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 Latest New York Mets Player Notes:

Dec 15 2017 - Anthony Swarzak
  RHP Anthony Swarzak agreed to a two-year, $14 million contract, multiple outlets reported. Swarzak bolstered Milwaukee's bullpen down the stretch last season and finished with a 6-4 mark with two saves, a 2.33 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 70 relief appearances with the Chicago White Sox and Brewers. Swarzak spent the first five seasons of his major league career with the Minnesota Twins before pitching with the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. He owns a 23-30 career mark with a 4.22 ERA in 287 appearances.


Oct 5 2017 - David Wright
  3B David Wright underwent a laminotomy procedure on his lower back this week, the Mets announced Thursday. This was the third major surgery Wright has had in the past two years, and he did not play a single game this season. He had surgery on his neck in June 2016, and did not play again that season. Wright did not appear in a major league game this season because of a shoulder impingement. He underwent surgery to repair his right rotator cuff last month. This latest surgery was performed to remove part of the arch of the vertebrae with the hope that it relieves pressure on the vertebral canal. The 34-year-old Wright played in only three minor league games this season. He played in just 37 major league games in 2016 and 38 in 2015. He is under contract with the Mets for three more years. He is owed $20 million in 2018, $15 million in 2019, and $12 million in 2020.


Oct 1 2017 - Kevin Plawecki
  C Kevin Plawecki hit .303 (23-for-76) with four doubles, three home runs and nine RBIs in 26 games since coming off the disabled list. He's looking to earn more playing time in 2018 as incumbent Travis d'Arnaud enters his second year of salary arbitration.


Oct 1 2017 - Amed Rosario
  SS Amed Rosario had a forgettable end to his rookie season after going 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in Sunday's loss. He's expected to be an important part of next year's team, but he will need to improve on his .255 average and .277 OBP as well as his defense, which featured six errors in 44 games (.964 fielding percentage).


Oct 1 2017 - Dominic Smith
  1B Dominic Smith went 0 for 3 and committed two costly defensive miscues in Sunday's loss to the Phillies. It was part of an overall disappointing rookie season that saw Smith hit a meager .201 with a .263 OBP and 48 strikeouts in 48 games.


Oct 1 2017 - Noah Syndergaard
  RHP Noah Syndergaard ended his injury-shortened season on a high note, tossing two scoreless innings in Sunday's loss to the Phillies. He made only seven starts this year because of a right lat muscle injury he suffered in April, and he recorded a 2.97 ERA in 30 1/3 innings.


Sep 30 2017 - Seth Lugo
  RHP Seth Lugo went four innings, surrendering six hits and two earned runs in his final start of the season. Lugo finishes 2017 with a 7-5 record and 4.71 ERA.


Sep 30 2017 - Noah Syndergaard
  RHP Noah Syndergaard will make the final start of the season for the Mets on Sunday. It will be his second appearance since being activated off of the disabled list which sidelined him from April 30 until Sept. 23.


Sep 30 2017 - Asdrubal Cabrera
  SS Asdrubal Cabrera hit his ninth double of September against the Phillies on Saturday. His 4-for-6 night at the plate, including the game-winning three-run homer, raises his average this month to .371.


Sep 30 2017 - Kevin Plawecki
  C Kevin Plawecki went 2-for-3 with three walks and a run scored in Saturday's victory over the Phillies, raising his OBP for the season to .368.


Sep 29 2017 - Hansel Robles
  RHP Hansel Robles continued his struggles through the month of September, surrendering two runs on a pair of home runs in two innings against the Phillies on Friday. The righty's season ERA now sits at 4.92.


Sep 29 2017 - Dominic Smith
  1B Dominic Smith hit his sixth home run of September in the top of the fifth inning on Friday night, homering for the second consecutive game. Smith now has 10 home runs and 27 RBI this season.


Sep 29 2017 - Matt Harvey
  RHP Matt Harvey was unable to make it past the fourth inning for the fourth consecutive start in Friday's loss to the Phillies. He surrendered four earned runs, raising his ERA for the season to 6.70.


Sep 29 2017 - Jose Reyes
  3B Jose Reyes hit his 15th home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning on Friday night, taking Phillies starter Ben Lively deep to right field on an 0-1 pitch. His 15 home runs are the third most he's hit in a season (19 in 2006 and 16 in 20008).


Sep 28 2017 - Anthony Swarzak
  RHP Anthony Swarzak walked three batters in two scoreless innings Thursday after walking only four in 26 1/3 frames since joining the Brewers on Aug. 1. Swarzak has stabilized Milwaukee's bullpen since his arrival, going 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA in 28 appearances.


Sep 28 2017 - Travis d'Arnaud
  C Travis d'Arnaud continued his resurgent September on Wednesday night, when he went 1-for-5 with three RBIs in the Mets' 7-1 win over the Braves. D'Arnaud's run-scoring fielder's choice grounder tied the score in the fourth and gave the Mets the lead for good with a two-run single in the fifth. In 18 games this month, d'Arnaud is batting .305 with six homers and 19 RBIs. The latter total are the most he's ever collected in as single month, bettering the 16 RBIs he registered this April. D'Arnaud is batting .245 with a career-high 16 homers and 57 RBIs in 110 games.


Sep 28 2017 - Jose Reyes
  IF Jose Reyes may have exited Citi Field in winning fashion Wednesday night, when he went 2-for-5 with a seventh-inning RBI double that brought home the Mets' final run in a 7-1 victory over the Braves. Reyes, who was signed by the Mets in 1999 and played with the team from 2003 through 2011 before returning last July, is a free agent after the season and said he hopes to finish his career with the Mets. But rookie SS Amed Rosario has taken over shortstop and the Mets' leading internal candidates to play second base are IF Wilmer Flores and IF Asdrubal Cabrera at second, so Reyes would likely be ticketed for backup duty if he returns. Reyes is batting .245 with 14 homers, 57 RBIs and leads the Mets with 24 stolen bases in a team-high 143 games.


Sep 28 2017 - Erik Goeddel
  RHP Erik Goeddel (right biceps tendinitis) did not pitch Wednesday, when the Mets beat the Braves, 7-1. The Mets announced in a press release earlier Wednesday that Goeddel was battling the biceps ailment. He is day-to-day, though with just three games left in the season and a history of arm troubles, it is possible the Mets decide to shut him down. Goeddel is 0-1 with a 5.28 ERA in 33 games this season.


Sep 28 2017 - Matt Harvey
  RHP Matt Harvey will look to end a trying season on a positive note Friday night, when he takes the mound for the Mets in the opener of a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Field. It will be the first start since Sept, 18 for Harvey. He made the first professional appearance out of the bullpen in his most recent outing last Saturday, when Harvey relieved RHP Noah Syndergaard at the start of the second inning and didn't factor into the decision after allowing three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two over four innings in the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Washington Nationals. Harvey, who missed 10 weeks with a right shoulder injury, hasn't pitched more than five innings since May 28, a span of eight appearances (seven starts). In addition, his 6.60 ERA is the worst ever by a Mets pitcher who made at least 17 starts in a season. Harvey is 7-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 career starts against the Phillies.


Sep 27 2017 - Travis Taijeron
  OF Travis Taijeron delivered his first big league walk-off hit Tuesday night when his RBI single with one out in the ninth inning lifted the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Braves. The hit by Taijeron sailed over the head of Braves LF Jace Peterson and allowed OF Juan Lagares, who was pinch-running for C Kevin Plawecki, to score easily from second base. Taijeron finished 2-for-4 and is now batting .188 with one homer and three RBIs in 22 games this season.


Sep 27 2017 - Noah Syndergaard
  RHP Noah Syndergaard is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday. As long as Syndergaard comes out of it with no problems, manager Terry Collins said Syndergaard would likely make another brief start this weekend. Syndergaard started last Saturday's game and threw one inning in his first major league appearance since April 30, when he suffered a torn right lat. He is 1-2 with a 3.18 ERA in six starts this season.


Sep 27 2017 - AJ Ramos
  RHP A.J. Ramos (right biceps tendinitis) played catch Tuesday. Manager Terry Collins said Ramos complained of some discomfort after his most recent appearance last Friday. Ramos has allowed three runs and seven hits in just two innings in his last three appearances, a stretch in which he appears to have lost the closer's job to RHP Jeurys Familia. Collins did not say whether or not Ramos would pitch again this season. Ramos is 2-4 with a 4.06 ERA and 27 saves in 60 games between the Mets and Miami Marlins this year.


Sep 27 2017 - Tommy Milone
  LHP Tommy Milone (elbow) could be done for the season. The Mets announced Tuesday that Milone underwent an MRI after experiencing discomfort in his left elbow. The team said he would be re-evaluated on Thursday. Even if the tests come back clean, it is possible the Mets won't use Milone again during the final week. Milone, who last pitched Sept. 20, is 1-3 with a 7.63 ERA in 17 games (eight starts) between the Mets and Milwaukee Brewers this season.


Sep 27 2017 - Robert Gsellman
  RHP Robert Gsellman will look to end a disappointing season on a positive note Wednesday night when he takes the mound for the Mets in the finale of a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. It will also be the home finale for the Mets. Gsellman didn't factor into the decision in his most recent start last Friday, when he gave up six runs (five earned), four hits and three walks while striking out four in five innings of the Mets' 7-6 win over the Washington Nationals. The start will be the 22nd of the year for Gsellman. He ranks second on the team in starts despite producing a 5.38 ERA during a season that was interrupted by a six-week stint on the disabled list with a hamstring injury as well as a brief demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. Gsellman is 3-2 with a 4.24 ERA in seven career appearances (six starts) against the Braves, whom he has faced more than any opponent.


Sep 26 2017 - Brandon Nimmo
  OF Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored Monday night in the Mets' 3-2 win over the Braves in the second game of a doubleheader. The three hits tied a career high for Nimmo, who achieved the feat three times previously. Nimmo is batting .274 with five homers and 19 RBIs in 65 games this season.