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Travis d’Arnaud played seven innings for St. Lucie on Wednesday

Travis d’Arnaud caught seven innings and went 0-for-3 at the plate during a rehab game for High-A St. Lucie on Wednesday night (May 27, 8:35 p.m.)

On Tuesday, d’Arnaud had a hit and caught five innings during an extended spring training game that was his first game action since breaking his finger in mid-April.

D’Arnaud is expected to rejoin the Mets during the team’s next road trip, which begins Monday in San Diego, according to the New York Post (May 27, 3:59 am).

Mets top C prospect Kevin Plawecki, who has been starting in place of d’Arnaud since he went on the disabled list, could end up being sent him back to Triple-A when d’Arnaud is activated, Terry Collins recently said (May 20, 6:15 pm).

“You’re looking at guys who both should be playing,” Collins said. “That’s hard to do when only one of them can be out there.”

Plawecki, 24, is batting .218 with a .258 OBP, two HR and 10 RBI in 26 games since being promoted to fill in for d’Arnaud. D’Arnaud had been hitting .317 with the same number of home runs and RBI as Plawecki, but in just 11 games.


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Gee makes rehab start for Double-A Binghamton

Dillon Gee allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits, walked two and struck out four in 6 1/3 innings during a rehab start for Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday. He threw 96 pitches (67 strikes).

Wednesday’s rehab start was expected to be Gee’s final tuneup before starting for the Mets on June 2 in San Diego as the team transitions to a six-man rotation.

Gee told reporters over the weekend that he would be “wasting bullets” by making Wednesday’s rehab start. He was initially expected to rejoin the Mets on Friday to start against the Marlins at Citi Field. That start will go to Matt Harvey instead.

Gee has been on the disabled list with a right groin strain, and hasn’t appeared in a game for the Mets since May 3.

So far this season, Gee is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 30 1/3 innings (five starts).


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Only one Met among top NL All-Star Game vote getters

David Wright is the only Mets player to appear among the top vote-getters for the National League All-Star Game roster.

Wright is fourth in third base voting, with 327,319 total votes. He trails the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter (1,113,060 votes), Cubs’ Kris Bryant (583,583) and Reds’ Todd Frazier (424,035).

Wright has only played in eight games in 2015 and is hitting .333 with a .371 OBP, with one home run and four RBI.

Previous Reports

Wright’s contract is insured, and the Mets can recoup up to 75 percent of its value once he has been inactive for 60 days, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal (May 26, 10:40 p.m.)

Wright is owed $20 million in 2015 and $107 million through 2020.

He hasn’t played since injuring his right hamstring on April 14. His hamstring healed, but his rehab was put on hold in early May after he experienced back pain. He resumed baseball activities on May 18, but was again shut down this past weekend after pain resurfaced in his lower back. Wright is in California this week to meet with Dr. Robert Watkins and receive treatment for spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spinal column.


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Listen to this week’s #AskSNY with SNY.TV’s Rob Brender

In this edition of #AskSNY, SNY.TV’s Rob Brender answers listener voicemails about Matt Reynolds, Jeremy Hefner’s health, and Daniel Murphy’s next contract…



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Mets win, 7-0, as Syndergaard and Duda power offense

Noah Syndergaard tossed seven scoreless innings and hit his first big-league home run as the Mets defeated the Phillies, 7-0, to complete a three-game sweep at Citi Field on Wednesday afternoon >> Read more.

Need to know

Syndergaard threw 101 pitches over 7 1/3 scoreless innings, while walking none and striking out six of 27 batters faced. He also had three hits, including a home run to deep left-center field for the first home run by a Mets pitcher in three years. He is now 2-2 with a 2.55 ERA. He is the first Mets pitcher to strike out at least five batters in each of his first four starts. Sean Gilmartin and Erik Goeddel protected the shutout in relief.

Lucas Duda hit two solo home runs and also had a double. He’s now batting .294 with a .395 OBP and a team-leading eight home runs. … Michael Cuddyer hit his fifth home run of the season. He has nine hits in his last 21 at bats, raising his average to .262.

This season, the Mets are 20-6 at Citi Field, 20-9 against the NL East, and 8-1 against the Phillies.


Fan reaction

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone: Syndergaard has, so far, been all he was hyped up to be… and then some, especially with the bat. He looks like a real hitter up there. He’s now 4 for 9 with a home run, which is amazing. But, more impressive is that he didn’t walk a single batter today. He’s not flashy like Matt Harvey, he’s not eccentric or active on the mound like Jacob deGrom, but he’s equally intelligent and effective. I also have no issue with Terry Collins letting him start the eighth inning, since he’ll now be getting an extra day of rest each time the rotation turns.

Oh, by the way, how about Duda? I don’t understand how he isn’t getting more support for the All-Star Game. And, welcome back to Cuddyer, who has been on fire the last few days.

The Mets have dominated the Phillies the last year and a half. They don’t meet again until August. That said, if the Mets are in a pennant race, which I believe will be the case, given how they’ve matched up with these guys, it’ll be nice knowing they get the Phillies a bunch of times down the stretch…

What’s next

The Mets are off Thursday for the first time in three weeks. They return to action Friday at home when they start a three-game series against the Marlins. Harvey (5-2, 2.91 ERA) will start for the Mets against Marlins RHP Dan Haren (4-2, 3.09 ERA) ay 7:10 pm ET.


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Video highlights from Wednesday’s win over the Phillies

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard crushes his first Major League home run to give the Mets a 5-0 lead. >> Watch here

Lucas Duda hits his second home run of the game off Sean O’Sullivan in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Mets a 6-0 lead. >> Watch here

Michael Cuddyer hits a three-run home run off Sean O’Sullivan in the third inning to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. >> Watch here


To read post-game reports from the team’s beat writers, check out MLB.com, Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Bergen Record, ESPN, Newsday and NJ.com.


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Matt Harvey will be a guest on ‘The Daily Show’ Thursday

Matt Harvey will be a guest on The Daily Show on Thursday night (Dicomo, May 27). The episode will air Thursday night at 11 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.

Jon Stewart, the host of the hit show on Comedy Central, is a well-known Mets fan. He has hosted The Daily Show since 1999 and will be ending his run before the end of this year. Two years ago Harvey made a memorable appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

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LH reliever Phil Coke will soon be a free agent

The Cubs have put LH reliever Phil Coke on release waivers, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (May 26, 10:00 pm).

Coke has already seen interest from six teams who will likely pursue him after he become a free agent on Thursday.

The Mets met with Coke’s representatives during the off season, but never saw him as someone who could help their bullpen, sources told reporter Marc Carig (March 15, 8:26 am).

According to MLB Trade Rumors, Coke eventually signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs, despite receiving a guaranteed MLB deal from another team (March 15, 1:32 pm). He earned a guaranteed $2.2 million when he made their Opening Day roster.

However, he allowed seven runs, 14 hits and three walks in just 10 innings, which resulted in him being designated for assignment on May 19. That said, he was hitting 93 mph with his fastball with a 3.54 FIP, while having a 63.6 percent ground-ball rate.


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Full Nelson, presented by Time Warner Cable: Figueroa demos different foreign substances

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