need them with three relievers unavailable tonight. He gave up three runs over 3 1/3 innings in his one start for Las Vegas.

     Kevin Plawecki, C: Apr 20 – 4:27 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets recalled C Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Rafael Montero was sent down in the corresponding roster move. Travis d’Arnaud left Wednesday’s game with a wrist contusion but he’s expected to be available for tomorrow’s series finale against the Phillies. Plawecki holds a .270 average with one homer and seven RBI across 37 at-bats for Las Vegas this season.

Out:

     David Wright, 3B: Apr 20 – 4:57 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets transferred David Wright from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The Mets captain has been battling a shoulder impingement since spring training. There’s no timetable for Wright’s return.

     Apr 18 – 4:39 PM (Rotoworld) — David Wright (shoulder) is set to begin full baseball activities this week.

He’s already tried some light throwing but the veteran 3B plans to add in fielding drills and batting practice as he works his way through a shoulder impingement and cervical disc irritation. There’s no exact timetable for Wright to join the Mets’ active roster. It’s still going to be a while.

     Apr 10 – 5:27 PM (Rotoworld) — David Wright (shoulder) resumed a throwing program on Friday, April 7.

It’s only light tossing for the time being but it’s the first step as he builds up arm strength. Wright was diagnosed with a shoulder impingement in late February and of course is also battling spinal stenosis, which isn’t going away. A timetable for his return remains completely up in the air.

     Apr 2 – 2:07 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets placed 3B David Wright on the 10-day disabled list with a cervical disc herniation.

Wright also has a shoulder impingement and remains shut down from throwing. His return, and frankly his career, are totally up in the air.

     Mar 16 – 8:08 PM (Newsday/Rotoworld) — Mets manager Terry Collins admitted David Wright (shoulder) is unlikely to appear in any more Grapefruit League games.

The Mets employed a DH in games earlier this spring but are now starting to have their pitchers hit. Wright could have been an option at DH but he’s not ready to play the field yet. The injury-prone 3B has advanced to running and fielding grounders but remains without a timetable. He won’t be ready for Opening Day.

     Feb 28 – 9:23 AM (Rotoworld) — David Wright won’t throw for “a couple of weeks” after being diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement.

Uh oh. Wright has been limited to DH duty in the early part of the Grapefruit League schedule as he makes his way back from neck surgery. But he apparently felt shoulder soreness in some of his private throwing sessions, so the Mets sent him to New York to get checked out. General manager Sandy Alderson is calling him “questionable” for Opening Day but they clearly can’t count on him avoiding further setbacks. Jose Reyes is poised to have a major role in this lineup this season.

     Feb 22 – 9:00 AM (New York Post/Rotoworld) — Mets manager Terry Collins estimated yesterday that David Wright won’t be ready to play the field until around mid-March.

Wright, who is coming back from neck surgery and battling spinal stenosis in his back, played catch yesterday for the second time this spring. He’s going to be eased into action as a DH and in minor league games before testing himself in the field. “He’s making strides,” said Collins. “You’re looking at three weeks from today when we will have a real good idea where he’s at. That gives him a lot of time to lengthen himself out.” It’s ultimately hard to say if he’ll be ready for Opening Day until he really starts ramping things up.

     Lucas Duda, 1B: Apr 24 – 12:00 PM (Bergen Record/Rotoworld) — Lucas Duda (elbow) believes he’ll be ready to return from the disabled list when he’s first eligible.

Duda landed on the disabled last week with a hyperextended left elbow. He still needs to get the range of motion in his elbow back but he’s making progress. Jay Bruce has been filling in at 1B in recent days.

     Apr 21 – 4:05 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets placed 1B Lucas Duda on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 20, with a hyperextended left elbow.

Duda hurt the elbow while trying to field a throw on Wednesday, April 19. It’s unclear at this point how much time he’ll miss. With Wilmer Flores also on the DL, Jay Bruce figures to handle first base regularly, clearing space in the lineup for Michael Conforto.

     Apr 19 – 8:50 PM (Rotoworld) — Lucas Duda was lifted from today’s game against the Phillies due to a hyperextended left elbow.

Consider the first baseman day-to-day until the Mets offer a more specific update as to a recovery timetable. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

Apr 19 – 8:42 PM (Rotoworld) — Lucas Duda left today’s game against the Phillies due to a possible left wrist injury.

Duda appeared to injure his wrist when Cesar Hernandez collided with him after an errant throw by pitcher Robert Gsellman in the top of the fifth. The Mets should pass along a more specific update regarding Duda’s injury in the coming hours.

     Wilmer Flores, 3B, 1B, 2B, SS: Apr 21 – 4:07 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets placed IF Wilmer Flores on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 20, with a joint infection.

It seemed like a day-to-day thing but, evidently, the Mets decided it was bad enough to shut Flores down for a while. It’s possible he’ll be back later this month.

     Apr 20 – 4:08 PM (Rotoworld) — Wilmer Flores (infection) is unavailable for today’s game against the Phillies.

Flores is dealing with a joint infection. With Flores down for the count and Lucas Duda battling an elbow injury, Jay Bruce will draw a rare start at 1B. Juan Lagares will serve as a backup IF for the short-handed Mets. For what it’s worth, manager Terry Collins expects Flores back in “a day or two.”

     Steven Matz, SP: Apr 18 – 2:03 PM (Rotoworld) — Steven Matz (elbow) is expected to begin a throwing program tomorrow.

This comes after Matz was shut down for three weeks after receiving a PRP injection in his elbow. The injury was originally described as left elbow inflammation, but Matz told reporters earlier this month that he’s dealing with a flexor tendon strain. Either way, he’s still a ways off from joining the Mets. The best-case scenario might be late next month.

     Apr 10 – 9:36 AM (Bergen Record/Rotoworld) — Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record writes that Steven Matz took the Mets by surprise by telling reporters last week that he’s dealing with a flexor tendon strain.

“Our [doctors] found nothing wrong,” one person with knowledge of Matz’s care told Klapisch. The thought is that Matz received the diagnosis after seeing a third doctor — outside of the organization — which is his right. The Mets don’t believe that Matz is faking his injury but his health continues to be a concern. The southpaw recently received a platelet-rich plasma injection and the hope is that he’ll be able to return at some point next month.

     Apr 3 – 12:02 PM (Rotoworld) — Steven Matz said today that he’s dealing with a flexor tendon strain.

Matz was officially placed on the disabled list yesterday with what was termed as left elbow inflammation. But now we have more specific information about the ailment. The southpaw has been shut down for three weeks after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection and there’s no clear timetable for his return.

     Apr 2 – 2:04 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets placed LHP Steven Matz on the 10-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation.

Matz will be shut down for three weeks after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection. The hope is that he’ll be ready for the beginning of May but that’s up in the air right now.

     Mar 30 – 10:23 AM (Rotoworld) — An MRI came back negative on the left elbow of Mets SP Steven Matz.

That’s obviously good news but Matz will be shut down for the next three weeks and projects to miss all of April. He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection Yesterday. Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman will round out the Mets’ season-opening starting rotation.

     Mar 29 – 3:59 PM (Rotoworld) — Steven Matz (elbow) won’t be ready for the start of the season.

That’s the way it was already trending but now it’s official. Matz has resumed throwing after being scratched from his final Grapefruit League start but he was sent for an MRI today as a follow-up. There could be good news in there but, either way, he won’t be ready for his first turn through the rotation. The Mets have yet to make a final decision between Seth Lugo and Zack Wheeler for the fifth spot. Odds are that Lugo gets the nod.

     Mar 26 – 9:37 AM (Rotoworld) — Steven Matz will not make his next scheduled Grapefruit League start due to irritation in his left elbow.

The Mets are adamant that Matz doesn’t have anything structurally wrong but general manager Sandy Alderson admitted that “it’s worrisome that he continues to be injured.” Matz had surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow last October and also had Tommy John surgery a few years back. The LHP won’t undergo an MRI and he’s slated to play catch tomorrow. Even if Matz progresses well over the next week, a disabled list stint would seem to be a distinct possibility, with Seth Lugo then in line to take his place in the Mets’ rotation.

     Seth Lugo, SP, RP: Apr 17 – 3:51 PM (Rotoworld) — Seth Lugo (elbow) will begin a throwing program tomorrow.

Lugo was shut down for two weeks after being diagnosed with a “slight” tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and will try to rehab the injury. He’ll start out by throwing from 60 feet but obviously he’s a long way off from pitching for the Mets again.

     Apr 4 – 1:58 PM (Rotoworld) — According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Seth Lugo (elbow) will have his medicals reviewed by Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday.

Rosenthal describes it as a “standard next step” after Lugo was diagnosed with a “slight” tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Lugo has received a platelet-rich plasma injection and will attempt to go the rest and rehab route. It’s certainly possible he’ll make it back to the Mets this season but there’s no timetable for his return.

     Apr 4 – 12:40 PM (Rotoworld) — According to Marc Carig of Newsday, Seth Lugo has a “slight” tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.

Any UCL injury immediately leads to speculation about Tommy John surgery but Carig hears that surgery won’t be needed in Lugo’s case – at least not yet, anyway. Lugo received a platelet-rich plasma injection in the elbow and will now rest for at least a couple of weeks. Suddenly, the Mets’ SP depth looks like a major issue.

     Apr 3 – 4:53 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets manager Terry Collins said today that Seth Lugo (elbow) will be sidelined for “a few weeks.”

Lugo had previously referred to his right elbow issue as “very, very minor” but it sounds like an MRI might have revealed something more serious than initially thought. Lugo had been slated to resume throwing today but it’s safe to assume that didn’t happen. He’s slated to receive a second opinion tomorrow.

     Apr 2 – 2:03 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets placed RHP Seth Lugo on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

Lugo doesn’t have any structural damage but he’s felt fatigue so the Mets will pump the brakes here. It’s unclear at this point how long he might be sidelined.

     Apr 1 – 3:33 PM (Rotoworld) — Seth Lugo (shoulder) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.

The RHP underwent an MRI today that revealed no structural damage. It remains to be seen how much time he’ll miss but Rafael Montero is expected to serve as the team’s long reliever in his stead.

     Mar 31 – 11:58 AM (Rotoworld) — Seth Lugo is going through a “dead arm” phase and could begin the season on the disabled list.

Lugo threw 26 1/3 innings between the World Baseball Classic and the Grapefruit League and is feeling a bit fatigued. He’ll throw a bullpen session on Sunday, April 2, and whether he’ll be included on the Opening Day roster will depend on how he feels. If Lugo needs a DL stint, Rafael Montero will be carried as the long reliever.

     Paul Sewald, RP: Apr 13 – 3:36 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets optioned RHP Paul Sewald to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Sewald allowed two earned runs in 1 1/3 innings (two appearances) out of the Mets’ bullpen. Juan Lagares has been activated from the disabled list in a corresponding roster move.

     Apr 7 – 11:55 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets purchased the contract of RHP Paul Sewald from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The 26-year-old RHP nearly cracked the Opening Day bullpen with a strong showing in the spring and will now function as an extra arm to help out a bullpen that has been used heavily in the first few days of the season. He’ll work in middle relief.

     Ty Kelly, IF, OF: Apr 10 – 4:38 PM (Rotoworld) — Blue Jays claimed IF/OF Ty Kelly off waivers from the Mets.

Kelly had been designated for assignment. The utility player will provide depth at Triple-A Buffalo.

     Apr 7 – 11:53 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets designated IF/OF Ty Kelly for assignment.

Kelly’s stay as a reserve bat on the Mets’ bench was a brief one. He’ll presumably clear waivers and continue to provide depth at Triple-A.

     Rafael Montero, RP: Apr 20 – 4:30 PM (Rotoworld) — Mets optioned RHP Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Montero is getting the boot after yielding four runs (three earned) in only 1/3 of an inning yesterday in a loss to Philadelphia. That brought his ERA all the way up from 5.68 to 9.45. Clearly the 26-year-old needs more seasoning in the minor leagues. C Kevin Plawecki was called up to take his roster spot.

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