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Marc Carig

Marc Carig has covered Major League Baseball since 2008, starting with the Baltimore Orioles ('08), the New York Yankees ('09-'12) and now the New York Mets for Newsday. In related news, he Tweets way too much.

What's next for rehabbing Mets ace Matt Harvey

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey works out at the

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CINCINNATI -- We’ll have a few more details in a bit, but here’s a quick rundown of what’s coming next for Matt Harvey, who is about to wrap up his rehab from Tommy John surgery.

-- According to pitching coach Dan Warthen, Mets officials are expected to meet early next week with Harvey in New York about when he will end his rehab schedule and begin his transition into a typical offseason routine....

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Mets hitting coach says Curtis Granderson may need some winter work to fix his swing

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 20: Curtis Granderson #3

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MIAMI -- Mets hitting coach Lamar Johnson prefers to leave his players’ swings alone. That’s especially true in the middle of the season, when large-scale adjustments can be difficult to make.

The offseason, however, is a different matter. And that's particularly relevant to struggling Mets slugger Curtis Granderson, who Johnson said may be due for some offseason changes that go beyond just...

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Juan on Juan: Lagares weighs in on his top plays

Mets center fielder Juan Lagares comes down with

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MIAMI -- This week, I asked Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares about his favorite defensive plays of the season. At first, he sounded like a parent who was put on the spot, asked to choose between children.

“Every time I do something good, I like them all,” Lagares said.

This season, he’s done a lot of good. By one advanced metric, Lagares has 30 defensive runs saved, the most of any centerfielder...

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Terry Collins believes LI's Craig Biggio deserves shot to manage

Craig Biggio received the highest percentage of the

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MIAMI -- Terry Collins managed Craig Biggio for three seasons with the Astros from 1994 to 1996. In that time, Collins figured it would only be a matter of time until his All-Star second baseman would become a big league skipper.

“I always told him, ‘one of these days you’ll be managing in the big leagues,’” Collins told Newsday. “And I hope you’ll get one of these guys like you on your team.”


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Spot start in plans for Mets prospect Rafael Montero

Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch

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MIAMI -- The Mets expect pitching prospect Rafael Montero to make a spot start with the big league club before the season is finished.

“We’re probably going to get him another start here,” manager Terry Collins said on Monday, when he mentioned the possibility of a six-man starting rotation.

Montero, 23, is expected to be promoted once Triple-A Las Vegas wraps up the Pacific Coast playoffs....

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Will latest award create opportunity for Wally Backman?

Former Mets' second baseman Wally Backman has led

After leading the Las Vegas 51s to the postseason, no other teams last winter sought permission from the Mets to speak with Triple-A manager Wally Backman. Though he had informal conversations about staff openings elsewhere, a source said that Backman was never involved in any formal interview process, a somewhat surprising assertion in light of his successful season.

Perhaps, Backman’s...

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Travis d'Arnaud isn't moving anywhere

Travis d'Arnaud of the Mets reacts after arriving

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The Mets have little to no interest in trading catcher Travis d’Arnaud, a source told Newsday Friday afternoon, nor do they envision moving him to leftfield to protect him from suffering more concussions.

Manager Terry Collins told the Daily News that the idea had been discussed informally though it was not a likely scenario.

According to a source, Collins and his staff had talked of...

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How the Mets got Dilson Herrera, and what scouts believe he can do

Erie SeaWolves catcher Craig Albernaz, left, awaits the

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It was around this time a year ago when the Pirates put in a waiver claim for outfielder Marlon Byrd. Prompted by that interest, general manager Sandy Alderson sent word through the organization, in search of standouts in the Pirates’ system.

The name that quickly landed on the Mets’ radar? Dilson Herrera.

From one scout, Shaun McNamara, came a positive report. From Low-A Savannah manager...

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Travis d'Arnaud and Andrelton Simmons: A glove story

Travis d'Arnaud of the Mets looks on during

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As Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons force-fed the Mets another bitter dose of his defensive magic, the worst view in the house belonged to Travis d’Arnaud. That’s because after hitting a grounder toward the hole in the eighth inning on Wednesday night, the Mets catcher lowered his head and busted down the first base line. It was as if he were reliving a recurring nightmare.

In many...

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Mets' coach says David Wright's shoulder is still hurting

Mets third baseman David Wright waits for his

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David Wright and Terry Collins have remained on message, constantly disputing the notion that the Mets' captain still is bothered by a balky left shoulder, one that required a cortisone injection during the All-Star break.

But Mets hitting coach Lamar Johnson apparently went off script, saying that Wright’s power outage by the slugger’s insistence on playing through pain in his left shoulder.


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