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Mets issue statement after Mr. Met is caught giving the finger to fans

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The Mets may be in second place, but the club entered Wednesday’s game against the Brewers four games under .500 and only a game ahead of the lowly Braves. The Mets fell flat, ending its three-game winning streak with a 7-1 loss to the Brewers. Jacob deGrom struggled, failing to get into the fifth inning after giving up seven runs.

The home crowd apparently wasn’t thrilled and some fans presumably sent some of their vitriol at Mr. Met, the team’s longtime mascot. As Mr. Met was walking through the tunnel back to the clubhouse after the game, fans continued to heckle him, so he turned around and briefly flipped them the middle finger. Here’s a video if you are so inclined to see that.

Word quickly spread through social media and the Mets were made aware of it. As a result, the organization issued this statement:

Those of you who had “mascot caught giving the finger” on your “weird things to happen in baseball this year” bingo sheet, please mark your space.

Carter Capps to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Padres pitcher Carter Capps will undergo surgery this offseason to address thoracic outlet syndrome, which doctors believe caused the right-hander’s blood clots. The Padres hope to have him ready by spring training next year.

Capps, 27, underwent Tommy John surgery last year and didn’t debut this season until August 7. He made 11 relief appearances, yielding nine runs on 12 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. He went back on the DL on September 12 due to the blood clot issue.

The Padres acquired Capps from the Marlins last July in the Andrew Cashner trade which ended up having a lot of moving parts. Capps will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. It’s quite possible the Padres choose to non-tender him.

Zack Greinke likely to start Wild Card game for Diamondbacks

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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo is considering pushing Zack Greinke‘s next start to this weekend in order to line him up to start the National League Wild Card game on normal rest, Nick Piecoro reports. The D-Backs open up their final series of the season, a three-game set, on Friday against the Royals in Kansas City. Greinke is currently on track to start Wednesday against the Giants and the team has an off day on Thursday.

Robbie Ray has been the Diamondbacks’ best pitcher by several measures, including ERA (2.95) and K/9 (12.3), but Greinke has been quite good himself (3.18) and has nine postseason starts under his belt in his career. He’s acclimated to postseason pressure. The D-Backs also signed Greinke to a $206.5 million contract two years ago, which is likely a factor.

The D-Backs are still waiting to find out which opponent will fly to Arizona for the Wild Card game on October 4. Currently, the Rockies hold a two-game lead over the Brewers and lead the Cardinals by 2.5 games.