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Morning Briefing: Dillon Gee starts again after all

NEW YORK --

FIRST PITCH: Dillon Gee makes a cameo in a starting role on Sunday as part of the New York Mets’ “six-man light” rotation.

Gee, speaking late Saturday after returning from bereavement leave, indicated he needs to take a mature approach to his bullpen banishment rather than allow it to continue weighing on him and affect his performance.

Gee (0-3, 4.50 ERA) opposes right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (3-2, 4.72) in the 1:10 p.m. rubber game of the series against the Atlanta Braves.

The Mets may have to clear as many as three roster spots before the first pitch.

In addition to Gee returning from bereavement leave, Ruben Tejada’s maximum three-day paternity leave has expired. And Kirk Nieuwenhuis was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday. He is traveling to New York. While it ultimately is expected that the Mets try to put Nieuwenhuis through waivers and send him to Triple-A Las Vegas, it appears he may initially be activated at the major league level.

SUNDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:

  • With Jeurys Familia spending time with his fiancĂ©e and newborn son, the Mets failed to win a game they led after eight innings for the first time in 31 such instances this season. After Wilmer Flores could not convert a potential game-ending double play, Hansel Robles and Alex Torres combined to allow two ninth-inning runs and the Mets ultimately lost to the Braves, 5-3, in 11 innings Saturday. Jacob deGrom continued his dominance in a no-decision, allowing one run in seven innings. Danny Muno committed three errors, matching the franchise single-game record. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • A “rusty” Bobby Parnell pitched in the majors for the first time since March 31, 2014. He allowed a single and coaxed a groundout while facing two batters. His fastball sat at 91-92 mph. Read more in the Post and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • A Mets source explains to columnist John Harper in the Daily News why general manager Sandy Alderson has not yet pulled the trigger on a trade. “He’s not going to rush into something to fill a need when a better player might become available in a month,” the source tells Harper. “He may only have one shot to fire, and he wants to make sure he doesn’t miss with it.”

  • Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post cites five reasons for the Mets’ lackluster offense: poor investments in veterans including Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer, injuries, lack of steps forward for players such as Juan Lagares, lack of contributions from call-ups such as Kevin Plawecki and Dilson Herrera, and a lack of team speed.

  • Columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record looks at a “perfect storm” of events that undermined the Mets on Saturday.

  • Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post salutes deGrom. Read more on deGrom’s start in Newsday and at MLB.com.

  • Columnist Mike Lupica in the Daily News suggests it’s amazin’ the Mets are in first place given the obstacles.

  • The Mets sent minor league left-hander Brad Wieck to the San Diego Padres as the player to be named with Cory Mazzoni in the trade for Alex Torres.

  • Because of so much previous surgical work on his elbow, Erik Goeddel’s MRI is inconclusive as to the actual damage that landed him on the disabled list. Read more at NJ.com.

  • Daniel Murphy has started playing in extended spring training games and remains on track to be activated from the DL when he is first eligible on Saturday.

  • Marc Carig in Newsday writes a feature about Familia, who has used his baseball earnings to pay for a house for his family in their native Dominican Republic.

  • Read more on Gee’s spot start in the Post and Daily News.

  • Read more on Familia’s absence from Citi Field on Saturday in the Daily News.

  • Read more on Muno’s three-error game in Newsday.

  • Matt Bowman tossed six scoreless innings to earn his first win since May 1 as Las Vegas beat Reno, 10-5. Josh Rodriguez and Brock Peterson combined to produce five RBIs as Binghamton won the resumption of Friday’s suspended game against New Britain, 7-2. Robert Gsellman then limited the Rock Cats to one run in six innings to earn his first Double-A victory in the regularly scheduled game as the B-Mets won, 2-1. Josh Smoker recorded the save as St. Lucie beat Palm Beach, 7-3. Savannah’s 10-game winning streak ended with a 3-2 loss at Hickory. Read the full minor league recap here.

  • Check out the unofficial rosters for the Brooklyn Cyclones and Kingsport Mets, whose seasons are nearing.

  • From the bloggers … Mets Report suggests the team cannot count on David Wright’s return.

BIRTHDAYS: Minor league catcher Adrian Abreu turns 24.

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