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Mets shuffle rotation after postponing game with Phillies

A snowman was built on the field after

A snowman was built on the field after it was announced that Monday's Mets-Phillies game at Citi Field had been postponed. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Bad weather Monday postponed the Mets’ series opener against the Phillies, as snow fell into the early afternoon and blanketed Citi Field.

The teams will make up the game as part of a single-admission doubleheader July 9 starting at 4:10 p.m.

The Mets used the snowout to alter their rotation, skipping No. 5 starter Seth Lugo, who originally was scheduled to pitch Tuesday.

Matt Harvey, who had been Monday’s probable pitcher, will start Tuesday. Noah Syndergaard will go Wednesday, as planned, with Jacob deGrom pitching Thursday in Washington in the Nationals’ home opener.

The other primary option was to keep the starters on schedule, which would have allowed Syndergaard to face the Nationals. But that would have given him a full week between starts, and many starting pitchers don’t like extra rest because it messes with their routine. Syndergaard already is pitching on one extra day of rest because of the day off Friday.

The Mets could make Lugo available out of the bullpen for a couple of days. They could go as far as April 11 without needing a fifth starter.

The Phillies are not tweaking their rotation. Righthander Ben Lively will start Tuesday and righthander Aaron Nola will pitch Wednesday.

Monday’s game was called shortly after 1 p.m. — about six hours before the would-be first pitch — and some players already were at the ballpark. Kevin Plawecki, Travis d’Arnaud, Phillip Evans and AJ Ramos capitalized by making a snowman. They used bats for arms and baseballs for buttons.

Ticket exchange

Tickets for Monday’s game are not good for the July 9 doubleheader.

Paid tickets for Monday’s game can be exchanged for tickets comparable in price and location to another home game this season (except June 8-10 against the Yankees).

Visit mets.com/rain for more information.

On schedule

Monday remained a workday for at least two Mets: lefthander Jason Vargas, who pitched a simulated game, and outfielder Michael Conforto, who batted in the simulated game. With the field unplayable, the two worked in the indoor batting cage.

Vargas (broken right hand) still has stitches in his non-throwing hand after March 20 surgery, so he has not been able to catch return throws despite maintaining some of his arm strength. The Mets have not revealed a timetable for his return.

Conforto could be back as soon as Thursday in Washington, the first day he is eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list. He had surgery on his dislocated left shoulder in September.

Extra bases

Phillies-Mets could be a rough series weather-wise, even beyond Monday’s snow. There is a 60-percent chance of rain at 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to weather.com, followed by an 80- percent chance of rain Wednesday afternoon . . . The Mets had no update Monday on right hander Anthony Swarzak (sore left oblique). He had been scheduled for an MRI. MLB.com reported that righthander Hansel Robles was in New York, his presence suggesting that he will be called up if Swarzak is put on the DL . . . Reminder: Wednesday’s 1 p.m. Phillies-Mets game will not be televised. It will be broadcast exclusively on Facebook as part of MLB’s new deal with the social-media platform.

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