New York Mets Player News: All Positions

News: Matz (5-5) allowed five earned runs on six hits and four walks while striking out two across five innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Braves.
Impact: Matz had allowed only two earned runs and two hits through five innings of work. However, he surrendered four consecutive hits to begin the sixth frame -- three of which went for extra-bases -- ruining his outing. After whiffing at least five batters in each of his last five starts, Matz also failed to miss many bats, generating just 10 swinging strikes. He'll look to get back on track in his next start, but will draw a tough road matchup against the Phillies.
News: Familia (shoulder) will not undergo an MRI, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports.
Impact: Familia spent time on the injured list earlier in the season due to the same issue (a Bennett lesion), so the Mets don't believe another MRI is necessary. The reliever will rest and do arm exercises until he's cleared to resume throwing.
News: Santiago elected free agency Wednesday, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Santiago will test the open market after being designated for assignment and subsequently clearing waivers. In eight appearances for the Mets prior to being released, Santiago compiled a 6.75 ERA, 1.88 WHIP and 6:5 K:BB in eight innings.
News: Gomez is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Braves, Anthony DiComo of reports.
Impact: Gomez will take a seat for the second time in four games as Juan Lagares picks up another start in center field Wednesday. Since the start of June, Gomez is slashing .184/.238/.342 with two homers, two stolen bases and a 41.9 percent strikeout rate in 12 games.
News: Cano is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Braves, Anthony DiComo of reports.
Impact: Cano has started three straight games since returning from the injured list over the weekend, going 3-for-12 with a homer, two doubles and a 2:2 BB:K in those contests. The veteran second baseman will take a seat for Wednesday's series finale as the Mets look to ease him back into action, with Jeff McNeil starting at the keystone in his place.
News: Font will not start Thursday against the Cubs, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Font was a candidate to fill in for the injured Noah Syndergaard (hamstring), but the Mets will instead give Walker Lockett the ball for Thursday's series opener. The right-handed Font will work as a long reliever for now, though there's a chance Font could be considered for a spot start early next week if Lockett struggles, as the Mets will need another fill-in before Syndergaard is eligible to return.
News: Lockett will be recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to start Thursday's game against the Cubs, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Lockett will join the big-league rotation for at least one turn with Noah Syndergaard (hamstring) on the injured list. The 25-year-old right-hander has been solid in four appearances since joining Syracuse, compiling a 3.28 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 9:4 K:BBB in 24.2 innings. Whether he sticks around for a second start could depend on how he fares in Chicago on Thursday.
News: Conforto went 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored Tuesday against the Braves.
Impact: Conforto made his first impact on the game in the third inning, when he doubled in the team's second run prior to coming around to score in the same frame. He later added his 14th homer of the season to lead off the eighth inning. Conforto is in the midst of nine-game hitting streak, though he's recorded only one hit in seven of the contests. He's now hitting .262/.384/.507 across 279 plate appearances for the season.
News: Alonso went 4-for-4 with two walks, a home run, two doubles, three runs scored and three RBI on Tuesday against the Braves.
Impact: Alonso reached base in each of his plate appearances while also notching three extra-base hits, highlighted by his two-run homer in the fourth inning. It was his 24th long ball of the season, and he's outpaced by only Christian Yelich across the majors. Alonso has shown no signs of slowing down of late, homering four times in his past 10 games. He's hitting .274/.359/.624 across 301 plate appearances for the campaign.
News: McNeil went 3-for-5 with a walk, a solo home run and three runs scored Tuesday against the Braves.
Impact: McNeil had already reached base three times before stepping to the plate in the ninth inning, but he capped off his performance by taking Josh Tomlin deep. He now has four homers on the season, and has continued to display strong plate skills (.404 on-base percentage and 11 percent strikeout rate). He's now hitting .333 and slugging .470 across 245 plate appearances for the season.
News: DeGrom (4-6) allowed two earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out 10 across 8.1 innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Braves.
Impact: DeGrom took a shutout into the ninth inning, but was pulled after allowing back-to-back homers to Freddie Freeman and Josh Donaldson. Still, it was a dominant performance as he put together two separate stretches of retiring 10 Braves hitters in a row. He now has a 3.26 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with 112 strikeouts across 91 innings for the season. He'll draw a tough matchup at the Cubs in his next start, currently scheduled for Sunday.