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Morning Briefing: Another .500 bid

4/15/2014

Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

Trainer Ray Ramirez and Terry Collins check out Curtis Granderson's left arm after a collision with the outfield wall in the first inning Monday.PHOENIX

FIRST PITCH: For the sixth time this young season, the Mets (6-7) will attempt to move back to .500 on Tuesday night.

Each other time -- with their record at 0-1, 2-3, 3-4, 4-5 and 5-6 -- they have lost.

Jenrry Mejia (1-0, 4.09 ERA) opposes Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 4.82) at 9:40 p.m. ET at Chase Field.

Tuesday’s news reports:

• The Mets suffered a pair of injuries to outfielders Monday. Juan Lagares pulled his right hamstring and Curtis Granderson suffered bruises to his left forearm, rib cage and knee. Lagares appears likely to land on the disabled list, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis expected to join the Mets from Triple-A Las Vegas. Granderson officially is day-to-day, but may not see any action until the weekend at Citi Field at the earliest.

Lucas Duda was forced to play in the outfield for the first time since last June.

Chris Young, who has now reached base in nine of 10 plate appearances during his rehab assignment with Las Vegas, is not eligible to be activated from the DL until Friday.

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

Zack Wheeler reverted to an old delivery, limited the D-backs to two runs in 6 1/3 innings and earned his first win since last Aug. 31 as the Mets beat Arizona, 7-3, Monday at Chase Field. Carlos Torres handled the final 2 2/3 innings to earn his first big-league save. Duda finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Read more in Newsday and at MLB.com.

• Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings and Eric Campbell played shortstop for the first time in his professional career as Las Vegas beat Fresno, 5-2. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Matt Harvey spent Sunday watching the Knicks game alongside a model, but was allowed because it was not a scheduled rehab day in Port St. Lucie, Fla., according to a team official. Read more in the Post.

• Ex-Met Frank Francisco has signed with the Chicago White Sox and was assigned to Triple-A Charlotte.

• The Mets plan to scout free-agent reliever Joel Hanrahan’s showcase for teams on Thursday, Kristie Ackert in the Daily News confirms. Hanrahan is returning from Tommy John surgery.

Ike Davis discusses his pinch-hitting role with Matt Ehalt in the Record.

• Tim Rohan in the Times recaps the Mets’ early season struggles.

Oliver Perez discusses his reinvention as a successful reliever in the Journal. “That’s really hard for anybody, when you get fired from your work,” Perez told the newspaper about getting released by the Mets in 2011, during the same spring training that Luis Castillo also was cut loose.

Chris Schwinden, released by the Mets during spring training, has signed with the independent Lancaster (Pa.) Barnstormers.

From the bloggers … Mets Police offers some thoughts on the Mets brand. … The Eddie Kranepool Society suggests it may be time for Terry Collins to shake up the lineup by dropping Daniel Murphy to No. 7 and letting Travis d'Arnaud bat second. … NY Mets Life offers it take on the Mets season thus far.

BIRTHDAYS: Jeromy Burnitz turns 45. ... Aaron Laffey is 29. ... Ricky Otero was born on this date in 1972.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

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