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Gee: Extra rehab start ‘wasting bullets’

Dillon Gee expressed his frustration Sunday after learning he will make one more minor-league rehab start with Double-A Binghamton Wednesday.

Gee told reporters he would be “wasting bullets” in the minors. He was expected to rejoin the Mets Friday to start against the Marlins at Citi Field.

Gee is now expected to start against the Padres June 2 in San Diego, when the Mets will go to a six-man rotation. Gee’s delayed return means Matt Harvey will start Friday at Citi Field against Miami.

Gee, on the DL with a right groin strain, was in Pittsburgh Sunday after traveling from St. Lucie. His luggage and equipment ended up in Detroit.

“This has been the weirdest damn year in baseball I’ve had,” Gee said about of starting spring training in the bullpen, joining the rotation and then rejoining a six-man rotation.


Duda, Lagares sitting Sunday; Harvey starting Friday

Notes from Terry Collins’ Sunday morning session with the media ahead of the series finale with the Pirates (1:35 p.m., SNY):

Lucas Duda is out of the lineup to rest a tight right hamstring. Duda appeared to tweak it during a play at second base Saturday, but told reporters and Collins he was fine. Michael Cuddyer will play first and bat third, John Mayberry Jr. will start in left and bat fifth.

Juan Lagares was scratched with pain that continues to linger in his right armpit and elbow. Darrell Ceciliani will start in center and bat seventh. Wilmer Flores will start at shorstop and hit second.

Matt Harvey will make his regular turn Friday at home against Miami after Dillon Gee was given one more minor-league rehab start. The Mets will go to a six-man rotation when Gee returns the first week of June.

•Collins said Ruben Tejada will get multiple chances at third base beyond Sunday’s start in Pittsburgh. Tejada is hitting eighth.


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In this week’s #AskSNY podcast, MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone answers listener voicemails about Daniel Murphy’s trade value, what to do with Jenrry Mejia, Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada, and what’s available on the trade market at shortstop…

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ICYMI: MetsBlog Q&Acast with Mets Insider’s Joe Kraus, pres. by Citi

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What’s on tap for Sunday

The Mets will try to avoid being swept by the Pirates when Jon Niese (3-4, 3.72 ERA) faces LHP Francisco Liriano (1-4, 4.15) on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh.

Ruben Tejada will start at third base in place of a slumping Eric Campbell, Terry Collins said Saturday.

In case you missed it on Saturday

David Wright has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and has been shut down for another week >> Read more.

Matt Harvey allowed a career-high seven runs, as the New York Mets lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-2, Saturday at PNC Park.

The Mets assigned pitchers Bobby Parnell and Vic Black to Double-A Binghamton, where they will continue rehab stints.


Tejada will start at third Sunday

With Eric Campbell in an 0-for-19 slump, Ruben Tejada will start at third Sunday afternoon when the Mets try to avoid a three-game sweep in Pittsburgh.

Tejada hit his first homer of the season Saturday in the eighth inning of Saturday’s 8-2 loss to the Pirates. Tejada, who replaced Wilmer Flores at shortstop in the sixth, is hitting .214 with four RBI.

The Mets have scored two runs or fewer in eight of their past 12 games. They haven’t gotten much production for their third basemen, who are hitting a combined .256 with two homers and 15 RBI. The Mets learned Saturday that rehabbing David Wright will be out longer after being diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis.

Terry Collins is looking for the Mets to make more contact. They have 177 strikeouts this month.

“If you’ve got home run hitters, strikeouts, you nod your head and say, ‘OK,'” Collins said (May 23). “We’ve got guys who should live and die putting the ball in play, and we’re not making contact.”


Collins agrees more rest could benefit Harvey

Terry Collins agreed when asked if a third start on regular rest played a role in Matt Harvey’s career-worst outing Saturday against the Pirates.

Harvey gave up six hits (including two homers), two walks and seven runs in four innings, but said the issue was location, not health.

“You’ve got to look at everything. He’ll say no, I’m sure. But there’s no reason to think it’s not a factor,” Collins told reporters (May 23). “You still have to realize he’s first back from the (Tommy John) operation. And he’s looked so good. And we just get so carried away that he’s never going to have a bad day, that when he does, it’s shocking for us all.”

Collins told the team’s other four starting pitchers before Saturday’s game that they will go to a six-man rotation when Dillon Gee returns from the disabled list (May 23). Harvey has been clear he is not in favor of extra rest.

Gee is on track to pitch Friday against Miami at Citi Field, with Harvey following on Saturday against the Marlins.

“Everything was kind of all over the place. I wasn’t locating, obviously. Arm feels fine, body feels fine,” Harvey told reporters. “One of those days that if I tried to spin it, it was over the middle, if I tried to throw fastball in it was away and vice-versa. Pretty terrible outing.”


Saturday’s minor league recaps…

Mets SS prospect Gavin Cecchini had a big game at the plate Saturday for the B-Mets, going 3-for-5, with his fourth homer of the season, ninth double and a pair of runs batted in. He has a hit in five straight games.

Mets reliever Vic Black made his first rehab appearance in Double-A and it was successful. The right-hander tossed a scoreless 7th inning, surrendering one hit with two strikeouts >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors

May 23, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA;  New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Harvey allows career-high seven runs in 8-2 loss to Pirates

Matt Harvey allowed a career-high seven runs, as the New York Mets lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-2, Saturday at PNC Park.

Harvey pitched his worst start in his shortest-career outing. He gave up multiple home runs for just the third time. He allowed six hits and two walks in four innings of work.

Harvey (5-2) entered the game having pitched 16 consecutive scoreless innings with a 1.98 ERA. He threw 65 pitches and two wild pitches, and his ERA rose to 2.91.

In his previous five starts combined, Harvey gave up five runs in 36 2/3 innings.

His scoreless inning stretch ended in the first when he gave up a two-run home run to Andrew McCutchen, who recorded three hits.

Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4. He hit a towering home run to right in the second to make it and hit an RBI double in the fourth.

Harvey loaded the bases in the fourth on walks to Gregory Polanco and Francisco Cervelli. Pirates SP A.J. Burnett hit a sac fly and Josh Harrison followed with a two-run double to make it 7-1.

Burnett (4-1) was effective. He struck out 10 in seven innings, giving up five hits and one run for Pittsburgh (20-22).

The Mets (24-20) were held to two or fewer runs for the 11th time in the past 20 games.

Campbell’s slump continued at the plate and in the field. He went 0 for 4, including a rally-killing double play in the fourth, and is hitless in his last 19 at-bats. His throwing error in the seventh led to the Pirates’ eighth run.

Daniel Murphy drove in the first Mets run on a fielder’s choice in the fourth. Ruben Tejada hit a solo home run to left in the eighth.

Jon Niese (3-4) will pitch in the final game of the three-game set Sunday (1:35 p.m., SNY). Francisco Liriano (1-4) will pitch for Pittsburgh.