New York Mets Amazin' News 8/7/17: Robert Gsellman Struggles In Rehab Assignment
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 27: Robert Gsellman #65 of the New York Mets pitches during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on June 27, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Robert Gsellman has been on the disabled list since late June with a strained left hamstring. With the way he threw the ball Sunday, the 24-year-old doesn’t look like he’s ready to rejoin the big league club.

Gsellman was lit up for six runs (three earned) and seven hits over just 2.2 innings of work against the Harrisburg Senators (Washington’s Double-A affiliate). He struck out only one batter while walking three. Over three rehab starts with the Rumble Ponies, he’s pitched to a 5.68 ERA and 2.21 WHIP.

Over three rehab starts with the Rumble Ponies, he’s pitched to a 5.68 ERA and 2.21 WHIP. If there’s a silver lining to all of this, it’s that he’s kept the ball in the yard. Lest we forget, Gsellman served up 13 home runs in 14 starts with the Mets before the injury.

Juan Lagares Continues Rehab Assignment

In six rehab games with Double-A Binghamton, Lagares is hitting .250 (5-for-20) with a pair of strikeouts and runs scored. Sunday, he played five innings against the Harrisburg Senators—Washington’s Double-A affiliate—going 1-for-3 and throwing a runner out at home.

Lagares has missed more than a month-and-a-half of the season due to a fractured thumb. It would seem as if he’s getting closer to a return, but hey, these are the Mets. Nobody knows just how they’re going to proceed.

Chances are that they’ll want to see him play a full nine innings in center field before putting him back on the 25-man roster.

Whenever that happens, an already crowded outfield situation is just going to become more difficult for manager Terry Collins to manage.

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David Peterson Makes Professional Debut

With the 20th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the Mets selected left-handed pitcher David Peterson out of the University of Oregon. The 6’6″, 240-pound southpaw finally made his professional debut this past Friday—to mixed results.

The 21-year-old tossed one inning for Low-A Brooklyn, allowing one run on two hits while striking out one. Afterward, he spoke to Justin Tasch and Christian Red of the New York Daily News.

“Obviously to pitch my first game in pro ball was very exciting,” said Peterson. “Glad to be back out there, and I’m ready to work.”

His next step will be to throw two innings in a game, which figures to be his limit for the rest of the season. MLB.com ranked him as the team’s top pitching prospect (No. 3 overall), just ahead of last year’s first-round pick, right-handed starter Justin Dunn.

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