Morning Briefing: deGrom's turn for encore

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Jacob deGrom makes his second major-league start on Wednesday night, against the Dodgers.NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: Jacob deGrom aims to have a better encore to his major-league debut than Rafael Montero did Tuesday night.

DeGrom (0-1, 1.29 ERA), who took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning against the Yankees in his debut, makes his second major-league start Wednesday. He opposes Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2, 3.00) in the 7:10 p.m. game. Ryu is returning from a disabled-list trip for shoulder inflammation.

Wednesday’s news reports:

• Montero surrendered five runs in 4 1/3 innings in his second major-league start and the Mets twice failed to score after loading the bases with one out as the Dodgers won, 9-4, Tuesday. The Mets (20-24) now occupy sole possession of last place in the National League East.

David Wright, who fouled off three full-count pitches from Josh Beckett, then grounded out to strand the bases loaded in the fifth. Wright said about that missed opportunity: “You’re hoping to get something that you can drive, and he just never gave in. I got to 3-2, got into a favorable count, and then cutter, curveball, curveball, curveball. That’s just him making good pitches, and pitches that I’m not expecting with 3-2 with the bases loaded.”

The game lasted four hours, eight minutes -- one minute shy of matching the franchise record for a nine-inning game.

“It’s an issue with the league. It’s an issue with everybody,” Terry Collins said about the length of games. “There’s always those games, just like tonight, where we use a lot of pitchers trying to keep ourselves in the game and try to keep the game close. That eats up a lot of time also. But when you throw a lot of pitches like we did -- we walked six and hit a guy -- that’s going to make for long nights."

For L.A., Juan Uribe left the game in the ninth inning with a hamstring strain.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

Stephen Drew signed with the Red Sox for $10 million for the remainder of the season, and Sandy Alderson said the Mets were not interested at that price.


Sandy Alderson passed on vigorously pursuing Stephen Drew.

Writes columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post on that subject:

Instead of spending money the Mets will continue to go along with Ruben Tejada, who was hitting .185 and Wilmer Flores, who is learning the position and started Tuesday night against the Dodgers and was hitting .200. The Mets did not view Drew as a player worth that kind of money.

The trade route remains a possibility with Seattle’s Nick Franklin still available or perhaps now that Tony La Russa is running the Diamondbacks the Mets will look to land Didi Gregorius.

No matter who plays shortstop, it’s going to be someone who does not cost a lot of money.

Hey, it’s only shortstop. Why do you need to spend money at shortstop, one of the most vital, if not the most vital position on the field?

Columnist Anthony Rieber in Newsday writes that the Mets will script out shortstop playing time between Tejada and Flores days ahead of time rather than react to who has a good or poor game the previous day. Read more on Tejada versus Flores in the Post and Journal.

Read more on Drew in Newsday.

Matt Harvey wants to make five to seven major-league starts this season. Still, Alderson spoke cautiously Tuesday about Harvey’s ambitious hope to return 10 months after Tommy John surgery. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Daily News.

Juan Lagares missed Tuesday’s game because he remained in the Dominican Republic following the death of a relative. Lagares is expected back for Wednesday’s game, so the Mets played a man short in the series opener rather than place Lagares on bereavement leave.

• On the health front:

Travis d’Arnaud continues to experience concussion symptoms when he exercises and is not ready to be activated from the disabled list.

Dillon Gee wants to make a rehab start before being activated from the DL, which means he is expected to miss at least three turns in the rotation. Gee plans to throw on Wednesday for the first time since suffering the lat-muscle strain.

Gonzalez Germen has an abscess and lingering flu-like symptoms and his rehab assignment has been aborted as he remains on the DL.

Bobby Parnell, who underwent Tommy John surgery on April 8, is at Citi Field this week. Parnell was examined by Mets doctors and got a positive initial review. He just had a brace removed.

Read more on players’ injury status in the Star-Ledger, Daily News and at MLB.com.

• DeGrom's college coach at Stetson tells John Harper in the Daily News that the right-hander was a natural to convert from shortstop to the mound. “He had a great arm and he could throw strikes with his eyes closed,” Stetson coach Pete Dunn told Harper. “We knew that from seeing him throw in some fall and intrasquad games, and we had to do something because our pitching wasn’t getting it done. But still ... I’ve never seen a guy go out there and have total command of the strike zone right away like he did without any real experience. That told me he might just have a future on the mound.”

Justin Turner, back at Citi Field with the Dodgers, said he was shocked when the Mets non-tendered him on Dec. 2.

• Their precise motivation was unclear, but Lucas Duda as well as Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg both posed smiling while wearing Shake Shack T-shirts in photos tweeted Tuesday. That came a week after they each alleged the burger proprietor gave them food poisoning.

Matt den Dekker had a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh as Las Vegas beat Fresno, 3-2. Michael Fulmer allowed one run in seven innings and St. Lucie beat Clearwater, 10-3. Dominic Smith had a tiebreaking RBI single to cap a two-run eighth and Savannah beat Charleston, 2-1. Read the full minor-league recap here.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear examines the last time Mets were “this many” games over or under .500, from 54 over in 1986 to 80 under in 1962.

BIRTHDAYS: Triple-A first baseman Allan Dykstra turns 27. ... Former reliever Tom Martin is 44.


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