Mets activate Jon Niese from the disabled list

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ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports that the Mets have activated starter Jon Niese from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for him on the roster, the Mets have designated reliever Buddy Carlyle for assignment.

Niese went on the disabled list on July 5 with inflammation of the A/C joint in his left shoulder. Niese faced only three batters in his last start, on July 4 against the Rangers, before exiting with discomfort. The 27-year-old lefty has a 2.96 ERA and a 74/28 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings this season.

Carlyle, 36, has spent most of this season with Triple-A Las Vegas. He compiled seven innings of relief work at the major league level for the Mets, posting a 1.29 ERA and a 7/3 K/BB ratio. Carlyle is a veteran of eight major league seasons, having pitched in the big leagues for the Padres, Dodgers, Braves, and Yankees along with the Mets.

Shelby Miller has a tear in his UCL, considering Tommy John surgery

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and is considering undergoing Tommy John surgery. Surgery would end Miller’s 2017 season and would cut into a significant portion — if not all — of his 2018 season as well.

Miller sent his MRI results to Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. James Andrews for second and third opinions, respectively. He could choose to rehab his elbow rather than undergo surgery, but that comes with its own set of positives and negatives.

Miller lasted only four-plus innings in his most recent start on Sunday and carries a 4.09 ERA on the season, his second with the Diamondbacks. His time in Arizona has not gone well.

The Mets are a mess

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The Mets lost again on Thursday afternoon, suffering a 7-5 defeat at the hands of the Braves. It’s their sixth consecutive loss and the club is now in last place in the NL East. Not exactly the start the Mets envisioned.

Matt Harvey got the start, but lasted only 4 1/3 innings. He gave up six runs on five hits and five walks with only one strikeout. After the game, Harvey said he was tight and that he threw yesterday expecting to start on Friday instead, per Matt Ehalt of The Record. Sounds like no one communicated to Harvey that he’d be starting this afternoon until it was too late for him to properly prepare.

Harvey started because Noah Syndergaard was scratched due to a “tired arm.” Syndergaard blew reporters off after the game, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. Puma then added that Syndergaard ripped Mets P.R. guy Jay Horwitz for letting reporters approach him.

By the way, the Mets also lost outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a hamstring injury. Not much else can go wrong in Queens.