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PORT ST. LUCIE , Fla. (AP) — The New York Mets cut five players from major league camp Saturday and informed catcher Devin Mesoraco that he won’t be on the opening day roster.The Mets re-assigned outfielders Carlos Gomez and Rajai Davis, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, and pitchers Ryan O’Rourke and Hector Santiago to minor league camp. All six players were offered $100,000 retention bonuses.The moves trimmed New York’s spring roster to 30, with five days to get that number to 25. The toughest calls appear to be at the catching and pitching positions.Catcher Travis d’Arnaud and infielders Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie could be placed on the injured list prior to the Mets’ season opener at Washington.D’Arnaud is working back from Tommy John surgery last April, and it’s uncertain if he or Tomas Nido will break camp as the backup to Wilson Ramos. New York has been careful with the 30-year-old d’Arnaud, who caught eight innings over two games Thursday and Friday and has played eight spring games.“We need to start trying to figure out where exactly he is at,” manager Mickey Callaway said Friday. “We feel the receiving is where it needs to be, but missing a year is tough on your at-bats and on your throwing and game speed. We’re trying to get him in a good spot.“If we can’t, we have alternatives Randy Johnson Jersey ,” which would mean the 24-year-old Nido. Nido hasn’t had a strong spring at the plate, batting just .179 through 15 games.Hechavarria’s demotion likely means Luis Guillorme and J.D. Davis will break camp with the team. Guillorme is a slick-fielding, 24-year-old middle infielder who has looked sharp at the plate this spring.“We’ve made my swing more consistent and repeatable, more straight to the ball,” Guillorme said. “I still go the other way, but I’m driving the ball, not just serving it out there. That’s a big difference.”With Frazier (strained left oblique) slowly getting back to form and Lowrie (sprained left knee capsule) running out of time in his rehab, Callaway is preparing as if neither will be available Thursday against Max Scherzer.Frazier has been hitting in the cage and taking grounders. Lowrie hasn’t played in a Grapefruit League game.Santiago’s demotion came after two awful outings in his only two spring starts. Callaway was hoping the 2015 All-Star would rebound against St. Louis, but Santiago, 31 A. J. Pollock Jersey , didn’t make it into the fourth inning Friday. He allowed 12 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings this spring after opening camp as a potential swing man for the bullpen.The Mets will carry left-handed relievers Justin Wilson and likely Luis Avilan. Fellow southpaw O’Rourke had a fantastic spring, allowing two runs over 10-plus innings, but the team decided against slotting three lefties in the pen.Kyle Dowdy, a Rule 5 draft selection from Cleveland, is the front-runner to be the seventh reliever, and Callaway likes the hard-throwing right-hander, who allowed one run in four innings in the Mets’ 12-2 win over Atlanta on Saturday.“I hope he’s still in the organization when the time comes, but that’s not always the case in this situation. I think (him being a Rule 5) can be a tiebreaker,” Callaway said.NOTES: Opening day starter Jacob deGrom worked three perfect innings, fanning five , against Atlanta. 1B Pete Alonso and SS Amed Rosario both went 3 for 5. … New York signed SS Ruben Tejada to a minor league deal on Saturday. Tejada, 29, played for the Mets from 2010-15 and will report to extended spring training. He played in 101 games last season for Norfolk, Baltimore’s Triple-A affiliate. … A look at what’s happening around the majors today:REMEMBERINGMajor League Baseball will hold a moment of silence before all games to honor the victims and first responders of 9/11. Players, coaches and umpires will wear caps with a “We Shall Not Forget” ribbon patch.During batting practice before the Miami-Mets game at Citi Field, New York players will wear caps of the five agencies that took part in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site: New York Police Department, Fire Department of New York, Port Authority Police Department, New York City Office of Emergency Management and the City of New York Department of Sanitation.WELCOME BACKFormer AL MVP Josh Donaldson is set to debut with Cleveland in his first big league game since May 28. The third baseman, who was traded from Toronto to the AL Central-leading Indians on Aug. 31 Shelby Miller Jersey , has been out most of the season because of a strained left calf. He recently played in four Triple-A rehab games, and is lined up to start at Tampa Bay.SMOOTH SALERed Sox ace Chris Sale is ready to come off the disabled list and start against Toronto at Fenway Park. Boston manager Alex Cora says the left-hander will be eased back into action, going about two innings and throwing a maximum of 40 pitches for the AL East leaders. Sale originally went on the DL on July 31 with mild left shoulder inflammation, returned to pitch five dominant innings vs. Baltimore on Aug. 12, then went back on the DL. He is 12-4 with a 1.97 ERA and has struck out 219 in just 146 innings.WEATHER ALERTAs Hurricane Florence menaces the East Coast, more games could be in jeopardy. There were rainouts Monday night in Philadelphia, where Nationals star Bryce Harper joined a grounds crew that used blow torches trying to get the field dry, and in New York — there have been 51 weather-related postponements this season after a total of 39 last year. The Nationals and Phillies are scheduled for a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park, the Marlins visit the Mets and Baltimore hosts Oakland.NO MO’The Cardinals are hoping catcher Yadier Molina can play sometime during a seven-game homestand that began this week. The nine-time All-Star was out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game Monday vs. Pittsburgh because of a hamstring problem. St. Louis held the second NL wild-card spot going into the day.
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