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Mets reclaim 1st place but receive bad news on Starling Marte

Hey Mets fans, do you want the good news or the bad news first?

Let’s start with the good. New York swept a doubleheader Wednesday of Pittsburgh Pirateshelping the Mets reclaim sole possession of the top spot in the National League East.

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The Mets started Wednesday tied with the Atlanta Braves, who came out and beat the Oakland A, 7-3. But the doubles sweep gave the Mets a half-game lead over the defending World Series champions.

Now for the bad. The Mets could play part of the stretch race without Starling Marte, who was diagnosed with a broken middle finger in his right hand. By MLB.com:

A day after pulling out a 96 mph fastball from Mitch Keller to his right middle finger in the Mets’ series opener against the Pirates, Marte was told he suffered an undisplaced broken finger. But the Mets did not place Marte on the disabled list, instead filing him day by day. For now, the team sees this as a pain management issue. Performance staff members will reassess Marte when he returns to the ballpark after a day off Thursday, in hopes he can avoid the injured list.

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Marte’s diagnosis came the same day the Mets placed the ace Max Scherzer back on the injured list with what the club calls left-sided fatigue.

But the three-time Cy Young Award winner said he plans to return to the mound when he is eligible to leave IL on September 19.

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