Wilmer Flores done for the year with arthritis in both knees

Wilmer Flores done for the year with arthritis in both knees

WASHINGTON — Wilmer Flores will miss the rest of the season because of soreness in both knees. Mickey Callaway said Flores has early-onset arthritis in both knees and will receive injections to alleviate the pain. “It’s not like surgery is recommended at…

Peter Alonso debuts at Citi Field — just not to play baseball

Peter Alonso debuts at Citi Field — just not to play baseball

Let’s face it, on the Mets’ disaster scale of 1 to Madoff, this is … what? A 2? Especially since Peter Alonso finally appeared at Citi Field on Wednesday, albeit as a spectator rather than participant, and played nice. “I am disappointed,”…

Top prospect takes on Mets, WFAN host after big-league denial

Top prospect takes on Mets, WFAN host after big-league denial

Typical for a big slugger, if Peter Alonso is going down, he’s going down swinging. The Mets’ No. 2 prospect and most major league-ready power hitter will not get the call up to Queens this season, the Mets announced Tuesday, citing a lack…

Jason Vargas delivers rare solid start, but Mets lose anyway

Jason Vargas delivers rare solid start, but Mets lose anyway

BALTIMORE — Jason Vargas isn’t winning any popularity contests with Mets fans during this dreadful season, but it’s no secret he will likely remain in the team’s rotation plans headed to 2019. Such are the implications when you give a veteran pitcher…

Mets’ David Wright set to play baseball again

Mets’ David Wright set to play baseball again

MIAMI — David Wright is ready to give the comeback trail another try. The Mets captain — who last appeared in a major league game in May 2016 — will begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday, with five innings at third…

Zack Wheeler continues to thrive as Mets topple Marlins

Zack Wheeler continues to thrive as Mets topple Marlins

MIAMI — In this colossal wreckage of a season, at least the Mets have Zack Wheeler’s reemergence. Once an afterthought in a rotation that included Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz, the 28-year-old Wheeler has moved to No. 2…

Mets’ young infielder showing why he’s their future

Mets’ young infielder showing why he’s their future

Wilmer Flores celebrated his 27th birthday in style for the Mets, but it was late-July call-up Jeff McNeil who had the biggest bash Monday against Cincinnati. McNeil, who is settling so wondrously into the No. 2 spot in the order, made it…

Matt Harvey talks mistakes and tears on night Mets honor him

Matt Harvey talks mistakes and tears on night Mets honor him

Matt Harvey sat in the visitors’ dugout at Citi Field on Monday, speaking to a wave of reporters and displaying as many emotions and traits as there were microphones and recorders thrust in his face. Harvey seemed remorseful about how his Mets…

Mets ready to take chance on potential starter of the future

Mets ready to take chance on potential starter of the future

There’s a lot to like of what you see in Franklyn Kilome, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound anomaly of a starting pitcher, a hard-throwing right-hander with a closer’s body shoehorned into a rotation. There’s a lot to like of what you hear from him,…

What the Mets can learn from the overachieving Rays

What the Mets can learn from the overachieving Rays

The Rays had 13 players hit more than six homers last year. Of those, only Kevin Kiermaier (15) remains. Their three pitchers who made their most starts (Chris Archer, Alex Cobb and Jake Odorizzi) are gone. Their three starter prospects most equipped…

Here is a literal way to solve your Mets depression

Here is a literal way to solve your Mets depression

Dave Kerpen, the CEO of a company that offers mental health services, has been through a lot as a Mets fan. There was the series-ending walk in the 1999 NLCS, falling to the Yankees in the 2000 World Series and the late-season…

Mets ready for up-close look at their Jeurys Familia return

Mets ready for up-close look at their Jeurys Familia return

The Mets are already looking to get returns on their deadline moves. The team called up Bobby Wahl — a 26-year-old pitcher who came from Oakland in the Jeurys Familia trade — on Thursday morning, interim general manager John Ricco told reporters….

Jeurys Familia trade piece makes great first impression

Jeurys Familia trade piece makes great first impression

If first impressions — regardless of how long — are important, figure Bobby Wahl made a good one with the Mets. “I really liked Wahl’s stuff,” said manager Mickey Callaway after Wahl, 26, part of the return from Oakland for Jeurys Familia,…

Do-nothing Mets need elite GM in 2019 if they want to contend

Do-nothing Mets need elite GM in 2019 if they want to contend

WASHINGTON — Add it to the all-time “That’s so #Mets” files. Of course, hours after sticking with their roller-coaster starting rotation at the non-waivers trade deadline, the Mets suffered the worst loss of their franchise history Tuesday night, 25-4 to the Nationals…

Steven Matz now going to doctor as Mets alarms go off

Steven Matz now going to doctor as Mets alarms go off

WASHINGTON — Steven Matz’s physical issues could extend beyond a routine “dead arm” phase. A day after the Mets left-hander was hammered for seven runs and knocked out in the first inning against the Nationals and said he was dealing with “stuff,”…

Nationals release quality reliever after bizarre Mets meltdown

Nationals release quality reliever after bizarre Mets meltdown

The Mets suffered a historic 25-4 loss Tuesday night against the Nationals, but strangely, the most visible suffering came from a Washington reliever. Who, after the blowup, is no longer a Washington reliever. Tasked with closing out the Nationals’ 25-1 lead over…

The trade-deadline moves that haven’t happened yet

The trade-deadline moves that haven’t happened yet

This has been celebrating New Year’s Eve on Dec. 27. The ball will drop on the trade deadline on July 31, but a lot of the intrigue and drama has drained away. Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Kelvin Herrera, Mike Moustakas, Brad Hand,…

How Mets may lose big money on Cespedes insurance policy

How Mets may lose big money on Cespedes insurance policy

PITTSBURGH — The disclosure that Yoenis Cespedes’ contract is insured, without further information provided by the Mets, raises plenty of questions about how much, if any, financial relief the organization might actually receive. A day after the Mets announced the All-Star outfielder…

Padres’ interest in Mets’ star pitchers shows another trade option

Padres’ interest in Mets’ star pitchers shows another trade option

The Padres checked in on Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. (The Athletic’s Dennis Lin first reported the Syndergaard contact.) San Diego, despite current non-contention, would consider a starter with multiple years to free agency because the Padres see themselves improving next year…

Tim Tebow needs surgery in another surreal Mets blow

Tim Tebow needs surgery in another surreal Mets blow

Yet another injury has befallen the Mets — this one to their best chance at selling tickets in September. Tim Tebow suffered a broken hamate bone in his right hand while swinging a bat last Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Tebow…

Mets may have missed best time to trade Steven Matz

Mets may have missed best time to trade Steven Matz

The Mets may have missed their chance to sell high on Steven Matz. In his first start back from the All-Star break, Matz had one of his worst outings of the season and continued his career-long second-half struggles, allowing a season-high nine…