Morning Briefing: Welcome back, Kelly Johnson

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MILWAUKEE -- Two days after he was acquired for minor league right-hander Akeel Morris, the New York Mets welcome Kelly Johnson back on Friday. Johnson is due to be activated for the 8:10 p.m. ET game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Because Morris was on the 40-man roster, the Mets will not need to free any space for Johnson. They nonetheless will have to open a spot on the major league roster. Matt Reynolds would appear the most likely to be ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas, with Ty Kelly seemingly the alternative.

Matt Harvey opposes (4-8, 4.95 ERA) opposes right-hander Junior Guerra (3-1, 3.61).

Harvey has allowed only one run in 14 innings over his past two starts.


  • Curtis Granderson produced a leadoff homer to match Jose Reyes’ franchise record and Bartolo Colon took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning as the Mets beat the Brewers 5-2 in Thursday’s series opener. “He’s irreplaceable, to be honest,” Terry Collins said about Colon. “He just takes the ball every five days. … I know the young guys will all be there one day. I don’t know if they’ll all play 19 years. But this guy is a pro. And to have him in this rotation just settles things down.” Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Neil Walker took a sharp grounder off his chest and eventually departed Thursday’s game after dealing with shortness of breath and dizziness. Read more in the Post.

  • Juan Lagares played in his first game since partially tearing a ligament in his left thumb last Saturday. Lagares, who entered in the eighth inning, caused Collins to hold his breath by sliding headfirst into second base for a double. Lagares wore a splint. Read more in Newsday.

  • The Mets used their first-round picks to draft a pair of Long Island pitchers -- Boston College right-hander Justin Dunn (19th overall) and UConn left-hander Anthony Kay (31st overall). Dunn is from Freeport. Kay is from Stony Brook and a product of the same high school as Steven Matz. In the second round, the Mets selected power-hitting Florida first baseman Peter Alonso with the 64th overall pick. Mets director of amateur scouting Tommy Tanous said team officials did not purposely attempt to draft locally, or aim to select college players or pitchers. Dunn will pitch for Boston College in a super regional on Friday against Miami on ESPNU at 5 p.m. ET. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at MLB.com.

  • Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with three walks, two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base as the DH with St. Lucie in his third rehab game. D’Arnaud is due to begin catching in the minors next week.

  • Brandon Nimmo homered twice and Dilson Herrera also went deep as Las Vegas blasted Albuquerque 17-7. Xorge Carrillo’s walk-off RBI single in the 12th lifted Binghamton over Trenton 3-2. A bases-loaded walk to Patrick Biondi plated the first of four 11th-inning runs in St. Lucie’s 10-6 win over Dunedin. David Thompson drove in three runs as Columbia beat West Virginia, 11-2. Read the full minor-league recap here.

  • New Jersey governor Chris Christie sounded off on the Mets, Joe Giglio writes at NJ.com.

  • The Mets “curiously” haven’t approached Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom about a contract extension, Jon Heyman writes at Today’s Knuckleball.

  • Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post underscores the importance of Granderson to the lineup.

  • Columnist John Harper in the Daily News contrasts the contracts given to Jason Heyward and Yoenis Cespedes this offseason.

  • From the bloggers … Faith and Fear appraises the Mets from a theatrical standpoint. … Mets Report doesn’t mind drafting pitching, even with the Mets not hitting.

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