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Injuries & Moves: Quintana continues to progress

May 31, 2023


Scherzer scratched with neck spasms; Peterson gets call

May 9, 2023

CINCINNATI -- Right-hander Max Scherzer was scratched ahead of his expected start on Tuesday against the Reds. Lefty David Peterson was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to start in his place. To make room on the active roster, the Mets placed reliever Jimmy Yacabonis on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to

Can Scherzer and Verlander uplift the Mets?

May 2, 2023

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Verlander close to return after strong rehab start

April 28, 2023

NEW YORK -- Five months after Justin Verlander signed with the Mets, and a little more than a month into this season, Verlander appears ready to make his debut. The 40-year-old Mets ace threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings in a rehab start Friday for Double-A Binghamton, setting him up to

Verlander nearing return, making rehab start Friday

April 25, 2023

NEW YORK -- Mets right-hander Justin Verlander is expected to make a rehab start on Friday -- location unknown -- before, hopefully, making his season debut against the Tigers next week. Verlander is expected to throw four innings in the rehab start. Verlander has missed the first month of the

Verlander on track for Mets debut vs. Tigers

April 23, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO -- Circle the calendar. Justin Verlander’s return date has finally become clear. Verlander threw three innings and 43 pitches in a simulated game Sunday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., taking a significant step forward in his return from a right teres major strain. He is lined up to

Carrasco (elbow) goes on IL as Mets' rotation takes another hit

April 18, 2023

LOS ANGELES -- The Mets’ rotation, already thin, absorbed another blow on Tuesday when the team placed Carlos Carrasco on the 15-day injured list due to right elbow inflammation. Carrasco, who had been scheduled to start Friday in San Francisco, went 0-2 with an 8.56 ERA over his first three

Díaz: 'I think I can be back' this season

In first comments since injury, Mets closer says he believes he can beat 8-month timeline
April 12, 2023

NEW YORK -- It was not long after doctors prescribed Edwin Díaz an eight-month regimen of rest, rehab and ramp-up that the Mets’ closer began considering how to defy that timeline. Speaking publicly on Wednesday morning for the first time since tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee on

Verlander turns corner in recovery, anticipates return by late April

April 7, 2023

NEW YORK -- Although “a teensy” amount of inflammation still exists in Justin Verlander’s right side, the three-time Cy Young Award winner is confident he can return to the Mets before the end of April. Verlander rejoined his teammates at Citi Field on Friday for their home opener, after flying

Verlander to injured list with low grade strain in upper arm

March 30, 2023

MIAMI -- A little less than 24 hours before the start of the 2023 season, Mets general manager Billy Eppler sat in the visiting dugout at loanDepot park and discussed the viability of what he has taken to calling “the two aces model.” Last year, New York understood that the

Nimmo feeling 'a lot better,' aims for Opening Day

March 19, 2023

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Two days after spraining his right knee and ankle, Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo was relieved that his injuries were not serious. In fact, he is still hoping that he will be in the Opening Day lineup on March 30 against the Marlins. “I was

Nimmo 'week to week' with knee, ankle sprains

Quintana undergoes surgery to repair stress fracture in rib
March 18, 2023

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets provided optimistic updates on center fielder Brandon Nimmo and left-hander José Quintana on Saturday afternoon. A day after injuring his right ankle against the Marlins, Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo woke up to pain in his right knee. He underwent an MRI on

Díaz likely out for season after knee surgery

Mets believe bullpen depth will help weather loss of dominant closer
March 16, 2023

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets closer Edwin Díaz suffered a complete patellar tendon tear in his right knee during Puerto Rico's celebration after defeating the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Baseball Classic. Díaz underwent surgery to repair the tendon on Thursday

4 options for Mets to fill Díaz-sized hole in bullpen

March 16, 2023

Edwin Díaz’s season is likely over after he suffered a right patellar tendon tear Wednesday night while celebrating Puerto Rico’s victory over the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. The stunning injury leaves the Mets with a big hole in the bullpen, where the club was counting on Díaz

Script has changed, and Mets have no choice but to figure it out

March 16, 2023

It was late Wednesday night and Edwin Díaz had already been wheeled off the field in Miami after the Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic game, wheeled off that field and effectively into next season after he’d injured his right knee in a postgame celebration. Already manager Buck

Quintana (lesion on rib) not expected back until at least July

March 14, 2023

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Following more than a week of tests, medical opinions and doctor consultations, including a period in which José Quintana feared a life-altering diagnosis, the Mets have both an answer and a plan of action to address their ailing starter’s condition. Quintana will undergo bone graft

Marte going for more tests after beaning

Initial concussion tests come back negative for outfielder: 'He may have gotten lucky'
March 12, 2023

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A concerning situation unfolded for the Mets on Sunday, as outfielder Starling Marte departed after taking a pitch off his helmet in the fifth inning. Initial concussion tests came back negative, but the Mets will reevaluate Marte on Monday to be safe. “He may have

Senga scratch Mets' latest spring pitching setback

March 11, 2023

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- For a brief time, Mets camp was bucolic. With minor exceptions, all 62 players were healthy. Nothing noteworthy went wrong. And while things could still turn back in the Mets’ favor, some worrisome cracks have appeared in the team’s pitching staff over the past week.

Notes: Replacing Quintana; Ruf debuts; 'pen competition

March 7, 2023

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A day after learning that fourth starter José Quintana had suffered a stress fracture in one of his ribs, Mets manager Buck Showalter on Tuesday was still “hoping for good news” regarding the left-hander’s long-term prognosis. Quintana’s original flight back to New York was canceled,

Ruf looks to get back to lefty-crushing old self

February 21, 2023

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- So convinced were the Mets by Darin Ruf’s track record heading into last August that they sent the Giants not only J.D. Davis, but three additional prospects in a trade to acquire him. The results quickly teetered toward a worst-case scenario. Ruf did not hit

Allan out until '24 after UCL revision surgery

February 4, 2023

NEW YORK -- Matt Allan, who was briefly the Mets’ top pitching prospect before Tommy John surgery derailed the start of his career, has another long rehabilitation in front of him. The Mets announced Saturday that Allan underwent UCL revision surgery in January. The operation is in effect a second

No. 1 prospect Álvarez has ankle surgery, expected to be ready by Spring Training

October 18, 2022

Mets catcher Francisco Álvarez, ranked as the No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline, had surgery to address cartilage damage in his right ankle on Tuesday. The injury, which nearly ended his season in September, stems from the loose body in his ankle. The Mets expect him to be

Scherzer placed on IL; earliest date to return is Sept. 19

September 7, 2022

PITTSBURGH -- In what the Mets believe will be only a temporary blow to their stretch-run rotation, the team placed Max Scherzer on the 15-day injured list Wednesday, four days after he exited a start due to left-side fatigue. Both Scherzer and Mets manager Buck Showalter downplayed the severity of

Max, Mets exercise caution after side fatigue prompts exit

Showalter on Scherzer: 'We're hopeful he can make his next start'
September 4, 2022

NEW YORK -- For Max Scherzer, a milestone win is proving elusive. Now for the sake of a Mets team hoping to ride Scherzer deep into October, they hope it won’t be too long before he gets another bite at that apple. Shades of the oblique issue that shelved Scherzer

Álvarez to receive ankle injection, will not need surgery

September 1, 2022

NEW YORK -- The Mets received a jolt of positive news from the farm on Thursday, when the team announced that top prospect Francisco Álvarez will not undergo surgery on his right ankle, which has kept him out of action for more than a week. Álvarez instead planned to receive