Phillies prospects Ben Lively, Nick Williams gain experience in loss to Mets

The Phillies actually had a couple of them on the field for Friday night's 2-1 loss to the New York Mets at Citi Field (see Instant Replay). Nick Williams, of course, came up earlier in the day, replacing the injured Howie Kendrick, and the left-handed hitting outfielder stroked a single (he also struck out and lined out to center field) in three at-bats against a pretty good pitcher in Jacob deGrom in his big-league debut. Remember, Ben Lively was the Phillies' minor-league pitcher of the year in 2015, and the 25-year-old right-hander, promoted to the majors a month ago, is now taking a regular turn in the team's rotation.

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This post was written by Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia on June 30, 2017

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Instant Replay: Mets 2, Phillies 1

NEW YORK -- Phillies president Andy MacPhail held a state of the team chat with reporters in the dugout at Citi Field before Friday night's game against the Mets. Here are the highlights: On the season "I’m disappointed like everybody else. I don’t think there’s any great surprise that I’m disappointed. I didn’t expect us to contend, quite honestly. I thought it was a stretch that we’d get to .500. The fact that we’ve struggled as much as we have is disappointing, particularly when we made some effort to avoid this very thing. We made some effort in terms of our payroll to sacrifice draft position in ’18, to bring some stabilizers in so we wouldn’t have to endure — our fans wouldn’t have to endure

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LEADING OFF: Wheeler returns for Mets

A look at what's happening all around the majors Saturday: BACK AGAIN Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler returns from the disabled list to start at Citi Field against the Phillies, who have the worst record in the majors. Wheeler is 3-5 with a 5.29 ERA after missing the past two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was pitching well, with a 3.45 ERA, before getting hit hard in two consecutive short starts and going on the DL retroactive to June 20 with biceps tendinitis. "There had to be a blip someplace. You just don't go two years without throwing a baseball and come back and pitch as well as he's pitched without having some type of wear and tear flare up," Mets manager Terry Collins

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This post was written by ABC News on June 30, 2017

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Phillies call up touted prospect Williams to make MLB debut

Touted prospect Nick Williams made his major league debut for the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night against the New York Mets. Williams was called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where the 23-year-old outfielder was batting .280 with 15 home runs, 16 doubles and 44 RBIs in 78 games. This is the best day of my life,'' Williams said at his locker before the game.

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This post was written by The Associated Press on June 30, 2017

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Sandy Alderson takes another not-so-subtle dig at Matt Harvey

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson (left) and pitcher Matt Harvey (right) are still not on great terms. The soap opera that is the New York Mets continued on Friday when general manager Sandy Alderson took a less than subtle dig at Matt Harvey while discussing the pitcher’s recovery from a right shoulder injury. When asked how Harvey’s recovery was coming along, Alderson responded by referencing Harvey’s recent off the field drama.

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This post was written by Big League Stew on June 30, 2017

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Wright at least three-to-five weeks away from baseball activity

Mets 3B David Wright is rehabbing in California and is at least three-to-five weeks away from being cleared to resume baseball activity, GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday.  Wright last appeared in a major league game on May 27, 2016. Earlier this week, there had been news that the captain hoped to be cleared by doctors to begin baseball activity within days.  The 34-year-old Wright clearly faces an uphill battle to return to the majors, much less be a meaningful contributor again. And Mets officials need to work under the assumption that Wright will be a nonfactor in 2018 and beyond. Officially, Wright has been sidelined this season with an impingement in his right shoulder. However, his medical

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This post was written by SNY on June 30, 2017

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Familia will start throwing a baseball soon

Jacob deGrom entered 2017 with a career ERA of 2.74, ranking him as the 3rd best pitcher in baseball since 2014. The Mets expected the usual quiet dominance from him, but instead he has been a roller coaster ride all season. Fresh off a dazzling three-start stretch, has he finally righted the ship? Prior to June 12th, deGrom had followed a solid, if unspectacular, start to his season with two of the worst games of his career -- an 8.0 inning stretch in which he allowed 18 hits and 15 earned runs, leaving him with a 4.75 ERA and a big question mark. Ever since, though, he has been nothing short of incredible, dropping his ERA a full run and resting a beleaguered bullpen by going deep into every

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Conforto had wrist examined again, DL stint possible

Mets OF Michael Conforto had his left wrist examined again on Friday and the Mets are awaiting the results, manager Terry Collins told reporters. Collins and GM Sandy Alderson spoke about a potential 10-day disabled list stint for Conforto, with a determination expected to be made after the latest report from the doctor comes in. Conforto is out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game after suffering a bruised left wrist from a hit by pitch this last Sunday in San Francisco. Any potential DL stint could be backdated to Monday. Conforto said Tuesday afternoon that his wrist is not broken, which was confirmed by X-rays and multiple visits with team doctors throughout the week. He attempted

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Jay Bruce, Jacob deGrom would love to rep the Mets in the All Star Game

Mets OF Jay Bruce is hitting .270 and on pace to hit 42 home runs this season, making him a possible selection by Cubs manager Joe Maddon for this year's NL All-Star team. "I feel like I've played well enough to make it," Bruce said Thursday, according to the NY Post. "It would mean so much to me. I've been able to get to three so far and every one has been one of the coolest memories of my career. I would love to go." Michael Conforto, Addison Reed, and Jacob deGrom are likely to be considered as well, since at least one player from every team is required to be on the roster. DeGrom, who made the All-Star Game in 2015, leads his team's pitching with 1.8 WAR, according to FanGraphs.com. His 1.8

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Phillies-Mets 5 things: Tough matchup for Nick Williams in MLB debut

Phillies (26-51) at Mets (36-42) 7:10 p.m. on CSN; streaming live on CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports App Intrigue was added Friday morning to a Phillies series in New York that looked mostly meaningless until Jim Salisbury's report that Nick Williams is headed to the majors. With that, Phillies fans get the sliver of excitement they've been waiting for. 1. Williams' debut We won't know until the Phillies' lineup comes out around 3 p.m. whether Williams will make his MLB debut tonight. If he does, he'll be doing it against a tough customer in Jacob deGrom. Williams started double-digit games at each outfield spot for Triple A Lehigh Valley this season so expect the Phillies to move him around.

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