Here is the latest news and possible return dates for Mets players…
Aug. 25, 4:55 p.m.
Mets manager Buck Showalter updated a handful of injuries before first pitch against the Los Angeles Angels, headlined by a potential big step in the works for closer Edwin Diaz (right patellar tendon repair).
Showalter additionally shared the latest on the returns of infielder Luis Guillorme (right calf strain), outfielder Starling Marte (right groin strain) and third baseman Mark Vientos (left wrist tendinitis).
“I know Guillorme’s starting to a run a little bit today,” Showalter said. “… I think Edwin, if things proceed well, may throw a bullpen on Sunday. Marte continues his rehab. Vientos is playing tonight in Syracuse. That’s about all.”
Triple-A Syracuse plays the Buffalo Bisons at 6:35 p.m. The team announced a lineup at 4:15 p.m. that had Vientos batting third and starting at the hot corner.
Showalter elaborated on the possible bullpen for Diaz after fielding a follow-up question.
“He’s thrown off a mound — a bullpen, so to speak — inside,” Showalter said. “The only difference — Sunday’s going to be outside. That’s the difference, and that’s a work in progress.”
Aug. 23, 5:17 p.m.
Edwin Diaz threw off a mound Wednesday, the second time he’s done that since his right patellar tendon tear that needed surgery.
Manager Buck Showalter gave the media an update on Diaz before the rubber game between the Mets and Braves and said that the closer’s session on the mound went well.
“Went well. Velocity and stuff was good. He’s progressing well,” he said. “I know what they’re thinking the next steps are but we’re going to wait to see how he recovers from today before we go there.”
When asked if the next step is having him pitch in a simulate game, Showalter said they are not there yet.
Showalter also had a small update on Mark Vientos who is on the IL with wrist tendonitis. The skipper said that Vientos is scheduled to go on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse but that depends on the weather.
Aug. 22, 5:20 p.m.
Buck Showalter provided injury updates on two Mets relievers prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Braves.
Closer Edwin Diaz is expected to throw off a mound for the second time Wednesday as he works his way back from a right patellar tendon tear suffered in the World Baseball Classic.
Whether Diaz will pitch this season remains to be seen, but he’s certainly making some positive strides in the recovery process.
Additionally, John Curtiss underwent surgery on Tuesday to remove a loose body in his right elbow, the skipper says the right-hander is expected to be ready for Opening Day.
Aug. 21, 7:09 p.m.
Buck Showalter revealed the latest on a trio of injured Mets — Starling Marte, Luis Guillorme and Mark Vientos — before the Mets began a three-game series at the Atlanta Braves with a 7:20 p.m. start on SNY.
“We haven’t heard yet,” Showalter said of the results from Monday’s checkup with team doctors for Marte, whom the Mets placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to Aug. 6) with a right groin strain. “It was later in the afternoon, so we won’t know anything. Probably have an idea by game time, I hope, but he’s not imminent here. So it’s not something I spend a lot of time on right now, but we don’t know anything yet. I know his appointment was in the afternoon.”
Vientos — on the 10-day injured list since this past Thursday, Aug. 17, with left wrist tendinitis — is trending up.
“Good, good,” Showalter said. “I think he’s made progress. The first day or so, he was kind of sore from the injection. But he’s kind past that now, and he’s got a chance to be available — maybe not on the day he’s eligible, but close to it. Everybody decides what they want to do with him when he is ready, whether he needs to go play or not.”
Guillorme has been on the 10-day injured list since July 22 with a right calf strain.
“Slow, but making progress every day,” Showalter said. “I haven’t gotten an update yet.”
Aug. 20, 1:10 p.m.
Manager Buck Showalter said Sunday prior to the team’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals that OF Starling Marte (groin strain) is “progressing slowly, but surely.”
Showalter added that Marte will get checked out by team doctors on Monday to see where he’s at in his recovery. Showalter had previously mentioned the possibility of Marte playing in some rehab games before returning to the big leagues, and Marte agreed on Aug. 14 that it could be beneficial for him.
The veteran has been out since Aug. 5, and has played in only 86 of a possible 124 games this season.
Aug. 17, 5:00 p.m.
Prior to Thursday’s series opening matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Mets placed third baseman Mark Vientos on the IL due to left wrist tendonitis.
After logging 10 consecutive starts at the hot corner with Brett Baty sent back down to Triple-A, Vientos bowed out of the lineup for the series finale against the Pirates.
The 23-year-old underwent an MRI that revealed some inflammation and now a day later he lands on the IL. Mets manager Buck Showalter was optimistic that Vientos would be able to return in the minimum amount of days.
In a corresponding roster move, the Mets have recalled Abraham Almonte from Syracuse. He was recently DFA’d after hitting .091 across 12 MLB at-bats, but ended up back in the system after going unclaimed on waivers.
Additionally, left-hander Josh Walker (right oblique strain) was transferred to the 60-day IL.
Aug. 16, 11:50 a.m.
Buck Showalter said before Wednesday’s rubber game against the Pittsburgh Pirates that All-Star closer Edwin Diaz threw off a mound in the bullpen as he recovers from a right patellar tendon tear suffered in the World Baseball Classic before the season.
Whether Diaz will pitch this season remains to be seen, but this step in the recovery process is definitely a good sign.
Infielder Mark Vientos had an MRI on his left wrist that revealed inflammation, but no structural damage. He is being listed as day-to-day.
Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m.
Prior to Monday night’s series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Mets announced right-handed pitcher Sam Coonrod has been reinstated from the 60-day injured list and left-hander Josh Walker was placed on the 15-day IL (retroactive to Aug. 13) with a right oblique strain.
Coonrod, 30, was a candidate for one of the final spots in the Mets’ bullpen out of spring training but was placed on the IL on March 14 with a high-grade late strain. In 10 outings during his rehab, including two starts, the right-hander has allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits over 9.1 innings with 12 strikeouts and eight walks.
Walker appeared in 14 games during his stints with the Mets this season, allowing 11 runs (nine earned) in 10.0 innings at the big league level.
The Mets also recalled RHP John Curtiss from Triple-A Syracuse and placed him on the 60-day IL with a loose body in his right elbow and outrighted RHP Jimmy Yacabonis to Triple-A.
Aug. 14, 4:05 p.m.
On Sunday, manager Buck Showalter mentioned the possibility of Starling Marte playing in some rehab games rather than just coming straight back into major league action when he returns from his IL stint.
On Monday, Marte agreed that rehab games may be the best course of action for him as he returns from a groin strain.
“Yeah, I think it’ll be favorable for me to do that to kind of catch my rhythm again,” said Marte, via an interpreter. “So, we’ll see.”
The veteran outfielder has played in 86 of a possible 118 games this season.
“It’s been tough being out there after having a career where you’re pretty much playing every single day,” he said. “Now with the situation that I’m in right now, I think the biggest value is for me to be there, be outside watching the game and being one of those veteran leaders talking to the young guys and just pointing out what they can better and how to approach the game on a daily level.”
Aug. 13, 4:58 p.m.
Nimmo spent the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader in left field while dealing with a left quad injury. He remains in left field for Sunday’s game, but his status is trending up, according to Showalter.
“We plan on Nim’ being our center fielder next year — and, I think, again this year,” Showalter said. “He’ll be back out there. He’s getting close to being back to a hundred percent.”
Marte, whom the Mets played on the 10-day injured list Aug. 7 (retroactive to Aug. 6) with a right groin strain, is a bit of more mixed.
“Progressing, little by little,” Showalter said of Marte. “He’s pretty sore from the injections. … Little by little, as he gets away from the injections, they’re able to step up some of the things that should get him there. He’s eligible on Wednesday. I don’t think that’s going to happen.
“We’ve actually talked about this time potentially playing some games before he comes back. It’s not just a blind, ‘Go play games.’ There’s a lot more to it than that. You have to cross some bridges to get there. With some players, you don’t have to. With some, you do because of their service time.”
Aug. 12, 5:24 p.m.
After the Mets’ Game 1 loss to the Braves on Saturday, manager Buck Showalter said he expects Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor to be in the lineup for the night cap of the team’s doubleheader.
While Lindor is dealing with a sore right side, Nimmo says he’s been dealing with an unspecified injury near his left quadriceps. This is the same area on the body that caused him to miss a couple of games earlier in the month.
The Mets said Nimmo is dealing with a “left quad contusion” but the outfielder said it’s a strain, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. Nimmo estimates he’s playing at 85 percent and believes playing left field instead of center field will limit the risk of aggravating his quad. He also said swinging a bat doesn’t hurt him so it’s just managing the issue while in the field.
Aug. 12, 11:40 a.m.
While speaking to reporters prior to Saturday’s doubleheader against the Braves, Mets manager Buck Showalter said shortstop Francisco Lindor received “pretty good news” on his MRI.
Lindor, who was scratched from Friday’s lineup due to right side soreness, remains on the bench for the second straight game. The skipper did say he may be available for either game though.
Aug. 9, 5:50 p.m.
Mets closer Edwin Diaz continues to rehab from the knee injury he suffered during the World Baseball Classic and the team is mulling whether they want to have the reliever pitch this season.
When asked about that prior to Wednesday’s game, manager Buck Showalter said that Diaz is having a “great” rehab and that he actually looks more fit than he did last season, but whether they want to push to get him some work in the majors before the year is still up in the air.
“He might make it, or might not. But we’re not going to push it,” Showalter said. “I don’t think we’re there yet. He’s not close to being a decision we need to make. But at some point, I’m hoping there’s that discussion that gets more serious.”
Diaz was seen on the field Wednesday and Showalter was asked whether the closer has been doing more baseball activities of late.
“He’s starting to do some pitching-relative actions,” Showalter answered while being cautious of his wording. “Today was a good step for him. Let’s put it that way. It just wasn’t done on the field.”
When asked outright if he was throwing on flat ground or a mound, Showalter declined to answer although he knew the answer.
“He’s doing well, meeting every benchmark,” he said.
Aug. 8, 7:52 p.m.
Following the good news that Starling Marte will not require surgery on his groin and that his manager, Buck Showalter, thinks he will play again this season, the outfielder received an injection in his right groin and will be cleared for light activity in the next few days.
Marte’s progress will then be updated at that time, but judging by what Showalter said earlier on Tuesday, it’s reasonable to believe Marte will be back on the field before season’s end.
Aug. 8, 4:40 p.m.
Starling Marte “got some pretty good news” when the outfielder saw the doctor who performed offseason surgery on his groin in Philadelphia on Tuesday and the Mets expect him to play again this season, manager Buck Showalter said.
“No surgery needed, but we’ve identified the issue he’s had and they attacked it today,” Showalter said.
Marte was placed on the injured list Monday, retroactive to Sunday with a right groin strain.
The skipper added this was not a situation in which they are considering shutting down the 34-year-old for the remainder of the season, saying it was “just the opposite.”
“Would like to see how this [injury] is gonna manage with what’s been done,” Showalter said about Marte playing again in 2023. “You don’t wanna go into the offseason [not] knowing if it’s gonna be an issue again. I know a lot more than I’m able to say here, I know with what we’re dealing with, I think you’ll see him play again this year. And it’d be good to see him finish strong knowing what the issue’s been.”
The manager then likened the idea of Marte playing again with the possibility of closer Edwin Diaz playing down the stretch after not pitching since he sustained a knee injury during the World Baseball Classic.
“Some similarities with Edwin,” Showalter said. “If Edwin’s available to pitch Sept. 20 for instance, what would you do? What would you do? I hope that happens. Is it smart for him to pitch or not? Wait til next year? Is there something to be gained? I hope we have those conversations. Right now we’re just trying to get him healthy and available and once that happens we’ll go down that road. But those are the things you ask yourself.
“Every case is different, obviously Edwin and Marte are kinda two different things. But I expect Starling to be back and playing.”
Aug. 7, 4:40 p.m.
Marte will see the doctor who performed the offseason surgery on his groin in Philadelphia on Tuesday, the manager said. The move will be backdated to Aug. 6, but Showalter indicated it could be a longer stint on the IL for the outfielder.
“Whether how long it’s been or what caused it, until we make sure that some of the pain and discomfort he’s feeling is not from the surgeries, we felt like that was behind us but sometimes, who knows?” the Mets’ skipper said. “We’ll let the guy who did the surgeries look at everything and ask him why he’s having this strained area there.”
Showalter indicated that he believes the injury has impacted Marte more acutely lately while it has been a lingering issue throughout this season.
“I think we all know by the level we’ve seen him play at last year that he hasn’t been able to do that consistently [this year],” Showalter said. “I don’t think he’s 100 percent and I think we need to try to get our arms getting him back to that again.”
Marte has seen his average (.292), OPS (.814) and OPS+ (133) in 118 games in 2022 drop to .248, .625 and a below-average 75 over 86 games this season.
Marte had been experiencing lingering discomfort in his groin throughout the season. Speaking with the New York Daily News in mid-July, the 34-year-old said the soreness is “affecting me more in my hitting.”
Showalter offered an explanation for Marte’s year-long slump on Monday pointing to the injury.
“You can see that his pitch recognition of the breaking ball is down cause he’s having to cheat so much on the fastball,” Showalter said. “He’s having trouble loading. And we’ve all seen him be a lot better.
“I feel for him. It’s gotta be really frustrating to have that much skill and ability and not be able to get to it.”
Aug. 6, 12:15 p.m.
Brandon Nimmo and Starling Marte are improving, but both were kept out of the lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles, manager Buck Showalter said.
Nimmo, who missed the Mets’ three-game series in Kansas City with quad tightness, started the first two games of the series and had two hits (including a double) and two walks over seven plate appearances.
“Nims (is) improving, didn’t wanna go three days in a row,” Showalter said. “Actually moved a little better last night than he the first night. He’s got a wrap there, I think that’s why it looks maybe worse than it is. He’s getting there, a quick turnaround.”
Marte, who missed several weeks while dealing with migraine issues, has gone hitless in his eight at-bats this series but did rob a home run in right field in Saturday night’s 7-3 defeat.
“Starling we had mapped out – played two, off today,” the skipper added.
Aug. 4, 4:21 p.m.
Prior to Friday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, the Mets activated Starling Marte from the injured list.
Out since July 16 after dealing with migraines, Marte is back in the lineup and is batting sixth while playing his regular right field. Brandon Nimmo (left quad tightness) is also back in the lineup after missing the last three games. He’s batting leadoff and playing center field.
To make room for Marte, New York optioned INF Jonathan Arauz to Triple-A Syracuse.
Aug. 3, 12:45 p.m.
The Mets appear to be getting close to having two of their starting outfielders back.
Buck Showalter told reporters pregame that he is “hopeful” both Brandon Nimmo and Starling Marte will be able to return for Friday’s series opening matchup with the Baltimore Orioles.
Nimmo was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup after experiencing some quad tightness during batting practice.
He has missed each of the past two days and is listed as day-to-day. Showalter hinted that Nimmo might even be available in some capacity for this afternoon’s series finale in Kansas City.
Marte has been on the injured list since July 17 due to a migraine issue. He was first eligible to return on Tuesday but was not ready to do so yet.
The 34-year-old told reporters Thursday that he’s been feeling much better compared to previous weeks.
“I’ve been working out there to try to get better,” he said. “God willing I’m able to continue to stay healthy and continue to be on the right track so I can stay out there on the field.”
Marte was getting in some work on the field prior to today’s game, and while Showalter hadn’t received word on how that went, the skipper is hoping he will finally be ready to go Friday.
Aug. 2, 5:45 p.m.
The Mets scratched Brandon Nimmo from Tuesday’s 7-6 loss at the Kansas City Royals in 10 innings due to quad tightness, and the center fielder elaborated on his status entering Wednesday’s 8:10 p.m. game.
“Went out for batting practice yesterday and just felt like some unusual tightness in my quad,” he said. “And came in, spoke to (manager) Buck (Showalter) and the trainers about it, went back outside, wrapped it up a little bit and was a little tentative on if I need to kind of let it eat and go get a ball in the gap — especially with this field, playing a little bit bigger in the gaps — that we were a little bit worried.
“We didn’t want it to turn into — couple days turn into three or four, six weeks, something like that. So anyways, Buck made the call and he was like, ‘Hey, go ahead and sit this one out. See how you feel tomorrow.’ Today I went outside, I went out and ran. I felt really good, but am probably missing that last 10%. And so, right now, we’re going to play things a little more safe.
“And so, probably today’s not going to be in there. But it’s just going to be day-to-day, and I’m not worried about it. I don’t think it’s going to be serious. I’ll be back in there in like two days, probably.”
The Mets did not, in fact, start Nimmo for Wednesday’s game.
Jeff McNeil occupied Nimmo’s leadoff spot while Rafael Ortega started in center field.
Nimmo, 30, is slashing .256/.380/.440 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI through 103 games this season.
Aug. 1, 11:40 p.m.
Brandon Nimmo was scratched from Tuesday night’s lineup against the Kansas City Royals due to quad tightness, Buck Showalter told reporters postgame.
The outfielder will rest for a few days and Showalter thinks he will be able to avoid a trip to the IL.
July 27, 5:00 p.m.
Starling Marte, who is eligible to return from the injured list Thursday, will not be activated prior to tonight’s series opener against the Nationals.
In fact, Mets manager Buck Showalter said the veteran outfielder’s return is “not imminent.”
Marte is still dealing with the migraine issues that sidelined him last week, just on a “lesser scale.” Though, according to the skipper, he may be seeking a second opinion in the near future.
Marte was placed on the IL a week ago, retroactive to July 17, after missing four consecutive games with the migraines.
July 26, 5:12 p.m.
Buck Showalter said before the Subway Series finale on Wednesday that Francisco Alvarez is “good to go” after receiving more tests on his hand last night and this morning.
Per Showalter, Alvarez’s grip strength is fine which is why the rookie is back in the starting lineup, batting eighth and catching against the Yankees.
Tommy Pham is also in the lineup, batting fifth and DHing, for the first time since July 23 against the Boston Red Sox. Showalter said his outfielder is getting close to being used in the field and that he is willing to put Pham out there if they need to over the course of the game.
July 26, 11:28 a.m.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, though X-rays taken Tuesday night on Francisco Alvarez’s right hand came back negative, the Mets are still waiting to see what the next step is for the rookie catcher.
The Mets want to check Alvarez’s range of motion in his right middle finger later on Wednesday, per the Post, before determining whether or not further imaging is needed.
Alvarez was pulled late from Tuesday’s 9-3 win over the Yankees after he was hit in the right middle finger by an Albert Abreu pitch.
July 25, 5:03 p.m.
Tommy Pham is missing his fourth consecutive game with a groin injury but expects to be in the lineup for the finale of the Subway Series on Wednesday.
Prior to Tuesday’s series opener in the Bronx, Pham told reporters that he needs “one more day” before he’s comfortable returning to the Mets lineup.
The issue for Pham is his ability to run at full speed. He told reporters that “when the score is 2-2 in the ninth inning, I want to feel confident I can score from second.”
In 75 games this season, Pham has hit .271 with nine home runs and 35 RBI.
July 25, 1:45 p.m.
The Mets announced on Tuesday afternoon that Luis Guillorme’s MRI revealed that the infielder has suffered a Grade 2 right calf strain.
Guillorme left the first game of this weekend’s doubleheader against the Red Sox in the bottom of the sixth inning after reaching for a ball at second that bounced off his chest.
The expected recovery time is at least four-to-six weeks.
Additionally, the Mets recalled Elieser Hernandez from Triple-A Syracuse and placed him on the 15-day IL with a right pectoral strain. The right-hander has dealt with numerous injuries all season long and is yet to pitch in the big leagues this season.
July 23, 3:58 p.m.
Tommy Pham (right groin) said prior to the Mets’ series finale against the Boston Red Sox that he’s available to come off the bench Sunday, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.
Pham added that he expects to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday when the Mets take on the Yankees in the Bronx.
The veteran tweaked his groin during Thursday’s game against the Chicago White Sox and has not played the past two games.
July 22, 4:33 p.m.
After Saturday’s Game 1 win over the Boston Red Sox, Buck Showalter said that Luis Guillorme injured his calf and is heading to the 10-day IL with a right calf strain, the team later announced.
“Calf,” Showalter said. “He’s probably going to go on the injured list, think it’s pretty obvious… I’m not sure if he did it from the first step or trying to make the throw to the plate. Doesn’t really matter right. That’s a loss for us. We get to add a pitcher for the second game and I know Billy [Eppler] and them are working to potentially get a player here for the second game to replace him.”
Guillorme left the first game of the doubleheader in the bottom of the sixth inning after reaching for a ball at second that bounced off his chest. The infielder was clearly hurt, laying down in the grass, and hobbled off the field. After the game, he said he felt the injury when he went to grab the ball.
“I’m not happy about it… It is what it is, but I’m not happy about it,” Guillorme said.
Guillorme added that his calf currently feels tight and he’ll know more when it gets checked out once the team gets back to New York.
July 22, 3:10 p.m.
Luis Guillorme left Saturday’s Game 1 against the Boston Red Sox in the bottom of the sixth inning with an apparent leg injury.
Playing second base, Guillorme tried to stop a hard hit ground ball, but appeared to injure his leg while reaching for a ball that had bounced off his chest.
Jeff McNeil replaced Guillorme at second base, as Mark Canha moved to left field and DJ Stewart came in to the game to play right field.
July 22, 12:57 p.m.
Manager Buck Showalter spoke to reporters Saturday before the Mets resume their postponed game with the Boston Red Sox, and provided an update on Tommy Pham (groin).
“Tommy’s here, they’re in the process of evaluating him,” Showalter said. “He had issues with the travel yesterday, all day. He ended up flying out this morning.”
Showalter said Friday that the MRI on Pham’s groin came back “good,” and it appears he will avoid a trip to the injured list after tweaking the groin during Thursday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. Showalter added that the team plans to be cautious with him over the next few days.
July 21, 5:00 p.m.
While speaking with reporters prior to Friday night’s series opener against the Boston Red Sox, Mets manager Buck Showalter said that the MRI on Tommy Pham’s groin came back “good.”
The outfielder has once again avoided a trip to the injured list, but Showalter says the Mets will be cautious with him over the next few days.
Pham left Thursday afternoon’s series finale against the Chicago White Sox in the bottom of the third inning after retweaking his groin injury.
He appeared to slow up as he made his way towards first base on a ground out, and then reached down at his right leg after he hit the bag. Pham left the game with trainers in the top half of the next inning.
Thankfully for him and the Mets, Pham seems to have avoided the worst again.
July 20, 4:40 p.m.
Just hours after placing Starling Marte on the IL, the Mets may’ve suffered another big blow to their outfield.
Tommy Pham left Thursday afternoon’s series finale with the Chicago White Sox in the bottom of the third inning after retweaking his groin injury.
He appeared to slow up as he made his way towards first base on a ground out, and then reached down at his right leg after he hit the bag.
Pham left the game with trainers in the top half of the next inning.
Postgame, Mets manager Buck Showalter said the outfielder will undergo imaging on the groin to make sure everything is OK.
While the Mets are still unsure if he will require a trip to the injured list, Pham is at least a bit optimistic. He told reporters the tightness doesn’t feel as bad as the first time he suffered the injury prior to the All-Star break in San Diego.
“I don’t want to give out false hope, but I would say it’s not as bad as two weeks ago, so there’s reason to be optimistic.”
July 20, 1:10 p.m.
Prior to Thursday afternoon’s game against the White Sox, the Mets announced that they’ve placed outfielder Starling Marte on the 10-day IL due to migraines.
The move is retroactive to July 17.
Marte was held out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive day, but he was seen taking fielding drills in the outfield Wednesday morning.
Buck Showalter said pregame that he expected Marte to be available off the bench, but things appear to have changed. The Mets have yet to announce a corresponding roster move.
July 19, 4:50 p.m.
Tuesday’s game would be the third game the outfielder has missed in the past four due to migraines. Showalter indicated Marte seeing a specialist after having his second migraine in less than a week was to “make sure we cross some things off” and “rule out some things.”
The manager added that Marte had had migraines in the past and it hasn’t been a chronic condition, so the organization was looking for a root cause of the recent flareups that have plagued him with a very upset stomach.
Jeff McNeil, who appeared to experience hip discomfort during Tuesday’s game, is “fine and ready to go” physically and in the lineup at right field for Wednesday night, Showalter said.
July 15, 5:00 p.m.
Mets manager Buck Showalter said he is not asking Edwin Diaz about the day-to-day process of his rehab, but indicated the closer’s progress has been promising four months after knee surgery.
“I try not to go by ‘How ya feel today? How ’bout compared to yesterday? How ’bout tomorrow? How you gonna feel…'” the skipper said ahead of Saturday’s game. “I can tell you one thing, he’s doing a lot of things [now that] he wasn’t doing.”
Showalter said he saw Diaz squatting down with a teammate in the hall earlier in the day and said he didn’t remember seeing the closer squatting down in that way. “I do look at it, but I don’t question him all the time about it,” he added.
“He’s doing well and he’s meeting every benchmark,” Showalter said. “What that means, he’ll let me know.”
When asked if Diaz, who was seen throwing in the outfield before the night’s game, is close to throwing off a mound, the skipper said he was not sure of any date. He added that the closer’s return would not be determined by the team’s place in the standings.
“When the medical people and the rehab people say, ‘this is the next step: to pitch in a game,’ he’ll pitch in a game,” Showalter said. “We’re not gonna push it forward or pull it back.
“It will all be medically based but that has not been broached yet, hasn’t been a conversation yet. We’re not there yet.”
Right-handed reliever Sam Coonrod, who has been out since spring training, has advanced to throwing off a bullpen, Showalter did not have specific information about a rehab assignment. The 30-year-old, who was a candidate for one of the final spots in the bullpen during the spring, could be an option for the Mets’ pen for the second half of the season.
Starling Marte was scratched from the Mets’ lineup for Saturday’s game due to illness. Showalter added he could be available off the bench.
July 14, 4:35 p.m.
Max Scherzer is scheduled to pitch the Mets’ series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, but manager Buck Showalter indicated on Friday the veteran right-hander has been dealing with a minor issue that is “nothing arm-related” but could push his start to Tuesday.
The Mets’ skipper has Justin Verlander starting the opener and Kodai Senga pitching on Saturday, but the rotation for the next few days remains up in the air, due to Scherzer’s ailment and Jose Quintana’s impending return from the injured list.
“We’re waiting on a couple other things that we have to make sure before we’re totally committed past that,” Showalter said. “But seeing how Q responds from yesterday see how his workday goes, but we expect him to be in there probably Tuesday or Wednesday, just trying to get arms around couple of other things on where Carlos [Carrasco] and Max fit, but I know what we’re thinking, we should know by the end of the day for sure.”
When asked for clarity on if something had cropped up with Scherzer, Showalter said,”Honestly, as always, I hope… yes, but I think we’re gonna be resolved, but I’m not 100 percent sure. He had one other box to check, it’s kinda like Tommy Pham, we’re just checking on some things and making sure it’s the right way to go before… I’d hate to totally commit. The plan right now is for him to pitch Sunday.”
July 14, 3:50 p.m.
Jose Quintana said on Friday that he expects to be activated from the 60-day IL next week as he has finished his rehab assignment following rib surgery.
“I’m so excited to be a part of the team in the second half and do the best I can do to win games,” the left-hander said ahead of the Mets’series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Quintana added he threw 84 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday and came out of it feeling good.
“Just the first inning a little off with command, but after that everything clean,” he said. “Get ahead [with some] heaters, get some quick outs and a couple soft contacts. So it was really good after that.”
Quintana made five appearances during his minor league rehab stint, allowing 10 runs (eight earned) on 14 hits over 15.2 innings with 16 strikeouts and eight walks. And in his last two starts with Triple-A Syracuse, he said he made some “better adjustments with his mechanics, especially with runners on base,” which was part of a new challenge working with the pitch clock.
The 34-year-old indicated will be ready when the Mets open their second series of the second half, a three-game set at Citi Field against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday and manager Buck Showalter added it would be Tuesday or Wednesday. And he added he has belief the team can bounce back from a disappointing 42-48 first half.
“We have the skills and the ability to make it,” he said. “Hopefully the second half the offense and pitching can click and be together for most of the time.”
July 12, 4:13 p.m.
Tommy Pham is considered day-to-day after getting reevaluated on Wednesday. The outfielder had imaging done on his groin on Monday and the results came back negative.
July 11, 7:30 p.m.
There is more positive news about Mets closer Edwin Diaz’s rehab nearly four months since he sustained an injury that required patellar tendon surgery while celebrating at the World Baseball Classic.
Alexis Diaz, Edwin’s brother and an All-Star reliever with the Cincinnati Reds, said his older sibling is “doing really well.”
“He’s been going out and throwing 125 to 150 feet every day,” Alexis Diaz said Tuesday, via Newsdays’ David Lennon. “He’s been recovering pretty fast. He’s a true athlete and really can recover quickly, so I hope to see him out there really soon.”
While the expectation after the surgery was that the injury was a season-ender, Edwin Diaz wasn’t closing the door on a return late in the season, telling The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal in late May that “If everything keeps going how it’s going, we’ve got a chance to pitch.”
“The trainers and doctors will decide, but I feel great. Let’s see what’s coming for us,” he said at the time.
In the middle of April, the Mets’ closer said that “If everything goes well, I think I can be back sooner than eight months [after surgery].”
July 10, 6:39 p.m.
As scheduled, Tommy Pham underwent imaging on his groin Monday in New York and the results came back negative, the team announced.
Pham will be reevaluated on Wednesday and an update on the outfielder’s status will be provided then.
July 9, 5:48 p.m.
Outfielder Tommy Pham left Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres in the bottom of the first inning due to right groin soreness, the Mets announced.
Pham will travel back to New York and undergo further imaging on Monday, the team added.
“Groin is a little, little tight,” Pham said after the game. “I’ve had an injury like this in 2018. Very similar, feels very similar. Maybe 10 to 14 days, we’ll see. I have an MRI scheduled for tomorrow to check the severity of it.”
Pham added that he “felt great” prior to the game, but “felt my groin get tight” while running right to a ball down the line. The outfielder knew he shouldn’t push through that feeling and signaled to the training staff to check on him, and subsequently remove him from the game.
Over 69 games this season, Pham is hitting .277 with nine home runs, 14 doubles, and 34 RBI.
July 9, 4:20 p.m.
Mets outfielder Tommy Pham left Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres due to an apparent injury.
Pham was running to field a base hit from Ha-Seong Kim in the bottom of the first when he appeared to reach for his groin area.
After the play was over, he immediately began walking towards the dugout and left the game with trainers. Mark Canha took Pham’s place in left field.
July 9, 3:26 p.m.
“Q, he pitched yesterday with, really, the flu,” Showalter said before the Mets’ 4:10 p.m. game against the San Diego Padres. “He’s having flu-like symptoms today, so I think that’s why his velocity and stuff was good the first two, three innings and then he kind of ran out of gas.
“I know he’s going to stay in Worcester … he’s not traveling today, like he normally would have, so I hope he doesn’t have to spend his All-Star break in Worcester. He was going to go home and come back for the sim game. I don’t know if he’ll stay in Worcester for a couple days, then meet us there, or not. He’s under the weather today.”
Quintana (left rib) could make his Mets debut on July 18 or 19 against the Chicago White Sox, Showalter explained.
“Potentially,” Showalter said. “See how he does, really, the next couple days and see how he does on Thursday. I hate to say I hope it’s the flu, but they test him for everything else.
“We’ll see how he recovers from that, but you can figure out the days that he potentially could pitch. But he won’t pitch on Saturday, so it’ll either be Tuesday or Wednesday.”
July 8, 8:10 p.m.
Following his rehab start on Saturday, the next steps for Jose Quintana will be pitching in a simulated game on Thursday, according to Buck Showalter.
Thursday is the final day of the All-Star break so that could put Quintana in line to make his season debut for the Mets in either the second series coming out of the break against the Chicago White Sox at Citi Field or the following series in Boston against the Red Sox, depending on how New York wants to deploy its starting rotation.
Quintana threw 79 pitches against Worcester.
July 4, 2:26 p.m.
Jose Quintana is scheduled to pitch on Friday night for Triple-A Syracuse in Worcester.
After that start, it’s likely Quintana will re-join the team although he won’t be in line to start a game until after the All-Star break.
The Mets’ last game of the first half is on Sunday, July 9 against the Padres in San Diego and they begin the second half of the season on Friday, July 14 at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Amazins’ will have a workout session on Thursday, July 13.
July 2, 4:32 p.m.
Buck Showalter said Sunday before the team’s game against the San Francisco Giants that LHP Jose Quintana (left rib fracture) is “definitely going to make another start down below” before he returns to the big leagues.
Showalter said that the Mets have a tentative date in mind for Quintana, but the All-Star break and post All-Star break schedules will dictate when he makes his debut.
The manager added that Quintana “feels good physically, that’s the great news.”
July 1, 4:22 p.m.
“I don’t know for sure yet,” Showalter said when asked about Quintana’s return. “He’s coming back here. … But talked to him, talked to the people that watched the outing and I know (pitching coach) Jeremy (Hefner) has looked at it on video, and that’s still to be decided about whether he needs to pitch again or not. Pitches thrown was one of the positives. He got up there in the 60s. But doing it in 2 2/3 is not necessarily good.
“But sometimes you’ve got to look at the reality of an outing, as opposed to just a pure pitching line. So I’m waiting to hear the feedback on what they think. So there’s a possibility that he makes another start there. The problem with it, we have in the game, is that there’s no games being played for four days. Kind of wish they would keep one team active. I think a lot of people have that problem during the All-Star break now, but they’ve kind of piggybacked it with the majors leagues and the minor leagues that you have an extended spring slash complex league.
“Everything shuts down. There’s good reasons, I’m sure, but it really makes it tough on guys that are trying to find a place to pitch competitively. So even if he made another start in the minor leagues, he’d still have a long time off before he would be able to pitch for us. I don’t know if that would be good or bad. I’ll let them kind of make those decisions.”
June 30, 4:08 p.m.
Edwin Diaz threw off flat ground in the outfield at Citi Field before the Mets began a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants.
The 29-year-old closer continues to work back from a torn right patellar tendon.
Below is video of Diaz in action.
June 27, 4:50 p.m.
Buck Showalter announced Wednesday that left-hander Jose Quintana will make another rehab start on Friday, this time in Triple-A Syracuse. Quintana most recently delivered four innings and allowed one run with High-A Brooklyn on Sunday.
Showalter also confirmed that David Peterson will make his next turn in the rotation and start Sunday against the Giants.
June 26, 3:33 p.m.
Veteran left-hander Jose Quintana told reporters at Citi Field that he’s feeling “all good” following his third rehab start on Sunday, saying he has not felt any lingering soreness in his rib/side area.
After two appearances with St. Lucie, Quintana threw 4.0 innings of one-run ball on Sunday for High-A Brooklyn.
He threw just 47 pitches for the Cyclones, and while he said he would have liked to go one more inning, the team wanted him to focus on hitting his spots and the organization was happy with his four “up-downs.”
Quintana’s next rehab start has not officially been set, but the lefty said he hopes to up his pitch count to around 70 whenever that time comes.
June, 24, 2:39 p.m.
Jeff McNeil is not in the lineup for Saturday’s Mets-Phillies matchup because of a sore wrist he suffered when covering second base on a steal attempt in Friday night’s game.
“He has a sore wrist today,” manager Buck Showalter said prior to the game. “He’s going to test it to see if he’s available [off the bench]. He could have played today if we wanted to push it. … Hopefully that’ll be a short-term thing.”
The throw from catcher Francisco Alvarez was to the right of the bag and when McNeil was trying to catch the ball and prevent it from going into the outfield, his hand was bent back by the foot of a sliding Bryson Stott.
June 19, 11:15 p.m.
Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez was visibly shaken up after taking a foul ball to the right hand/wrist area in the eighth inning of Monday night’s game against the Astros.
After being checked out by trainers, Alvarez tested his hand with a couple of throws and remained in the game, but he ended up being pulled in the ninth.
Mets manager Buck Showalter said postgame that initial X-rays on the rookie came back negative and the team will see how he feels tomorrow.
While Showalter was a bit worried seeing Alvarez that shaken up, the catcher told reporters he feels good and isn’t concerned about the injury at all.
June 18, 5:20 p.m.
Jose Quintana made his second rehab start with Low-A St. Lucie on Sunday afternoon as he works his way back from a rib injury.
After throwing just 1.1 innings his first time out, the left-hander was able to stretch out to 3.1 innings of work and 46 pitches. He allowed two unearned runs on a pair of hits and struck out four.
It’s unclear what the plan is for Quintana moving forward, but Buck Showalter indicated the Mets would like to see him stretched out to at least five innings before rejoining the team.
June 18, 11:28 a.m.
The Mets announced first baseman Pete Alonso has been reinstated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
“My body responded well to the treatment and the rehab, I’m just really happy it responded well and able to be in the lineup again,” Alonso said before Sunday’s game, adding he is “full go” in his return to the lineup with no limitations. “I’m at 100 percent everything.”
Alonso, who was expected to miss 3-4 weeks after being hit on the wrist by a 97mph Charlie Morton fastball, returned after missing just 10 days with a bone bruise and a sprain of the left wrist.
Alonso said after the fifth or sixth day of his IL stint he felt he was ready to return, but taking the full 10 days was necessary because it would have been “selfish” to take a roster spot during the days he couldn’t play.
“I’m just happy I get to play again today,” he added.
In a corresponding move, Mark Vientos has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. Vientos made 49 plate appearances in the majors since being called up on May 17 and slashed .178/.225/.244.
June 15, 10:38 p.m.
Pete Alonso was in attendance at Jeff McNeil’s Drive 4 Good charity event Thursday in Holtsville, N.Y. and was asked about how his wrist is feeling.
“Whenever I’m back, I’m back,” Alonso told SNY’s Eamon McAnaney. “I’m feeling better every day but we’ll see what happens.”
Alonso was placed on the IL on June 9, days after he took a 97 mph Charlie Morton fastball directly to his left wrist. While X-rays were negative, additional testing revealed a bone bruise and a sprain. A typical return for this type of injury is approximately 3-4 weeks.
The slugging first baseman has 22 home runs and 49 RBI this season with a slash line of .231/.326/.546.
June 15, 4:00 p.m.
Mets reliever Sean Reid-Foley appears to be closing in on the next step on his road back to the big leagues.
The right-hander is getting close to starting a minor league rehab assignment, according to the NY Post’s Mike Puma.
Reid-Foley underwent Tommy John surgery last May and after being non-tendered a contract this winter, he re-signed with the Mets on a minor league deal.
He made 19 appearances at the big-league level over his first two seasons with the Mets, posting a 5.28 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 34 strikeouts.
June 14, 4:00 p.m.
Elieser Hernandez reported side discomfort and is now back to a throwing/mound progression, per the team.
Hernandez has been working his way back to the mound after starting the season on the 15-day IL with a right shoulder strain. He was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 10, but was sent on a rehab assignment with the St. Lucie Mets on May 28.
June 13, 3:15 p.m.
Mets first baseman Pete Alonso was seen taking grounders prior to Tuesday night’s game at Citi Field.
Buck Showalter told reporters pregame that Alonso is “progressing well” as he works his way back from a bone bruise and sprained left wrist.
“He’s starting to start activities, we all know when he’s eligible, we’ll see what we get there,” the skipper said. “Little by little, hopefully we get there sooner rather than later.”
Alonso is first eligible to return from the IL on Sunday, but the initial timeline the team provided expects him to be out 3-4 weeks.
Left hander Jose Quintana also continues to make good progress as he works his way back from a stress fracture in his rib that required surgery.
Quintana was officially assigned to Low-A St. Lucie to begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday night. He will throw two innings in what will be his first game action since spring training.
The veteran recently threw a pair of live batting practice sessions down in St. Lucie, and after coming out of those healthy, he appears ready to get back in a game.
June 11, 12:38 p.m.
Manager Buck Showalter gave an update on Jose Quintana Sunday, saying that “everything’s going great” with the LHP’s progress.
“Everything’s going great, so far so good, knock on wood,” Showalter said. “He’s doing everything. They set up a schedule right up to the day if things went perfect, and he’s followed everything right on track so far. If anything, we’ve had to [pull back], he’s wanted to do more. He’s doing well, I’m trying not to assume anything with it.”
Showalter clarified that Quintana isn’t ready to pitch in a game yet, but the team has a date in mind for him to take the mound for the first time. Quintana hasn’t pitched since spring training due to a stress fracture in his rib that required surgery.
Showalter had also said on June 4 that Quintana was scheduled to throw live batting practice twice this past week in Port St. Lucie.
June 9, 9:52 a.m.
Pete Alonso was ruled “day-to-day” by the Mets after leaving Wednesday’s game in Atlanta after being hit on the wrist, but it sounds like there’s a chance Alonso could miss significant time.
SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino reports that the Mets are still gathering information on Alonso’s injury, and while no final IL decision has been made, it’s “trending” towards Alonso indeed hitting the IL.
Martino also reports the the Mets doctors are determining whether there is a fracture.
Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports that Alonso he may miss “a few weeks.”
Though initial X-rays on Alonso’s wrist were negative, the first baseman was sent back to New York for additional testing on that left wrist.
Mark Vientos started in Alonso’s place on Thursday, and he could see much more playing time if Alonso does have to miss a few weeks due to this injury.
June 8, 5:30 p.m.
Buck Showalter said pregame on Thursday that Pete Alonso has returned to New York to undergo an MRI and further testing on his left wrist.
The team is still awaiting the results for the slugger, who also underwent a CT scan this morning in Atlanta.
Alonso left Wednesday’s game against the Braves after being hit with a 97 mph fastball on his left wrist. He dropped to the ground in pain and was pulled after being checked out by trainers.
Initial X-rays came back negative and Alonso is being considered day-to-day. Showalter is hopeful he’ll be able to return to the lineup Friday against the Pirates.
June 7, 8:40 p.m.
Pete Alonso left Wednesday’s game against the Braves in the first inning after he was hit by a pitch.
Braves starter Charlie Morton hit Alonso with a 97-mph fastball on his left wrist. The slugger dropped to the ground in pain and was checked out by trainers before he was pulled from the game. Tommy Pham pinch-ran for Alonso.
During the game, the team announced that X-rays were negative and Alonso is diagnosed with a left wrist contusion, and is considered day-to-day.
June 4, 12:10 p.m.
Buck Showalter announced on prior to Sunday’s series finale that Jose Quintana will throw live batting practice on Monday and Friday this week in Port St. Lucie.
The lefty is yet to pitch in 2023 after suffering a rib injury during spring training.
Among a series of injury updates, Tim Locastro is on a timeline of 8-to-10 weeks on his return from a thumb injury. The outfielder underwent surgery recently.
Catcher Omar Narvaez is also eligible to be activated for Tuesday’s game against Atlanta. He’s been down in Triple-A on a rehab stint over the past two weeks.
June 2, 4:30 p.m.
Tim Locastro has been sidelined since mid-April with a right thumb injury.
On Friday, the speedy outfielder shared that the original timetable for his return at six-to-eight weeks. On that schedule, Locastro would be set to rejoin the Mets in mid-July.
Prior to the injury, Locastro played in 11 games for New York, stealing four bases after being hit with a pitch in three of his 10 plate appearances.
June 1, 3:00 p.m.
Mets closer Edwin Diaz has been on the injured list all season after undergoing patellar tendon surgery this spring after suffering an injury while celebrating a win with Puerto Rico at the WBC.
While many expect the right-hander to be sidelined for the entire 2023 season, Diaz isn’t quite ready to close the door on a potential late-season return. The hard-throwing closer recently told Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic that he’s feeling great in his rehab and his knee is responding very well.
“If everything keeps going how it’s going, we’ve got a chance to pitch,” Diaz said. “The trainers and doctors will decide, but I feel great. Let’s see what’s coming for us.”
Diaz still has a ways to go on the road to recovery, but it’s nice to see him responding well to exercise and expressing some optimism.
In his place, David Robertson has stepped up for the Mets, securing 10-of-11 save opportunities and posting a 1.48 ERA. If the right-hander is able to work his way back for a potential playoff run though, there’s no denying it would be a huge boost for the Mets’ bullpen.
May 31, 3:40 p.m.
Lefty Jose Quintana still hasn’t made his Mets regular season debut, but the veteran is getting closer to game action.
According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, Quintana will face batters for the first time since March on Monday when he’s scheduled to throw live batting practice. If all goes well with the live BP, a rehab assignment should be the next step for Quintana.
Quintana hasn’t pitched since spring training due to a stress fracture in his rib that required surgery.
May 29, 2:30 p.m.
The Mets have moved catcher Omar Narvaez‘s (left calf strain) rehab assignment to Triple-A Syracuse as he works his way back to the field.
Narvaez started his assignment last week with Single-A Brooklyn and went 1-for-4 over two games with two RBI and two walks. He will start for Syracuse and bat fourth when they take on Rochester on Monday.
The 31-year-old is still about a week away from becoming eligible to return to the big leagues. He last played for the Mets on April 5 and slashed .286/.353/.286 with two RBI over five games.
Buck Showalter said on May 24 that “there’s no indication he won’t” return to the team when ready, but the manager didn’t guarantee it.
May 24, 6:38 p.m.
“Will catch Thursday with Brooklyn and, also, Saturday with Brooklyn,” Showalter said of Narvaez, whom the Mets placed on the 60-day IL May 4, as the Single-A Cyclones continue a six-game series with the Winston-Salem Dash. “So he’s probably going to take Friday off. Then he’s going to travel to (Triple-A) Syracuse, to continue to the rehab assignment.”
The 31-year-old Narvaez, who last played April 5 in the Mets’ 7-6 loss at the Milwaukee Brewers, slashed .286/.353/.286 with two RBI through five games.
“I don’t know,” Showalter said, when asked if Narvaez would be back with the Mets in the big leagues as soon as he is ready to return. “Right now, there’s no indication he won’t. I mean, we try to be as concerted as you can be with this, if it happens again. And everybody will tell you, you’ve got to be careful.”
Elsewhere at catcher, Tomas Nido (dry eye syndrome), who began his rehab assignment with Low-A St. Lucie May 19, is “to be determined” and “day-to-day,” Showalter said.
May 23, 6:20 p.m.
Prior to Tuesday night’s game, Mets manager Buck Showalter announced that Tim Locastro will indeed undergo surgery to repair the UCL sprain in his right thumb.
The veteran outfielder suffered the injury while diving back into first during a game with Triple-A Syracuse.
Locastro didn’t think it was an issue until he ended up aggravating the injury later in the game on a swing. He was transferred to the 60-day IL last week, clearing a roster spot, and will not be back anytime soon.
Prior to suffering a back injury, which initially landed him on the IL, he appeared in seven games at the big-league level. Locastro didn’t record a hit but he did steal four bases.
May 19, 3:52 p.m.
Mets LHP Jose Quintana will throw off a mound Saturday, for the first time since he underwent bone graft surgery two months ago to repair a stress fracture in his rib on his left side.
“Everything went great this morning and happy with the results,” said Quintana, who met with reporters before Friday’s game against the Cleveland Guardians at Citi Field.
When will he make his return?
“Well, good question,” Quintana said. “I don’t know. I’ve been feeling great. I think I’m ready to keep progressing on the mound and when I heard that great news, I have a green light, so it’s time to get ready for baseball and get ready to be sharp and contribute to this team. So I don’t know when I’m going to get my first rehab game, but for sure, it’s going to be soon.”
Billy Eppler said in March that Quintana would likely target a July return, and the lefty agreed Friday with the GM’s original assessment.
“I think that’s a good potential (return),” Quintana said. “I think that’s a good date — if everything keeps going like it is right now, we’re going to be ready that point. So let’s see — I want to rehab and be prepared, and be ready when I come back.”
Quintana, 34, allowed five runs on four hits while striking out one and walking one in 1.2 IP over two spring training games earlier this year.
“It’s like my second spring training for one season,” Quintana said. “But we’ve been working pretty good, and I’m ready to touch the mound, so I can’t wait to start my rehab assignments and get ready for the season.”
In other news, the Mets announced Friday that C Tomas Nido (dry eye syndrome) had been placed on a rehab assignment with Single-A St. Lucie while OF Tim Locastro (right thumb UCL sprain) had been transferred to the 60-day IL.
“It’s probably a surgery injury,” manager Buck Showalter said Friday about Locastro, who injured his thumb diving back into first base.
May 16, 4:23 p.m.
Buck Showalter told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays that right-hander Carlos Carrasco is expected to make his return from the IL on Friday against the Cleveland Guardians.
Carrasco, placed on the IL in mid-April due to a bone spur in his right elbow, has made just three starts this season, pitching to an 8.56 ERA.
Meanwhile, Showalter said that Jose Quintana has a “huge” CT scan scheduled for Friday, and if the Mets get the results that they’re hoping for, then the lefty will be “off and running.”
As for catcher Omar Narvaez, he is “doing well,” per Showalter, and will begin playing in rehab games next week.
May 15, 2:30 p.m.
Buck Showalter told reporters before Monday’s game in Washington that Carlos Carrasco could return as early as Friday or Saturday, depending on how he feels after his next work day.
In his second rehab start after dealing with right elbow inflammation, the right-hander dealt four scoreless innings for Double-A Binghamton.
Carrasco last pitched on April 15 against Oakland, tossing five innings of two-run ball while striking out three.
May 14, 3:45 p.m.
Prior to Game 2 of Sunday afternoon’s doubleheader with the Washington Nationals, the Mets activated Brooks Raley from the 15-day injured list.
The left-hander has been sidelined with left elbow inflammation, which is always a concerning phrase, but as SNY’s MLB Insider Andy Martino indicated the team wasn’t too worried over the injury.
Raley was able to quickly work his way back, and went out on a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton earlier this week. He struck out three of the four batters he faced en route to a scoreless inning of work.
Raley’s return gives the Mets a much needed left-handed option out of the bullpen.
Prior to the injury, he was among the league-leaders with 14 appearances this season. Despite that he’s been effective for the most part, pitching to a 4.76 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 11.1 innings.
In a corresponding roster move, Dennis Santana has been designated for assignment. The right-hander was recalled prior to Game 1 and tossed a scoreless inning.
Additionally, left-hander Zach Muckenhirn will serve as the Mets’ 27th man for Game 2.
May 12, 3:10 p.m.
Max Scherzer threw a “very good” bullpen session on Friday at Nationals Park ahead of the Mets’ weekend series in Washington, D.C.
“Finally, feel like I’m turning the corner on this, getting through it,” Scherzer said from the visitor’s clubhouse. “Was able to throw basically a 30-pitch bullpen today, threw all my pitches, and finally felt great.”
The bullpen was Scherzer’s first such activity since he missed Tuesday’s start due to neck spasms. He finished with his usual fist pumps, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey, so he didn’t seem displeased with the results.
Scherzer confirmed that the team’s plan is for him to start Sunday’s game, which Buck Showalter had previously mentioned was a possible return date.
Showalter then told reporters that David Peterson will pitch the series finale on Monday to give Justin Verlander an extra day of rest before he pitches on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
As for other injured pitchers, Brooks Raley will be activated either on Saturday or Sunday and Carlos Carrasco will pitch in another rehab outing on Sunday, per Showalter.
May 11, 10:58 a.m.
Buck Showalter told reporters on Thursday that Max Scherzer (neck spasms) threw on flat ground, but he won’t be ready to start on Friday.
Instead, the Mets will start either Joey Lucchesi or Tylor Megill.
“Max threw out to 90 feet today,” Showalter said, “He’s improving each day, so it’s a matter of ‘when.’ Want to get him up on the mound and make sure that’s okay.”
Scherzer was originally supposed to pitch on Tuesday before his neck spasms started, and the thought was he may just be pushed back a couple of days.
Scherzer won’t pitch on Friday, though there could still be a chance he pitches in one of the four games against the Washington Nationals.
May 10, 6:35 p.m.
Max Scherzer continues to try and return to the rotation after having his last start skipped due to neck spasms, but suffered a minor setback Wednesday.
According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, Scherzer tried to play catch prior to Wednesday’s game but the Mets’ ace could not go long as the 38-year-old said his neck is still “in spasm.” Scherzer did say his neck is doing better than Tuesday but “it hasn’t fully let go yet.”
Mets manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that there was a chance Scherzer could pitch Thursday’s series finale against the Reds, but the team confirmed today that Kodai Senga will pitch his regularly scheduled start instead.
The Mets still plan to slot Scherzer during the upcoming three-game series against the Washington Nationals that starts Friday.
May 10, 4:48 p.m.
Buck Showalter said Tomas Nido is being placed on the 15-day IL due to a vision issue. The team later made the move official, referring to the issue as dry eye syndrome.
Showalter didn’t go into detail about what will be done to correct it, but said he doesn’t expect it to be a long-term problem.
The Mets have called up veteran catcher Michael Perez to replace Nido on the 26-man roster.
Nido hasn’t played since May 5, and he’s struggled mightily at the plate in his sparse playing time, slashing just .118/.148/.118 with just six hits and 16 strikeouts on the season.
Perez, a 30-year-old veteran, was originally acquired by the Mets in a 2022 trade with the Pirates. He was DFA’d by the Mets in October, but came back to the team on a minor-league deal later in the offseason.
May 8, 1:48 p.m.
Carlos Carrasco, originally scheduled to make a rehab start this past weekend, is now officially set to make that start on Tuesday for Double-A Binghamton. Carrasco, on the IL with a bone spur in his elbow, has been dealing with an illness, which set back his timeline by a few days.
Buck Showalter said on Sunday that the more Carrasco gets pushed back, the more likely it is that he will need to make two rehab starts instead of one, so Tuesday’s outing may not be his final step on the road back to the majors.
May 8, 11:37 a.m.
Mets closer Edwin Diaz is continuing to make progress during his road back from knee surgery.
Diaz, who no longer needs crutches to get around, posted a video on Instagram on Monday that showed him working out on an exercise bike.
There’s a chance Diaz will be able to return before the end of the season, which he spoke about in the middle of April.
“If everything goes well, I think I can be back sooner than eight months,” he said.
“They want me to get better first and then they’ll see how I’m responding and my strength and all these things that I have to do, and then start throwing,” Diaz explained. “If the tests come back good, I might throw this year.
“I’m feeling great. We are working hard to see if I can come back as soon as possible, but everything is going in the right direction right now with the team, and the doctors say I’m doing great, so I’m really happy.”
May 7, 11:58 a.m.
Buck Showalter told reporters on Sunday morning that Carlos Carrasco is “definitely going to be set back a little bit” due to the illness he’s dealing with. The more he gets pushed back from his original throwing schedule, the more likely it is that Carrasco will need two rehab starts instead of one, said Showalter.
In better news, Showalter said that lefty reliever Brooks Raley (elbow inflammation) threw on Wednesday and it looks like he’ll be ready to go on Saturday, May 13, which is the day he’s eligible to come off the IL.
May 6, 1: 15 p.m.
Carlos Carrasco’s next step in a potential return to the Mets’ starting rotation is going to have to wait a few more days.
Mets manager Buck Showalter told reporters prior to Saturday’s game that the veteran right-hander is dealing with an illness and he “is not doing well.”
As a result, Carrasco will not be able to make his rehab start, which was scheduled for sometime this weekend. The skipper said the team isn’t sure when that start will take place.
While he has been throwing at Citi Field, this will likely push back Carrasco’s timeline.
May 3, 1:22 p.m.
Carlos Carrasco is getting very close to returning.
The right-hander, who has been out for about three weeks due to a bone spur in his right elbow, is expected to make a rehab start on Friday or Saturday.
When and where Carrasco pitches will be determined in part by the weather.
The Mets hope to get Carrasco back in the rotation next week.
Carrasco was placed on the IL last month, retroactive to April 16. He received an injection in his elbow on April 19, and threw a bullpen session on April 27.
Manager Buck Showalter discussed Carrasco on Tuesday:
“I’m thinking that when he comes back this time he’s going to be able to deliver some more competitive outings,” Showalter said. “We know he’s capable of it. I really like what we’re seeing with his work days and stuff, he’s doing some things that he wasn’t doing before, especially with his recovery.”
May 2, 5:50 p.m.
Showalter provided an update to Jose Quintana (rib surgery), saying that the veteran is “throwing some now” as he continues to work his way back to full health.
“Quintana is, what, two-plus weeks away from what we hope is the last imaging where he can get turned loose to start on his path back,” Showalter said. “He’s throwing some now, but not anything strenuously.”
April 29, 5:10 p.m.
The Mets have placed Brooks Raley on the 15-day Injured List due to left elbow inflammation, retroactive to Friday.
In 14 relief appearances on the year, the veteran lefty allowed six runs (all earned) on 11 hits over 11.1 innings good for a 4.76 ERA (5.91 FIP). Raley posted 11 strikeouts with one walk and a 1.05 WHIP.
In a corresponding move, right-hander John Curtiss has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.
Curtiss began the season with the big league club and was a bit of a surprise demotion to when the Mets needed to make room for starter Joey Lucchesi on April 21.
In nine appearances this campaign, the 30-year-old allowed five runs (all earned) on eight hits in 10.1 innings pitched for a 4.35 ERA (4.70 FIP). He struck out seven and walked five during that span and posted a 1.25 WHIP.
Curtiss made one scoreless two-inning appearance in the interim in which he struck out four of the six batters he faced.
April 27, 4:11 p.m.
Justin Verlander will make a rehab start on Friday in Binghamton for the Double-A Rumble Ponies.
The game is at 1 p.m. against Akron.
The expectation, per Verlander and manager Buck Showalter, is for Verlander to join the rotation after Friday’s start — possibly on May 3 against the Tigers in Detroit.
April 27, 3:46 p.m.
Carlos Carrasco, who is working his way back from a bone spur in his right elbow, threw a bullpen session on Thursday, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com
Per MLB.com, Carrasco felt good after throwing.
Carrasco received an injection in his elbow on April 19 and was shut down for a few days.
He was placed on the IL earlier this month, retroactive to April 16.
If Carrasco is unable to rehab the injury, surgery is possible. But he certainly seems to be trending in the right direction.
April 26, 8:00 p.m.
Six weeks after his rib surgery, Jose Quintana will have a follow-up appointment on Friday.
Quintana is hopeful doctors will clear him to to start throwing for the first time since March and begin the process of getting back on the mound.
“I can’t wait to start playing catch,” he said.
April 25, 2:50 p.m.
The Mets announced on Tuesday afternoon that they’ve placed RHP Edwin Uceta on the 15-day injured list with a left ankle sprain, retroactive to April 23.
Uceta made one appearance this weekend against the San Francisco Giants. He struck out three and issued just two walks across three scoreless innings of work.
In a corresponding roster move, Jose Butto has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. He will start Tuesday night’s game against the Nationals.
In his only big league appearance this season, the right-hander held the Oakland Athletics to just one run and five hits while striking out two in five innings.
April 23, 5:34 p.m.
Mets skipper Buck Showalter met with reporters ahead of Sunday’s matchup with the San Francisco Giants, explaining that Justin Verlander threw 43 pitches during three simulated innings earlier that day.
The plan remains that Verlander, who felt “all good” after his three innings, will make a rehab start on Friday, potentially with the St. Lucie Mets, but exactly where he will pitch hasn’t yet been finalized.
April 22, 3:10 p.m.
On the day the Mets got Starling Marte back in the lineup Saturday after missing back-to-back games, manager Buck Showalter took the time to provide updates on several players’ progress.
On Marte, Showalter added he felt like they could have “pushed it” and had the outfielder play on Friday and sounded hopeful that the neck stiffness that kept him out was behind the outfielder.
Showalter said Justin Verlander (right teres major strain) will throw live tomorrow and “So far so good, all the reports we’ve gotten back have been on task. Hopefully, that continues.”
Carlos Carrasco (right elbow inflammation) is two or three days away from throwing, Showalter said on Saturday. “I think there’s some unknown, until he starts throwing we’ll know where he is.”
Left-hander Jose Quintana is “doing well” and “making the progress he’s supposed to,” the Mets’ skipper said.
The club will be cautious with catcher Omar Narvaez, who strained his left calf on April 5 and was expected to miss almost two months.
“Those calf injuries, one thing we do know that if you go too fast and you jump the gun you can lose him for the year if you go too fast,” Showalter said. “There’s a pretty good track record of that injury and what you gotta be careful that you don’t do.”
Right-hander Elieser Hernandez, who landed on the IL after having shoulder discomfort late in spring training, is getting close and “everything’s progressing [after] he had a point there about a week ago where it was kinda flatlining, he wasn’t getting any better or worse,” Showalter said.
“It’s two steps forward, one step back… mostly forward now,” for pitcher Stephen Ridings. “Haven’t had anything negative in the last three or four [updates] I’ve read, but he’d be a nice guy to get in the mix,” the manager said. The Queens’ club claimed the 27-year-old right-hander off waivers from the Yankees last November and he was recovering from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the spring.
Sam Coonrod is not throwing yet, but the righty is “meeting all the markers,” Showalter said, adding the organization has to “slow-play” the lat-strain injury discovered in March that put him on the 60-day injured list.
April 21, 8:35 p.m.
Starling Marte is not in the starting lineup for the second straight game Friday with neck stiffness. However, manager Buck Showalter is optimistic that his outfielder will return this weekend.
“He’s better today and I’m hope he starts tomorrow,” Showalter said. “We’ll see how between now and gametime manages if we can use him in certain situations tonight.”
Marte was available off the bench Thursday, but did not enter the game.
April 20, 7:55 p.m.
After Starling Marte left Wednesday’s game early, the Mets kept him out of the lineup for the team’s first game against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.
Buck Showalter told reporters prior to Thursday’s game that the outfielder is considered day-to-day, and that there’s a possibility Marte can come off the bench.
“We’ll see if he’s a starter tomorrow and see, today, if he can play off the bench,” he said.
April 19, 5:48 p.m.
After Buck Showalter told reporters earlier in the day that Carlos Carrasco received an injection in his right elbow, the Mets announced that the reasoning for that injection is a bone spur in the pitcher’s right elbow.
As Showalter said, Carrasco will be shut down from throwing for the next 3-5 days, at which point he will be reevaluated.
April 19, 4:40 p.m.
Starling Marte exited Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the bottom of the sixth inning.
It’s unclear exactly why Marte left the game. Before leaving, Marte had gone 0-for-2 at the plate with a couple of double play balls, and while he wasn’t necessarily running hard on either of them, that’s been pretty standard for him since coming back from November surgery on both groin muscles.
Mark Canha entered the game in left field, with Jeff McNeil moving from left to right.
April 19, 1:59 p.m.
Carlos Carrasco received an injection in his right elbow and will be shut down for three-to-five days, manager Buck Showalter said.
The right-hander will be reevaluated after the shutdown period.
Carrasco was placed on the IL earlier this week due to elbow inflammation, with the move retroactive to April 16.
April 19, 1:49 p.m.
The Mets are getting a reinforcement for their bullpen, with Tommy Hunter being activated off the IL ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
To make room for Hunter on the 26-man roster, Denyi Reyes was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.
Reyes had pitched well for the Mets, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings over five appearances while posting a 0.79 WHIP.
Hunter struggled before hitting the IL, allowing five runs in four innings over two appearances.
He excelled for the Mets last season, with a 2.42 ERA in 18 games.
April 18, 6:38 p.m.
The Mets announced Tuesday that RHP Carlos Carrasco will be placed on the 15-day IL with right elbow inflammation. This move will be retroactive to April 16.
In a corresponding move, the Mets recalled RHP Jeff Brigham from Triple-A Syracuse and RHP Dennis Santana has been outrighted to Syracuse. Santana was designated for assignment after his outing on Friday, April 14 and cleared waivers.
April 17, 8:52 p.m.
Mets manager Buck Showalter shared positive injury updates on RHPs Max Scherzer (back/side soreness), Justin Verlander (low-grade teres major strain) and Tommy Hunter (back spasms) before the Mets played the Dodgers at 10:10 p.m. in Los Angeles.
“(Scherzer) had a good day today,” Showalter said. “Looks like he’s a go on Wednesday. Justin’s doing well, had another good day. Tommy’s feeling good from his outing, so Tommy’s eligible on Wednesday.”
The Mets close a three-game series at the Dodgers with Wednesday’s 3:10 p.m. start, which puts Scherzer in line to face Los Angeles RHP and former New York starter Noah Syndergaard.
“(Scherzer) threw some today off the mound, I believe,” Showalter said. “Verlander is on Tuesday, that’s tomorrow. He throws his second bullpen tomorrow, and then the next step is BP and then he’ll throw a game in his next outing — after a work day in between.”
April 15, 2:35 p.m.
The Mets placed RHP Stephen Nogosek on the 15-day IL with a right elbow bone bruise. Nogosek was struck by a line drive in Friday’s win over the Oakland A’s and had to leave the game.
In addition, the Mets made a few moves. They selected the contract of RHP Jimmy Yacabonis from Triple-A Syracuse. He will wear No. 73.
The Mets designated RHP Dennis Santana for assignment after he pitched 2.1 innings and picked up the win on Friday, and recalled RHP Jose Butto (who will wear No. 70) from Syracuse.
Prior to Saturday’s game, Buck Showalter said Justin Verlander‘s work day (his bullpen session) went “real well.” The manager said he didn’t know the exact number of pitches he threw but the plan remains that he’ll have one more bullpen before Verlander throws live batting practice.
April 14, 8:12 p.m.
Justin Verlander is set for a bullpen this week in Florida, Buck Showalter said from Oakland before the Mets played the A’s.
“I think he’s a go for a side,” Showalter said. “That’s good news. He’s going to throw a bullpen.”
Showalter added, “I think it’s probably tomorrow if he didn’t do it today — but I haven’t heard yet. I know that the word was that he was ready to take his bullpen step.”
Showalter later explained the plan for Verlander, whom the Mets placed on the 15-day IL March 31 (retroactive to three days earlier) with a low-grade teres major strain.
“Before he takes the BP — it’s side, side, BP and then we’ll consider whether or not he’s ready for a game,” Showalter said.
April 12, 11:38 a.m.
Mets skipper Buck Showalter provided a positive update on Justin Verlander on Wednesday morning, saying that the right-hander had a “really good day” on Tuesday, when he threw off flat ground.
“He’s doing good,” Showalter said. “Very close to… putting his foot on the pedal a little bit. He had a really good day yesterday. The people that work with him were very encouraged and when we go west, he’s going south. Hopefully, a side (session) happens soon, but we know he’s going to need to do a couple of those and a BP day and then we’ll put him in a game down there.
“We’ve been very cautious with it. He’s, as they say, champing at the bit, but we want to make sure we resolve everything in there before we turn it loose.”
April 11, 4:45 p.m.
Justin Verlander continues making good progress as he works his way back from a low-grade teres major strain.
Prior to Tuesday’s game against the Padres, Buck Showalter told reporters he had “nothing negative” to report on the right-hander’s status.
Verlander is yet to throw off a mound, but he was seen tossing the ball off flat ground again on Tuesday afternoon at Citi Field.
Verlander is first eligible to return from the IL on Wednesday, though he isn’t there quite yet. Showalter doesn’t expect the future Hall of Famer to make his highly anticipated Mets debut during their upcoming West Coast road trip later this week.
Instead, he will head down to Florida to continue his rehab. After clearing some more hurdles, Showalter expects Verlander will throw in a minor league game, though plans could always change.
Verlander, who has been out since Opening Day, recently said it’s “very reasonable” to expect him back before the end of April.
While Verlander won’t be back in LA with the team, right-hander Tommy Hunter is hoping to be able to return from the injured list when first eligible on April 19 against the Dodgers.
Hunter felt “really good” after throwing 40 pitches in live batting practice on Tuesday afternoon at Citi Field.
The veteran was placed on the 15-day IL prior to last Tuesday’s game against the Brewers due to back spasms.
Hunter, who has dealt with his fair share of back issues in the past, had thrown 44 pitches across two innings of work the day before. He has an 11.25 ERA in two outings so far this season.
April 10, 4:45 p.m.
Prior to Monday’s game against the Padres, Buck Showalter told reporters that Starling Marte is dealing with neck soreness but does not have a concussion after exiting Sunday’s game against the Marlins.
The 34-year-old departed Sunday’s game after a head-first slide into third base.
Marte hit .304 through the first 10 games of the season.
April 7, 9:30 a.m.
Catcher Omar Narvaez has been placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to April 6, with a left calf strain, the team announced.
Narvaez was diagnosed with a medium to high-grade strain on Thursday and the Mets said the typical return to play for this type of injury is eight-to-nine weeks.
The 31-year-old was slashing .286/.353/.286 in 17 plate appearances over five games as the starting catcher in his first season with the Mets.
As expected, the team called up top prospect Francisco Alvarez from Triple-A Syracuse, as he and Tomas Nido will now split time at catcher with Narvaez sidelined.
April 6, 12:34 p.m.
Omar Narvaez has been diagnosed with a medium to high-grade strain in his left calf, and will be placed on the IL.
Per the Mets, a typical return to play for this type of injury is eight-to-nine weeks.
With Narvaez out, Francisco Alvarez — who was summoned from Triple-A Syracuse after Wednesday’s game — will be activated ahead of the Mets’ home opener on Friday.
Alvarez was off to a hot start power-wise with Syracuse, with two home runs, four RBI, and a 1.056 OPS in 16 at-bats.
Narvaez, who signed a two-year deal this past offseason, was slashing .286/.353/.286 in 17 plate appearances over five games as the starting catcher.
Tomas Nido, who was serving as Narvaez’s backup, will now be splitting time with Alvarez, who spent lots of time in spring training honing his receiving skills.
April 5, 4:37 p.m.
Justin Verlander, who is on the IL due to a low-grade teres major strain, had follow-up imaging that showed reduced inflammation.
Verlander, who has been throwing while on the IL, will continue to throw as he works his way back.
When discussing the injury before Opening Day, Verlander said it was something he likely would’ve pitched through if it was later in the season.
His IL stint is retroactive to March 28, meaning he is eligible to return on April 12.
Meanwhile, Omar Narvaez felt something in his calf during Wednesday’s game against the Brewers in Milwaukee and was subbed out before the bottom of the ninth.
He is considered day-to-day, saying he thinks he’ll be okay.
“Just a little tightness as soon as I swung,” Narvaez said. “I’d rather call it a day and be safe for the next days. .. It wasn’t going to do anything good for the team to try to play hero, so just give the team a chance to try to win the ballgame. I was thinking more for the team and not to play hero in that situation.”
April 4, 4:53 p.m.
The Mets announced that reliever Tommy Hunter has been placed on the 15-day IL with back spasms. The right-hander threw 44 pitches in Monday’s loss to Milwaukee.
Additionally, right-hander Denyi Reyes (No. 72) has been selected to the major league roster, and fellow reliever Bryce Montes de Oca has been transferred to the 60-day IL.
March 30, 1:50 p.m.
Jose Quintana was in good spirits while talking to reporters for the first time since his scary injury earlier this offseason. The veteran left-hander is feeling good and he’s happy to be back around his teammates.
Quintana was forced to undergo bone graft surgery due to a rib fracture he suffered during spring training.
When looking at the initial scan, team doctors found a lesion on his rib. That discovery prompted a biopsy which general manager Billy Eppler said was part of the reason for the delay in Quintana’s status report.
The lesion was tested and came back as benign, which was when Quintana said things began to get a bit scary for him.
“After we got the news that it was something that was weak with my bone, that’s when I felt a little scared because it was more about life,” he said. “As soon as we found that and after surgery I took some time. I am healthy and now I feel way better and I’m starting to start my process getting back to baseball.”
While there’s still no exact timeline for his return to the team, Quintana is on the road to recovery and he remains hopeful he’ll be able to get back on the mound at some point this season.
“This week I start moving and doing workouts, and we’ll take it just one step at a time,” he said. “The good thing is I feel better and I’m starting. So I don’t know when I’m gonna be back, but for sure it’s gonna be one day close.”
Quintana started 32 games for the Cardinals and Pirates last season and posted a 2.93 ERA.
March 30, 10:27 a.m.
RHP Bryce Montes de Oca underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday and will miss the entire 2023 season, according to multiple reports.
Montes de Oca was scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to remove bone fragments from his right elbow after being initially diagnosed with a stress reaction in his elbow.
Doctors removed a large bone spur and a bone fragment in the back of the elbow during surgery, but then tested the UCL and determined it needed to be replaced, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.
It’s Montes de Oca’s second Tommy John surgery, as the right-hander underwent the procedure in 2013 while in high school, per Michael Mayer.
The 26-year-old appeared in three spring training games for the Mets before suffering the initial injury and impressed many with his velocity.
March 29, 5:04 p.m.
RHP Elieser Hernandez will begin the season on the injured list with a right shoulder strain, according to GM Billy Eppler.
Per Eppler, Hernandez had some soreness coming out of a game late last week that lingered and resulted in the right-hander taking anti-inflammatory medicine. Eppler said Hernandez has begun to play catch after being shut down for a couple of days and that he “feels fine” but will have to be built back up a little bit.
The full roster will be announced tomorrow, Epper said.
March 29, 9:44 a.m.
RHP Bryce Montes de Ocawill undergo arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to remove bone fragments from his right elbow, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
The timetable for Montes de Oca’s return won’t be known until after surgery, but it will be a months-long absence.
The hard-throwing right-hander had been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his elbow earlier this month, and the initial plan was for him to not throw for a couple of weeks.
March 25, 4:35 p.m.
Mets manager Buck Showalter told reporters prior to Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals that outfielder Brandon Nimmo would not be limited.
While Showalter joked that every player is “limited” in some capacity, Nimmo being able to swing, run and defend like a regular season game makes him probable to play Opening Day. Nimmo played four innings in center field in a minor league game this week as he recovered from minor knee and ankle sprains.
On Carlos Carrasco, Showalter said that his starter’s elbow is doing well.
“He had a real good work day and is exactly where he needs to be,” he said. Buck compared Carrasco’s “elbow maintenance” to an oil change that he gets every year. It just happened to be during spring training and not another time of the year.
Carrasco will stay in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and start on Tuesday.
On Starling Marte, Showalter says that he hasn’t seen lingering effects of his offseason surgery and said “so far, so good.”
March 24, 4:25 p.m.
Brandon Nimmo is expected to play Saturday in the team’s spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Buck Showalter said Friday.
Showalter added that Nimmo “felt good” after playing four innings in center field in a minor league game as he’s been battling minor knee and ankle sprains.
The manager said that Nimmo will play Saturday as long as he wakes up feeling OK.
March 23. 3:40 p.m.
Brandon Nimmo, who has been dealing with minor knee and ankle sprains, continues to make progress.
The outfielder took five at-bats in a minor league game on Thursday, with his trips to the plate including a triple that he ran out.
He did drills on the field on Thursday, including hitting, running, and fielding.
Barring a setback, Nimmo appears on track to be ready for Opening Day.
March 22, 11:17 a.m.
Edwin Diaz, who turned 29 years old on Wednesday, tweeted an update as he recovers from knee surgery.
“Regarding my health, I feel super good, positive in rehabilitation so I can return as soon as possible,” the closer wrote in Spanish.
Diaz had surgery last week to repair a full tear of his right patellar tendon, and could miss the entire season.
However, while GM Billy Eppler said the typical recovery time is eight months, he noted that some players make it back in as few as six months — though that’s more of an exception than the norm.
In other injury news, Brooks Raley (dealing with a hamstring injury) threw on Wednesday, with manager Buck Showalter saying “so far so good” regarding Raley’s progression.
March 22, 10:07 a.m.
Brandon Nimmo did hitting, fielding, and running during the Mets’ off-day on Tuesday and is hoping to play in New York’s last two spring training games this weekend, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
Per Mike Puma of The New York Post, Mets officials “liked what they saw” from Nimmo on Tuesday.
Speaking on Sunday morning, Nimmo said he “definitely” thinks he’ll be ready for the start of the regular season.
The Mets open the year on March 30 against the Marlins in Miami.
“Low (grade) sprain, ankle and knee, which is honestly best-case scenario with what happened,” Nimmo said on Sunday. “Pretty glad about that. Right now we’re just taking it day-by-day. I feel a lot better today than I did yesterday. Once we get all that inflammation out of there, I’ll feel a lot better with it. So, I’m not ruling anything out right now.
“In my heart of hearts, yeah, I do think [I’ll be ready for Opening Day]. Obviously, we have to see how it goes, but yeah, right now I definitely think that I’ll be ready for Opening Day.”
March 18, 4:10 p.m.
Mets CF Brandon Nimmo is week-to-week with low-grade sprains in his right ankle and knee after he underwent imaging Saturday on both areas while LHP Jose Quintana had successful bone graft surgery for a rib lesion Friday, GM Billy Eppler said Saturday.
“Brandon, this morning, woke up — he had a little knee pain, also, so we ended up doing an MRI on both, his right ankle and right knee,” Eppler said. “Both of those showed a low-grade sprain, so good news — everything’s structurally sound. So he’s in a week-to-week situation right now. We’ve got some time before Opening Day, so we’ll just continue to watch him, get an update on him probably about a week from now and then we’ll be able to give a little bit better timetable on him. But all in all, feel good about the results that we got compared to what they could’ve looked like. So that’s his situation.
“And then the other one, Quintana — Quintana had successful surgery last night to perform the bone graft. They were able to kind of clear some of the area that had the lesion and pack with some healthy bone that they actually took out of his left hip and he’ll be traveling tonight back to Miami. So he’s in good spirits, in a good spot. Like I said originally, it’ll probably be about a week and then we’ll start moving him around a little bit more. So he’s more in recovery, post-surgical-recovery mode right now. So that’s the updates on those two.”
March 17, 8:30 p.m.
The Mets announced that Brandon Nimmo left Friday night’s game against the Miami Marlins with right ankle soreness and he will undergo imaging on Saturday.
Nimmo had to be helped off the field by trainers after awkwardly sliding into second base in the bottom of the fourth inning.
March 17, 7:53 p.m.
Brandon Nimmo needed help from trainers and limped off the field in the fourth inning on Friday night after an awkward slide into second base.
Nimmo was down on the ground in pain after the slide and appeared to grab his right knee.
Manager Buck Showalter and team trainers then rushed out to check on Nimmo and help him off the field.
March 16, 8:00 p.m.
The Mets announced on Thursday night that Edwin Diaz underwent a successful repair of the patellar tendon in his right knee earlier in the afternoon.
The All-Star closer is expected to begin a formal rehab program in about a week, though he likely will miss the whole 2023 season.
Diaz suffered the injury in the midst of team Puerto Rico’s celebration after he closed down a 5-2 win over the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night in the WBC.
He went for additional testing on Thursday, and that confirmed the worst. The Mets will now be without their shutdown reliever for the foreseeable future.
Diaz posted to Instagram following his surgery and thanked everyone for their support, adding that “the operation was successful.”
“Puerto Rico, I’m good!!” Diaz wrote. “My family and I are beyond grateful with all the support we have received from you though your messages and prayers. The operation was successful thank God and we hope the recovery will be the same. Keep supporting our Team Rubio, don’t leave!! Grateful and blessed for the love shown to me I will never forget it PR thank you!”
March 15, 11:05 p.m.
Mets reliever Edwin Diaz suffered a knee injury after Puerto Rico’s win over the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night.
The injury came after the final out that sent Puerto Rico into the WBC quarterfinals while the team was celebrating. Diaz was carried off the field by coaches and teammates.
According to SNY’s Andy Martino, the Mets are aware of the situation and are “on top of the process.” Diaz is currently getting an X-ray, but it’s unclear when a diagnosis will be shared.
After the game, Puerto Rico manager Yadier Molina had no update for Diaz.
“I think it was the right knee,” Molina said. “He’s being treated here at the ballpark, but I don’t know [the diagnosis].”
The Mets put out the following statement regarding Diaz’s injury.
“Edwin Diaz injured his right knee after tonight’s WBC game. He will undergo imaging tomorrow and we will update when appropriate.”
March 15, 2:06 p.m.
Right-handed reliever Sam Coonrod, who was a candidate for one of the final spots in the bullpen, has been diagnosed with a high-grade late strain.
Coonrod felt discomfort following his outing on Tuesday, and underwent imaging that revealed the injury.
He had been having a terrific spring, firing five scoreless innings while allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out seven.
With Coonrod no longer an option for the Opening Day roster, it could open the door for other relievers including Stephen Nogosek and Jimmy Yacabonis.
March 15, 11:35 a.m.
Buck Showalter told reporters on Wednesday that Kodai Senga is expected to get the start on Thursday against the Washington Nationals.
Senga was scratched from his scheduled start last Saturday due to tendinitis in his right index finger, but he threw a bullpen session on Tuesday.
Senga also spoke on Wednesday, saying that as long as Showalter said he’s good to go, then he will indeed be ready to take the mound.
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