New York Mets Wiretap

If Matz Pitches Again This Season, It Will Be Out Of The Bullpen

Sep 25, 2016 1:46 AM

If Steven Matz pitches again for the Mets this season -- and that's no certainty -- he will be making his first career relief appearance.

Matz is 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA but hasn't pitched since Aug. 14 because of a shoulder impingement.

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Mets Scratch Noah Syndergaard's Start On Saturday

Sep 24, 2016 2:59 AM

So much for the Mets lining up Noah Syndergaard for the National League wild-card game on Oct. 5.

Syndergaard's scheduled start on Saturday against the Phillies has been shelved because the ace is suffering from strep throat.

Left-hander Sean Gilmartin instead will make a spot start for the Mets.

Tags: New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Mets May Play Regular Season Games In London

Sep 23, 2016 7:07 AM

The New York Mets are said to be in talks with London mayor Sadiq Khan, who recently threw out the first pitch at Citi Field, about playing a regular season game overseas.

"We're in discussions about MLB and we want MLB to come to London," Khan said.

"What we're discussing with Major League Baseball is for them to come here during the summer, which works for us for obvious reasons. They are very excited."

Back in July, Major League Baseball put plans to host a 2017 game in London on hold.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

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Jacob deGrom To Have Surgery, Season Over

Sep 20, 2016 4:47 PM

Jacob deGrom will undergo surgery later this week to repair the ulnar nerve and remove scar tissue in his pitching elbow, according to a source.

The right-hander was shut down with what the New York Mets called a strained forearm on Sept 2.

deGrom, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010, said on Saturday that he's been told the recovery time for this surgery will be around three months.

Peter Botte/New York Daily News

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Tim Tebow Hits Batting Practice Home Run In Camp

Sep 20, 2016 4:09 PM

Tim Tebow homered to right field during batting practice Tuesday in the instructional league with the New York Mets.

"Felt a little more comfortable with a day under my belt, just getting more used to everything, the preparations," Tebow said. "All those silly things that you have to go through, right? Getting in the building, finding everything that you need, cafeteria, everything, and just getting used to the routine."

When instructional league games start, Tebow expects to play -- though there's no firm plan yet for what will happen after these three weeks, such as whether he'll go to the Arizona Fall League.

Associated Press

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Tim Tebow Focused On Mets, Team Begins Selling Jerseys

Sep 19, 2016 4:31 PM

Tim Tebow, after taking part in his first day of instructional league play with the New York Mets, says he has no interest in fielding calls from teams that have a need at the quarterback position because of an injury.

"I have to play baseball now -- that's what I would tell them," Tebow said. "I'm part of the Mets family now."

The Mets signed Tebow to a Minor League deal for a $100,00 bonus earlier this month.

This weekend, the team began selling Tebow merchandise online.

Major League teams are not allowed to use a player's name or image until he makes the 40-man roster, as those players are not considered part of the union. However, Tebow signed a bridge agreement with the official jersey supplier Majestic Athletic last week, which allows the company to merchandise him before he makes the majors.

As of Monday afternoon, Tebow's jersey was the third-highest seller on MLB's online shop, behind only David Ortiz and Kris Bryant.

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Steven Matz Could Rejoin Mets This Week

Sep 18, 2016 7:48 PM

Sidelined starter Steven Matz could rejoin the Mets this week "with an opportunity to pitch," manager Terry Collins said Sunday before the club took on the Twins at Citi Field.

Matz is hindered by a shoulder impingement and has not pitched in a game since Aug. 14. He threw a pain-free 30-pitch bullpen session that included every pitch in his arsenal on Saturday at the team complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Sunday was a scheduled off day in his rehab.

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Mets Likely Lose deGrom For The Season

Sep 17, 2016 8:58 PM

The Mets have likely lost top starter Jacob deGrom for the season after the right-hander experienced pain in his elbow Friday.

GM Sandy Alderson said the pain is ulnar nerve-related and likely will require surgery. The Mets believe deGrom is experiencing something common for pitchers who have had Tommy John surgery: a buildup of scar tissue that presses on the nerve.

"It's unlikely he'll pitch again this season," Alderson said.

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Jacob deGrom To Start Sunday Against Twins

Sep 17, 2016 1:27 AM

Jacob deGrom will make his much-anticipated return to the Mets' starting rotation Sunday to face the Twins at Citi Field.

DeGrom, who is 7-8 with a 3.04 ERA this season, hasn't pitched since Sept. 1, when he suffered a third loss in as many starts. He has been sidelined with forearm inflammation.

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Wally Backman Leaves Mets Over 'Lack Of Respect'

Sep 13, 2016 3:22 PM

Wally Backman felt disrespected by the New York Mets after being passed over for the bench coach job this season and came to the conclusion he had no future in the organization.

Backman told WFAN's Mike Francesa he decided he wanted to pursue a future with another team.

"I left on my own," Backman said. "I felt my time there, it didn't look like there was any future for me.

"At this time, they have shown no future for me at the major-league level. I have done my work to deserve an opportunity and that was not going to happen in New York," he added. "Not so much as the manager, but a coach. I was passed over a few times by guys, who you know your skills are as good if not better, so it was time."

Backman was the second baseman on the 1986 New York Mets. Managing the club was his dream, but he was irritated by leaks from within the organization that said he was fired and cited incidents where he defied the front office's plans with top prospects Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo.

"There was a lack of respect," Backman said. "You know, you work for an organization and you want to be respected for what you do. The respect wasn't there. They can say different. The things (that) went on this year turned my head; it was time to move on."

Kristie Ackert/New York Daily News

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Tim Tebow Signs With Mets
Tim Tebow hasn't played organized baseball since his junior year at Nease High School.

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Jay Bruce Didn't Want To Be Traded To New York Initially
Jay Bruce has clarified some of the confusion surrounding his trade to the Mets on Aug. 1.

Anthony McCarron/New York Daily News

Jacob deGrom OK Despite Calling For Trainer
After he labored in the fifth inning and his fastball velocity dipped as low as 91 mph, Jacob deGrom called for the medical staff.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Terry Collins Acknowledges Mets May Fire Him After Season
The Mets reached the World Series last season and had high expectations for 2016.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Mets Likely To Skip Jacob deGrom's Next Start
The Mets staff and the struggling Jacob deGrom say his issue is with his release point.

Yoenis Cespedes Has No Plans To Exercise Opt-Out With Mets
The Mets traded for Cespedes last summer and then he re-signed on a three-year, $75 million deal with a clause allowing him to walk away after this season.

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Dwight Gooden Hurt By Darryl Strawberry's Comments
Dwight Gooden says he is reevaluating his friendship with Darryl Strawberry after his former teammate's recent comments that Gooden was "a complete junkie-addict."


Mets Place Steven Matz On DL With Shoulder Strain, Inflammation
The Mets have placed Steven Matz on the disabled list with a mild shoulder strain and rotator cuff inflammation.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Darryl Strawberry Trying To Save Dwight Gooden
Darryl Strawberry believes Dwight Gooden has relapsed into drug use and wants to get him to go for help.

Mets Have No Plans To Replace Terry Collins
The Mets have no plans to fire Terry Collins or any of his staff, according to Sandy Alderson.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Mets Shut Down Zack Wheeler After Setback
The Mets have shut down Zack Wheeler for two weeks after he suffered a setback in his quest to return from Tommy John surgery.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Bartolo Colon Draws First Walk In 282nd Plate Appearance
Bartolo Colon drew the first walk of his career Monday night against Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray.


Carlos Gomez May Be Option For Marlins
The Marlins are exploring a number of hitters in the wake of Giancarlo Stanton's injury and Carlos Gomez is among the options.

Joe Frisaro/MLB

Terry Collins Rips Mets After Sweep At Hands Of Diamondbacks
Terry Collins went after his team in a postgame news conference and lit into them in a closed-door meeting that lasted about 20 minutes after the Mets were swept by the Diamondbacks.

Roger Rubin/ESPN

Mets Plan To Discuss Extension With Neil Walker
New York acquired Neil Walker as a one-year rental this past offseason.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

D-Backs To Start Zack Greinke On Tuesday
Zack Greinke has been sidelined since July 3 with a left oblique strain.

Mets: Yoenis Cespedes Playing Golf Was 'Bad Optics'
Sandy Alderson called it "bad optics" that Yoenis Cespedes played a round of golf hours before landing on the disabled list with a lingering right quadriceps injury.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Lucas Duda May Miss Remainder Of Season
The Mets will shut down Lucas Duda for 30 days after he experienced a "flare-up" in his back.

Anthony DiComo/MLB

Trade Deadline Brings 18 Deals Involving 49 Players
There were 18 deals completed on Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, the most since at least the 1995 season.

Richard Justice/MLB

Mets, Reds Agree To Restructured Jay Bruce Trade
Brandon Nimmo, originally reported as part of the deal, will not be going to the Reds. Cincinnati will instead acquire Dilson Herrera and left-hander Max Wotell.

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