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Mets' Jon Duplantier: Signs with Mets
Duplantier signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Thursday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Duplantier hasn't pitched in the majors since 2021, and he owns a 5.05 ERA across 103.1 innings in the minors over the past two seasons. He'll likely report to Triple-A Syracuse to begin 2024 and give the Mets organizational rotation depth.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Max Kranick: Dealing with hamstring strain
Kranick was diagnosed with a Grade 2 left hamstring strain Thursday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Manager Carlos Mendoza said Kranick will be shut down for "a while" and will begin the regular season on the injured list. A clearer picture regarding Kranick's return timeline should emerge once he resumes throwing, but the 26-year-old right-hander is officially out of the race for an Opening Day rotation spot.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Adrian Houser: Tosses two scoreless frames Tuesday
Houser gave up one hit and struck out one over two scoreless innings in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins.
In his first game action of the spring, Houser tossed 15 of 23 pitches for strikes and was able to handle a Miami lineup that included a number of Opening Day starters such as Luis Arraez and Jazz Chisholm. Houser hasn't made more than 21 big-league starts in a season since 2021, but the Mets expect the 31-year-old right-hander to help solidify the back end of their rotation this year.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Max Kranick: Makes early case for rotation spot
Kranick struck out two batters over two perfect innings in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.
The 26-year-old didn't pitch in the majors at all last season while still in the Pirates' organization, but after being claimed off waivers by the Mets in January, Kranick has a chance to crack the big-league rotation. Monday's outing came against a Washington squad that featured most of its likely Opening Day lineup, but the right-hander will need to keep pitching well this spring to emerge from a pack of arms that includes Tylor Megill, Jose Butto and Joey Lucchesi and seize the fifth starter role.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Jeff McNeil: Spring debut coming next week
McNeil isn't expected to see his first Grapefruit League action until the first week of March, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports.
The 31-year-old is managing a partial ligament tear in his left elbow, so the team is easing McNeil into camp. "I already have it mapped out with him. It's part of his progression, build up, volume and all of that," Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said Monday. "After going through what he went through this offseason with some of the things he was dealing with, he is healthy, going through full workouts. He's getting plenty of at-bats in live batting practice. He is running the bases. It's more like building the volume up. He'll be up there pretty soon." McNeil is on track to be in the Opening Day lineup at second base, and the elbow issue isn't expected to hamper him at the plate.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Starling Marte: Set for Grapefruit debut Wednesday
Marte (groin) will make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Cardinals, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Marte has struggled to stay healthy since undergoing double groin surgery last offseason, but he played in the Dominican Winter League this offseason and reported to spring camp healthy. The veteran outfielder played just 86 games in 2023 and slashed a lackluster 248/.301/.324.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Jose Butto: Sharp in first spring start
Butto gave up three hits over two scoreless innings in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros. He struck out one without walking a batter.
The 25-year-old right-hander got his spring off to a good start as he battles for an Opening Day spot with the Mets. Butto looked good at the end of last season in the majors, posting a 3.29 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 28:9 K:BB over five starts and 27.1 innings, but his 5.93 ERA and 1.63 WHIP at Triple-A Syracuse in a larger sample (91 innings) are concerning. He's battling with Tylor Megill, Joey Lucchesi and others in camp for one of the team's open rotation jobs.... See More ... See Less
Mets' David Peterson: Shifts to 60-day IL
Peterson (hip) was placed on the 60-day injured list Sunday.
The left-hander is expected to miss the first two months of the season as he continues his rehab from November hip surgery, so it's not a surprise he'll begin the campaign on the injured list. Peterson had a 5.03 ERA in 27 appearances (21 starts) last season and likely won't be guaranteed a rotation spot once healthy.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Kolton Ingram: Claimed off waivers
Ingram was claimed off waivers by the Mets on Sunday.
The left-hander was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Tuesday and will now join his third team of the offseason. Ingram has just five big-league appearances under his belt but had a 2.95 ERA in 45 appearances at Triple-A last year.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Tylor Megill: Solid spring debut
Megill gave up a run on two hits and struck out three over two innings in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.
After a shaky first inning that saw him plunk Brendan Donovan to lead off the game before uncorking a wild pitch, Megill breezed through a 1-2-3 second frame. The right-hander came into camp looking to win the Mets' No. 5 starter role, but Kodai Senga's shoulder strain has opened up a second spot in the Opening Day rotation. Megill endured a rough 2023, but he worked on adding a splitter to his arsenal in the offseason and could offer more strikeout upside than the likes of Joey Lucchesi and Jose Butto, his main competition in the rotation battle.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Kodai Senga: Facing three-week shutdown
Senga (shoulder) received a platelet-rich-plasma injection Sunday and will be shut down from throwing for the next three weeks, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The 31-year-old was diagnosed with a moderate posterior capsule strain in his right shoulder Thursday, and he's now received the necessary treatment. Senga will require a significant buildup period following the multi-week shutdown and seems likely to be sidelined for at least the first month of the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Shintaro Fujinami: Steps away for personal matter
Fujinami is flying back to Japan on Friday to attend to a family matter, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander agreed to a one-year, $3.35 million deal with the Mets in early February, but he won't be with the team for the start of spring games due to the family issue. Fujinami is expected to be back with the club in plenty of time to get ready before Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Mike Vasil: Mets won't rush pitching prospects
Vasil is expected to open the season in the minors rather than compete for a rotation spot in the wake of the Kodai Senga (shoulder) injury, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Mets president of baseball operations David Stearns doesn't want to rush Vasil, Christian Scott and Dominic Hamel, preferring they receive more seasoning before they're considered for the big-league rotation. Vasil is the closest to the majors of the bunch, having finished 2023 at Triple-A Syracuse with a 4.65 ERA and 138:46 K:BB over 124 innings between there and Double-A Binghamton.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Max Kranick: Getting look for fifth spot
Kranick will compete for the fifth spot in the Mets' rotation after the injury to Kodai Senga (shoulder), Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
The Mets' preference is to not rush their top prospects, which leaves Kranick, Tylor Megill, Joey Lucchesi and Jose Butto battling for the right to fill in for Senga. Realistically, they might all be needed. Acquired via waivers last month, Kranick has held a 5.56 ERA and 36:22 K:BB across nine starts and two relief appearances at the big-league level.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Jose Butto: Fighting for rotation spot
Butto will be among those competing for the final spot in the Mets' rotation following the injury to Kodai Senga (shoulder), Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
He'll be going up against Tylor Megill, Joey Lucchesi and Max Kranick for the gig. Butto, who turns 26 next month, held a 3.64 ERA and 38:23 K:BB over 42 frames covering seven starts and two relief appearances for the Mets in 2023. He posted a 5.93 ERA in 19 starts during his time at Triple-A Buffalo.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Joey Lucchesi: Competing for rotation spot
Lucchesi will be in the mix for the fifth spot in the Mets' rotation following the injury to Kodai Senga (shoulder), Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Lucchesi fared well in nine starts for the Mets last season in securing a 2.89 ERA, although that came with a 1.31 WHIP and 32:17 K:BB across 46.2 frames. Tylor Megill is likely Lucchesi's chief competition for the gig, with Jose Butto and Max Kranick also in the mix.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Tylor Megill: Could secure rotation spot
Megill will be among the competitors for the fifth spot in the Mets' rotation following the injury to Kodai Senga (shoulder), Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Jose Quintana, Sean Manaea, Luis Severino and Adrian Houser appear locked into the first four spots, leaving Megill, Joey Lucchesi, Jose Butto and Max Kranick to fight for the final one. Megill offers arguably the best upside of the bunch, but he struggled in 2023, collecting a 4.70 ERA and 105:58 K:BB over 126.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Kodai Senga: MRI shows moderate shoulder strain
Mets president of baseball operations David Stearns said Thursday that Senga has been diagnosed with a moderate posterior capsule strain in his right shoulder, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Senga will begin the season on the injured list and will be shut down from throwing "until symptoms subside and strength returns," per Stearns. A more specific timetable won't be known for a while, but the absence does figure to be a fairly lengthy one. The Mets will need to dip into their rotation depth while Senga is on the shelf, with Adrian Houser, Tylor Megill, Jose Butto and Max Kranick all in the mix to see starts.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Kodai Senga: Battling arm fatigue
Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said that Senga experienced arm fatigue during his side session Tuesday and is being evaluated by the training staff, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Mendoza didn't sound too concerned that Senga was dealing with an injury that could threaten his availability for the start of the season, but the Mets likely won't know the full extent of the issue until he's evaluated further. Senga walked 11.1 percent of the batters he faced during his first season in the majors in 2023, but he otherwise made a smooth transition from Nippon Professional Baseball to MLB, pitching to a 2.98 ERA and 1.22 WHIP while striking out 202 batters over 166.1 innings. The Mets are counting on Senga to serve as the clear No. 1 starter in 2024 after the team shipped out Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander in midseason deals last summer.... See More ... See Less
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