May 16, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Eric Goeddel (62) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Mets activate, recall Matz, Goeddel

LHP Steven Matz and RHP Erik Goeddel are on their way to New York, as the Mets will activate both pitchers from the disabled list when rosters expand on Tuesday.

Both Matz and Goeddel pitched in rehab stints with Double-A Binghamton on Monday.

Matz, 24, pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his final rehab start from a partial lat tear (Aug. 31). In four rehab starts, he had a 1.20 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 15 innings.

Goeddel gave up a hit and a walk in 2/3 of an inning Monday. The Mets expected him back from a strained right elbow on the sooner side (Aug. 31). He had a 3.00 ERA in six rehab appearances with Binghamton and 7.71 ERA in five outings with High-A St. Lucie.


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Colon pitches eight scoreless, Mets hang on to beat Phillies

Bartolo Colon threw eight shutout innings and Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson homered, as the New York Mets won the series-opener against the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-1, Monday at Citi Field.


Colon (12-11) retired the final 10 hitters he faced and extended his scoreless inning stretch to 16 innings. He struck out nine and give up four hits and one walk on 100 pitches for the Mets (73-58), who are 13-1 against the Phillies this season.

Jeurys Familia pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth inning by inducing a double play and striking out Andres Blanco, the tying run, for his 36th save of the season.

Conforto, who went 2-for-2, hit a solo home run to left-center off Jerad Eickhoff in the bottom of the fifth inning that gave the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Three batters later, Granderson drove in Colon by hitting his 23rd home run of the year to make it 3-0.

Eickhoff (1-2) allowed four hits and three runs in seven innings for the Phillies (52-80).


Jon Niese (8-9, 3.95 ERA) will pitch the second game of the series Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.

Aaron Harang (5-14, 4.79 ERA) will take the mound for Philadelphia.


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Jul 5, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws the ball in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Matz throws 5 1/3 scoreless innings in final rehab start

LHP Steven Matz struck out four batters in 5 1/3 scoreless innings with Double-A Binghamton in his fourth and final rehab start Monday night.

Matz, who was placed on the disabled list with a partial lat tear in July, allowed one hit and two walks on 78 pitches.

The Mets expect Matz to return from the DL in September as a starting pitcher only, but are being cautious dealing with the 24-year-old (Aug. 31).

In his four rehab outings, Matz has given up two runs and nine hits in 15 innings, striking out 13 batters. He threw six scoreless innings on 56 pitches on Aug. 26.

Matz was 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in two major-league starts before going on the DL on July 10.


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Mets outright Muno to make room for Young Jr.

The Mets outrighted Danny Muno to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the 40-man roster for Eric Young Jr. on Monday.

New York will promote Young, Kirk NieuwenhuisKevin Plawecki and Eric Campbell once rosters expand on Tuesday (Aug. 31).

Young was acquired on Aug. 22 from the Braves. Over the past three seasons, he has stolen 79 bases in 96 attempts.

Muno, 26, was hitting .148 in 17 major-league games and .296 with three home runs and 24 RBIs in 75 games with Las Vegas.


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TC and Mets have a plan for Steven Matz

The Mets have rookie LHP Steven Matz penciled in to a start during September, but they’re taking a wait-and-see approach before announcing anything official, Terry Collins told reporters Monday at Citi Field.

Matz will start tonight for Double-A Binghamton before rejoining the Mets on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

He went on the disabled list before the All Star break with a lat muscle injury, which doctors said would not have stopped him from pitching in a postseason game. However, to be safe in July, he was put on the disabled list.

“We have an idea, but haven’t really etched it in stone,” Collins said of when Matz will make his return to the team’s starting rotation. “We’ve got to see what the reports are tonight.”

Matz, 24, was 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in two starts before the injury, during which he had three hits in six at-bats.

Collins has repeatedly said Matz will be used only as a starting pitcher and not as a reliever this season.


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Erik Goeddel expected back in Mets bullpen sooner than later

The Mets expect to have reliever Erik Goeddel on the big-league roster sooner than later, Terry Collins said Monday.

Goeddel, 26, has been on the disabled list since June 12 with a strained right elbow. He has allowed just two runs in 5 1/3 innings since moving his rehab to Double-A Binghamton.

“I did the Tommy John rehab, basically, just because that’s the most severe injury — an accelerated version of that,” Goeddel told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin earlier this month. “It kept getting better. I guess it doesn’t really matter what it was, as long as it’s good now.”

Prior to his injury, he had a 1.96 ERA and 1.04 WHIP during 23 innings in relief with the Mets.

The Mets transferred Goeddel to the 60-day DL to make room for Tyler Clippard, which means they will need to make another roster move to put add Goeddel back to the 40-man when rosters expand after Sept. 1.


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Duda still isn’t swinging a bat, not likely to activated from DL this weekend

Lucas Duda is still just tracking pitches and has yet to begin swinging a bat as he continues his rehab in St. Lucie, Terry Collins told reporters on Monday.

Last week, Sandy Alderson said Duda was likely to be activated when he is eligible to return from the disabled list on Sept. 6. However, according to Collins, that no longer seems realistic.

“We think with a little bit of rest and some basic core and back exercises, he should be back when the DL time is over,” Alderson said last Monday.

Duda was diagnosed with a small thoracic disc herniation in early August, which forced him to miss five games before playing again and then ending up on the disabled list.


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Game 131: Phillies at Mets, 7:10 p.m. on SNY

Bartolo Colon (11-11, 4.65 ERA) gets the start as the Mets (72-58) oppose Jerad Eickhoff (1-1, 2.25 ERA) and the Phillies (52-79) at Citi Field on Monday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY in the opener of a three-game series.

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1. Curtis Granderson RF 1. Odubel Herrera CF
2. Yoenis Cespedes CF 2. Cesar Hernandez 2B
3. Daniel Murphy 1B 3. Aaron Altherr LF
4. David Wright 3B 4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Kelly Johnson 2B 5. Jeff Francoeur RF
6. Travis d’Arnaud C 6. Andres Blanco 3B
7. Michael Conforto LF 7. Cameron Rupp C
8. Wilmer Flores SS 8. Freddy Galvis SS
9. Bartolo Colon RHP 9. Jerad Eickhoff RHP

Colon Notes: Has a 4.28 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) spanning 61 innings pitched since July 1. In seven starts against the Phillies during his career with the Mets, Colon is 6-1 with a 3.26 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 47 innings pitched.


Eickhoff Notes: Allowed four runs (three earned) in six innings of work while walking one and striking out six during his start against the Mets on August 26 in Philadelphia.


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Mets Notes: Are 23-10 over their last 33 games and have gone 19-8 so far in August. The last time the Mets had 19 wins in August was 2006. Yoenis Cespedes has six home runs in the last nine games where he’s gotten an at-bat. The Mets are 12-1 against the Phillies this season, including nine consecutive wins.


Phillies Notes: Have gone 5-5 over their last 10 games and have a road record of 22-44. Philadelphia’s run differential (-162) is the worst in the majors.


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