Morning News: Beats, Twisting, Necks & Thumbs, Beaning

The Mets routed the Rangers yesterday, which you can read more about here. They will look to take the rubber game of their three game series with Texas today at 2:05 PM ET, with Dillon Gee facing Derek Holland.

For full recaps of yesterday’s win, check out Mets Fever, Mets Today, Amazin’ Avenue, Daily Stache, and Brooklyn Met Fan.

In case you missed it yesterday, Jon Niese exited the game with a rapid heartbeat, and while he isn’t concerned about it, he will be examined by doctors on Tuesday when the team is in Detroit. For more, check out the New York Post and Star Ledger.

In addition, Jason bay did not play yesterday due to stiffness in his neck and Justin Turner did not play after he re-aggravated his thumb injury. Bay has been battling a stiff neck all week, and while Turner has been dealing with a sore thumb for a while, he is not expected to be placed on the disabled list. For more, check out the Star Ledger.

Last week, David Wright was cleared to begin baseball activities and traveled to Port St. Lucie to rehabilitate from a stress fracture in his lower back. Yesterday, Terry Collins told reporters he will begin twisting exercises and should begin hitting and running this week. Collins called a July 15 return “feasible” for Wright. For more, check out ESPN New York.

During their series with the Oakland A’s, Justin Turner was hit to drive in the game winning run on Wednesday night. On Thursday, Turner was hit once again, and according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, that was in response to Turner not making an attempt to get out of the way of the pitch from the night before. Rubin says Mets COO Jeff Wilpon was angry the Mets did not respond to Turner’s second beaning, and had some harsh words for his team after Thursday’s game.

Lastly, here are the National League Wild Card standings coming into play today: