• Collins indicated that Dillon Gee could miss more than three turns in the rotation because of a strained right lat. In order to come off the disabled list by May 31, Gee would need to throw a bullpen session by Saturday and appear in a Minor League rehab game by Monday. He does not appear ready to do so, meaning Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom could each receive at least two more starts.
• With Mejia coming off back-to-back outings, Valverde served as the acting closer on Friday. The Mets will continue to use other pitchers in the ninth inning until Mejia proves capable of pitching in three or more consecutive games.
• The Mets will host their seventh annual Military Appreciation Day on Monday, offering military members complimentary tickets to the 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Pirates. Fans with active military ID can receive one day-of-game ticket at any sales window outside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.
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