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3/25/2015 | Gilmartin making case for role in Mets' bullpen

The Mets have been taking an extra long look at their left-handed bullpen candidates since losing Josh Edgin for the season to Tommy John surgery.


3/25/2015 | Is Montero pitching his way into starting rotation?

Mets manager Terry Collins continues to dangle the possibility that Rafael Montero could pitch his way into the starting rotation to open the season. The 24-year-old right-hander continues to do everything he can to keep that possibility alive.


3/25/2015 | Lagares, Mayberry power up to back sharp Montero

John Mayberry Jr. homered off Masahiro Tanaka and Juan Lagares cracked a two-run blast off Dellin Betances as the Mets defeated the Yankees, 7-2, on Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.


3/25/2015 | Parnell throws scoreless inning in Triple-A game

A gaggle of scouts, executives and Minor League players gathered around a back field of the Mets' complex Wednesday to watch former closer Bobby Parnell pitch. Several of them clutched radar guns, curious to see how fast Parnell -- nearing the one-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery -- would throw.


3/25/2015 | Wheeler has successful Tommy John surgery

The first step toward getting right-hander Zack Wheeler back into the Mets' rotation has been completed. Wheeler on Wednesday underwent successful surgery on the flexor pronator tendon and the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.


3/25/2015 | Cuddyer ready to lead youthful Mets to the postseason

Michael Cuddyer is ready to be a veteran leader for a Mets club that's full of young talent. The 35-year-old Cuddyer, who signed a two-year, $21-million deal in the offseason, is a 14-year veteran who's made it to the playoffs six times.


3/24/2015 | NFL's Jennings throws first pitch in visit to Mets

Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Mets camp was supposed to be a fun outing for New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings. But a fleeting moment of stress overtook him when he thought back on the Mets' most erratic first pitch of last summer, courtesy of rapper 50 Cent.


3/24/2015 | Mets not banking on Black's Opening Day availability

With less than two weeks left until camp breaks, right-handed reliever Vic Black stands in the most precarious position of several Mets players nursing injuries -- a "question mark," according to general manager Sandy Alderson, who added that he's "not sure where [Black] will be on Opening Day."


3/24/2015 | Lefty candidate Leathersich optioned by Mets

The Mets' left-handed bullpen competition lost a member on Tuesday, when the team optioned No. 21 prospect Jack Leathersich to Minor League camp.


3/24/2015 | Bell's final toll: Longtime closer elects to retire

Heath Bell, a three-time All-Star with the Padres in 2009-11, is bowing out after an 11-season career. The reason, Bell said, was pretty simple. "My kids wanted me home," said Bell, 37.


3/24/2015 | Wright's bat remains hot as Gee stretches out

David Wright continued his hot month at the plate with a two-run homer off former teammate Collin McHugh on Tuesday in the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Astros at Tradition Field. Wright's drive in the third inning was one of only two hits the Mets mustered all day, and both came off McHugh, who struck out seven in five innings. McHugh's Mets counterpart, fifth starter Dillon Gee, worked four scoreless innings.


3/24/2015 | Harvey has no issues not starting either opener

As far back as September, Matt Harvey had penciled Opening Day onto his calendar, going as far as to proclaim that he was chalking the Nationals up "as a 'W'" on April 6. But a more subdued Harvey tipped his cap on Tuesday to Bartolo Colon, who will receive the Opening Day start in his stead.


3/23/2015 | Harvey the ace, but Colon to start Mets' opener

In lieu of several younger options to start Opening Day, the Mets will turn to 41-year-old, 17-year veteran Bartolo Colon, who led the team with 15 wins last season. Colon will pitch April 6 in Washington, the club announced Monday, followed by Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey.


3/23/2015 | Cuddyer among many hitting heroes behind deGrom

Jacob deGrom got off to a slow start on Monday, allowing a two-run homer to Michael Morse in the first inning. But things turned quickly as the Mets responded with an eight-run second inning, punctuated by Michael Cuddyer's solo home run.


3/23/2015 | Flores ditches walking boot, says he'll be set for opener

Shedding his walking boot on Monday morning, Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores expressed confidence that he will be ready for Opening Day despite fouling a ball off his left foot Sunday. X-rays taken later that day revealed only a bruise; by Monday, Flores had graduated from a walking boot to a simple wrap around the foot.


3/22/2015 | Facing another tough lefty, Duda swats first spring dinger

Early Saturday morning, first baseman Lucas Duda climbed onto a bus for the two-and-a-half hour ride to Lakeland, where the Mets were playing the Tigers in a Grapefruit League game. When it ended, he made the same trip back. The payoff came Sunday afternoon.


3/22/2015 | Harvey appears primed to return to dominant form

The Mets had hoped that Matt Harvey, who doesn't turn 26 until later in the week, could bounce back to be the pitcher he was before Tommy John surgery cost him the 2014 season, the pitcher who started the All-Star Game as a rookie the year before. This spring, he's shown every sign of being as good as ever.


3/22/2015 | Backed by early homers, Harvey twirls scoreless outing

Three home runs against Yankees starter CC Sabathia and another encouraging performance from right-hander Matt Harvey lifted the Mets to a 6-0 Grapefruit League win over the rival Yankees on Sunday afternoon at sold-out Tradition Field.


3/22/2015 | Lagares hits inside-the-park HR

Yankees center fielder Jose Pirela was carted off after he crashed into the center-field wall during the first inning of Sunday's game against the Mets at Tradition Field. Pirela collided with the wall while chasing a ball hit by Juan Lagares from Yankees starter CC Sabathia that resulted in an inside-the-park home run.


3/22/2015 | Parnell feels 'really good' day after first spring outing

The day after pitching under game conditions for the first time in nearly a year, Mets reliever Bobby Parnell reported no problems Sunday.


3/22/2015 | Collins doesn't want Mets to fixate on hitting homers

Even before the Mets get back to Citi Field, where the fences have been moved in, there have been signs that the lineup could be more powerful this season. Four more homers in Sunday's 6-0 Grapefruit League win over the Yankees at Tradition Field gave them 23 in the first 20 Grapefruit League games.


3/21/2015 | Castellanos leaves Tigers' game with foot contusion

The injuries just keep coming for the Mets, as outfielder/first baseman Alex Castellanos left Saturday's game against the Tigers with what the club is calling a right foot contusion.


3/21/2015 | Matz gets optioned to Minors after solid start vs. Tigers

Mets left-hander Steven Matz was optioned to Minor League camp following his start on Saturday, marking the second straight day that one of the club's top prospects has been optioned out of big league camp.


3/21/2015 | Parnell makes first appearance since return from surgery

Mets reliever Bobby Parnell pitched in a live game Saturday for the first since undergoing Tommy John surgery last April.


3/21/2015 | Matz matches Price, but Mets can't hold lead against Tigers

Highly-touted Mets prospect Steven Matz more than held his own against Tigers ace David Price on Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers rallied to a 6-4 victory at Joker Marchant Stadium.




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