The Mets will be buyers at the deadline for some reason

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Via MLB Trade Rumors, news that the Mets plan on being buyers, not sellers at the deadline:

Omar Minaya veered off into fantasy land here today. Incredibly, the
New York Mets ‘ GM said he doesn’t expect to be a seller before the
July 31 non-waivers trade deadline because he still thinks his sub-.500
team has a chance at the NL wild card . . .

. . . “Right now we do not envision [being a seller],” Minaya said.
“If we’re 6 ½ [back] in the wild card with a couple of teams in front
of us, we are still kind of trying to find out how we can improve this
team, if we can improve it through trades.”

In Omar’s defense, the Mets do have a lot of things they
need. Like, a decent player at every position except third base, most
of a bullpen, three or four starting pitchers and at least a shred of
hope and dignity. They could probably use a manager, a GM, and a VP of Player Development that isn’t bat@!$%# crazy too.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.