Morning Briefing: When it Rhames it Pours

Good morning New York Mets fans, the Mets were defeated by the Atlanta Braves 7-6 on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park as the bullpen collapsed again.

Tonight, the Mets send Jason Vargas to the mound against Julio Teheran as they look to even the series in the last game of the road trip. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. at SunTrust Park.

Latest Mets News

Mets left-hander Steven Matz left Tuesday night’s contest with the Atlanta Braves prior to the bottom of the fourth inning with what the team is calling middle finger discomfort. X-rays came back negative. The injury occurred on a swing and miss when the bat flew out of his hand, he will go for an MRI.

The Mets placed right-hander Noah Syndergaard on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to May 26) with a strained ligament in his right index finger, according to a tweet from the team.

Syndergaard will throw a bullpen session this weekend and manager Mickey Callaway expects him to be on the disabled list for the minimum 10 days.

After pitching just three innings on Saturday, Jason Vargas will pitch tonight on short rest. After pitching two innings out of the bullpen on Monday, Seth Lugo will start on Thursday.

The Mets announced that they have optioned P.J. Conlon to Triple-A. Gerson Bautista had been the 26th man for Monday’s ddoubleheader but after Conlon’s poor showing, the Mets decided to keep Bautista.

Todd Frazier told Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review-Journal that “everything’s gone well” prior to his rehab. Frazier added that he’ll be done “hopefully by the end of the week here in Reno, I’ll be able to help the big league club here soon.”

Reliever Anthony Swarzak was in Las Vegas to begin a rehab assignment yesterday with the 51s. He allowed a bunt single and struck out a pair while throwing 16 pitches over a scoreless inning.

Former Mets Mookie Wilson and Ray Corbett will represent the team at the June draft this year.

Latest MLB News

This High School Baseball playoff game didn’t have your ordinary flyover, as a banner called for coaches to be fired.

Angels DH Albert Pujols had 3 hits last night, giving him 3,020 for his career which ties him with Rafael Palmeiro for 28th all-time.

Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski told NESN yesterday that it’s “highly unlikely” the Red Sox find a trade for Hanley Ramirez before they need to request release waivers on him on Wednesday.

Angels SP Matt Shoemaker had forearm surgery yesterday, there is no word yet on how long that he will be out.

The Red Sox have agreed to a minor league deal with veteran 1B Adam Lind.

The Astros have placed catcher Brian McCann on the disabled list with knee soreness, Tim Federowicz has been recalled from Triple-A to take his spot.

Latest NL East News

The Good Phight asks if the Phillies are standing on the edge of doom.

Latest on MMO

Tim Ryder says Devin Mesoraco is finding his stroke at the plate thanks to hitting coach Pat Roessler.

In this editions of the Talkin’ Mets podcast, Mike Silva talks prospects with MMO’s own Michael Mayer.

This Day in Mets History

2003: RHP David Cone announced his retirement.

2009: Mets trade Ramon Castro to the White Sox for Lance Broadway.

2014: The Mets become the first team to have three players appear in a game whose last name begins with a lower case ‘d’, when Travis d’Arnaud, Jacob deGrom, and Matt den Dekker all play in the Mets’ 6-5 walk-off loss to Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park.

Birthday’s: Fernando Salas turns 33 and Zack Wheeler turns 28.

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