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RHP Matt Harvey (lower back stiffness) will not miss a turn in the rotation and will make his next start against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. Harvey left his start against the Marlins on Saturday after seven innings due to a lower back stiffness that he began feeling after his single in the bottom of the seventh. Harvey will technically move up a day in the rotation. With an off-day Monday, Harvey's next start wasn't supposed to happen until Friday night against the Chicago Cubs, but Shaun Marcum -- who threw eight innings of relief in the 20-inning loss Saturday -- will be pushed back to Friday.

OF Mike Baxter was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon following the Mets' 8-4 loss to the Miami Marlins. Baxter has been a valuable pinch-hitter and role player for the Mets for much of the past two seasons, but he has just three hits in his last 30 at-bats and is hitting .212 overall. Baxter struck out trying to get a bunt down with a runner at first in the ninth Sunday, when he finished 0-for-4.

OF Collin Cowgill was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday and will be in uniform for the Mets when they begin a three-game series against the St, Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on Tuesday. Cowgill, who was hitting .268 with five homers and 12 RBIs in 123 at-bats at Las Vegas, is replacing Mike Baxter -- who was demoted to Las Vegas in a corresponding move -- on the Mets' roster and will likely fill Baxter's role as a fifth outfielder. Cowgill was the Mets' Opening Day center fielder and hit a grand slam in the Mets' 11-2 win over the San Diego Padres, but he hit just .157 with two homers and eight RBIs in 19 games before he was sent to Las Vegas on May 3.

1B Josh Satin was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday and will be in uniform for the Mets when they begin a three-game series against the Cardinals at Citi Field on Tuesday. Satin, who was hitting .306 with nine homers and 32 RBIs for Las Vegas, will likely replace Ike Davis -- who was demoted to Las Vegas in a corresponding move -- as the Mets' starting first baseman. Satin hit .192 in 26 at-bats for the Mets during brief stints with the team in 2011 and 2012.

OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Sunday's game. Nieuwenhuis opened the season with the Mets but was sent to Las Vegas on April 23 after hitting .125 in his first 16 at-bats. He hit .232 with 10 homers and 18 RBIs for Las Vegas but was red-hot over his final 16 games, a stretch in which he hit .270 with eight homers and 13 RBIs. Nieuwenhuis is expected to vie for playing time in center field with rookie Juan Lagares.

RHP Jeremy Hefner will look to continue his stretch of strong pitching Tuesday, when he takes the mound for the Mets against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a three-game series at Citi Field. While Hefner is just 1-5 with a 4.36 ERA, he has pitched much better over the last six weeks. He is 1-3 with a 3.60 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 41/13 in his last eight starts. He is coming off perhaps his best outing of the year, a seven-inning stint against the Nationals on Tuesday in which he didn't factor into the decision despite allowing one run on four hits and one walk while striking out seven in seven inning. This will be Hefner's second career appearance against the Cardinals. In his first start against the Cardinals on May 13, Hefner allowed three runs in six innings and didn't get a decision in the Mets' 6-3 loss.

LHP Robert Carson was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon following the Mets' 8-4 loss to the Marlins. Carson gave up a two-run homer to Miguel Olivo to cap the Marlins' four-run 10th inning. It marked the fourth time in his last six outings that Carson has allowed a run. He has an 8.50 ERA in 13 games for the Mets this season.

LHP Josh Edgin was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday and will be in uniform for the Mets when they begin a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on Tuesday. Edgin will be taking the place of southpaw Robert Carson, who was demoted to Las Vegas in a corresponding move. Edgin opened the season with the Mets but had a 9.64 ERA in 11 games prior to being demoted to Double-A Binghamton on April 27. Edgin has a 6.75 ERA between Binghamton and Las Vegas but has thrown 4 2/3 scoreless innings over his last four outings with Las Vegas.

OF Rick Ankiel was designated for assignment by the Mets prior to Sunday's game. Ankiel signed with the Mets on May 13, four days after he was released by the Houston Astros, and hit .182 with two homers, seven RBIs and 25 strikeouts in 66 at-bats for New York. He had just two hits in his final 35 at-bats for the Mets and struck out three times in four at-bats Saturday even though he didn't enter the 20-inning marathon until the 13th inning.

1B Ike Davis was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon following the Mets' 8-4 loss to the Marlins. Davis has appeared on the verge of a demotion for weeks and heads to Las Vegas with a .161 average, five homers, 16 RBIs and 66 strikeouts in 186 at-bats. Davis went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Sunday and is 10-for-81 with 31 strikeouts dating back to May 11. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson hinted that Davis' replacement would come from Las Vegas and not from the Mets' current roster.

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