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Scott Rice to have season-ending elbow surgery

Reliever Scott Rice will have season-ending elbow surgery on Wednesday, according to beat reporter Marc Carig (Newsday, July 22).

Rice will have bone spur removed and a nerve relocated. The rehab time is expected to be four months, Carig said.

The 32 year-old Rice had a 5.93 ERA in 32 appearances in the majors to go along with a 1.32 WHIP. He was demoted in mid-June. In 5 1/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas, he posted a 3.38 ERA.

“I’m obviously not happy, but I understand their decision,” Rice said at the time. “I wasn’t getting the job done so they had to make a move.”

MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Dillon Gee talks trade rumors, return from DL

There’s speculation that Dillon Gee could be a fit for the Angels, who likely don’t have what it takes to acquire Rays LHP David Price (Rosenthal, June 19).

“There is A LOT of interest in Gee, ” MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone recently wrote (MetsBlog, July 17), based on conversations with people in scouting departments. “That said, I don’t see him being the guy dealt.”


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Gee says he and his teammates see the trade rumors, they know the talk, but they do their best to ignore it and focus on what they can control, which is the game at hand, he recently told SNY.TV’s Rob Brender.

“Yeah, we see it, but you just take it as part of the job, if it happens it happens,” he said. “I’d be lying if I said we didn’t see the speculation.”

In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, Gee talks with Brender about his return to the mound, the team’s improved play, and trade rumors surrounding the club…


Dominic Smith is becoming a complete hitter

Mets 2013 first-round pick 1B Dominic Smith is batting .299 with 21 extra base hits in 93 games this season with Low-A Savannah, despite starting the year hitting .167 after his first 19 games.

“If you stay positive and stay confident, things could turn around quickly,” said Smith, who credits his relationships with his family, friends, hitting coach Val Pascucci and older teammates, including L.J. Mazzilli, for getting him going >> Read more at SNY’s Mets Minor League Blog.

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Murphy wins Mets’ Heart & Hustle Award

Daniel Murphy is the Mets’ recipient of the MLBPAA Heart & Hustle Award, the league announced Tuesday (MLB.com, July 22).

The players’ association, including former and active players, vote on an honoree for each club who “demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game,” according to MLB.com.

A final winner is chosen from each of the 30 honorees as the overall recipient of the award.

Murphy was the Mets’ winner last year as well.

The overall award went to Dustin Pedroia in 2013.

Mets back to struggling at the plate

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Last night in Seattle, the Mets struck out 12 times, with four coming from Curtis Granderson.

The Padres and Mariners both have very good pitching staffs, especially their bullpens. That said, the Mets offense is back to looking like it did prior to going 8-2 at home and easing panic about their overall weakness, despite what the stats may have said


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The good-hitting, run-scoring, go-go Mets of the previous few weeks had been a team putting the ball in play regardless of count or situation, while not striking out much and drawing walks when all else failed. The last three days they were back to doing the opposite.

Naturally, the one ball hit really, really well on Monday, by Travis d’Arnaud, a bomb to left field, was beautifully robbed by Dustin Ackley. And so it went…

Jon Niese had a rough night, first start back from DL

Jon Niese returned from the DL on Monday, but allowed four earned runs on 11 hits and two walks in six innings.

The poor outing snapped Niese’s streak of 21 straight starts allowing fewer than four earned runs.


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Thanks to the All-Star break, he missed just one start while on the disabled list with a stiff shoulder.

“My arm felt good,” Niese said after Monday’s loss. “I could tell I hadn’t pitched in a while. I left a lot of balls over the plate. I wasn’t very consistent with my delivery. Every mistake I made they got a hit. All in all, the outcome wasn’t what I wanted, but my arm feels good.”

Monday’s poor outing snapped Niese’s streak of 21 straight starts allowing fewer than four earned runs.

Last year, Niese was diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff. He underwent two MRI exams in spring training, but both returned negative.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Man, he looked SO rusty, which I guess is understandable since he hasn’t made a start in three weeks. It’s a shame, though, because he was in such an incredible groove prior to having rest forced on him by way of the DL.

Last night, he looked nothing like the pitcher he had been since early May, as he struggled to command his cutter. What’s worse, he clearly had no feel for his curve ball, because he barely threw it. Granted, the M’s are really good hitting team, they grind out at bats very well, but Niese just wasn’t Niese. Hopefully, he shook off dust and will feel more comfortable the next time he takes the mound…

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What’s on tap for Tuesday, July 22

The Mets, who have lost three straight games, continue their three-game series Tuesday with the Mariners in Seattle at 10:10 pm ET.

Mets rookie RHP Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.18 ERA) opposes M’s RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 4.58).

Terry Collins said this past weekend that Bobby Abreu will DH the final two games of this series.

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In case you missed it…

Jon Niese returned from the DL to allow four runs and 11 hits in six innings as the Mets lost to the Mariners, 5-2, on Monday >> Read more.


Mets OF Chris Young left Monday’s game in the eighth inning with a left calf cramp.


Mets infielder Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to 22 games at Triple-A.

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Chris Young left game with a leg cramp

Mets OF Chris Young left Monday’s game in the eighth inning with cramping in his left calf, the Mets said.

“I felt it a few steps out of the box and tried to kind of push through it and it seemed like it went away,” said Young (ESPN, July 22). “I think I made the right decision coming out of the game, for sure, just to try to catch it before anything went wrong. So hopefully with the ice and some rest tonight I show up tomorrow and it feels normal.”

Young is batting .200 with six extra base hits in his last 40 games.

MLB: New York Mets at Seattle Mariners

Game Recap: Mariners 5 – Mets 2

Result: The Mets lost to the Mariners, 5-2, in the first of a three-game series in Seattle.


Need to Know: Jonathon Niese made his first start since July 4 after a stint on the disabled list. Niese allowed four runs on 11 hits in six innings. Monday marked 10 years since David Wright debuted with the Mets and the third baseman celebrated in style with two hits, including an RBI single in the third inning. Travis d’Arnaud was the only other Met with a two-hit night and was robbed of a home run by Seattle’s Dustin Ackley in the sixth inning. Juan Lagares singled in the ninth and came around to score the Mets’ final run of the game.


Game Ball: Wright, for his two-hit performance to commemorate the anniversary of his debut.


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What’s Next: The Mets and Mariners meet again Tuesday night at 10:10 p.m. Jacob deGrom  (3-5, 3.18 ERA) starts for New York opposite Seattle’s Erasmo Ramirez  (1-4, 4.58)

Monday’s minor league recaps…

Las Vegas infielder Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to 22 games Monday night in Tacoma with a 3-for-5 effort. He’s hit safely in 22 of 23 games since being demoted.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…