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RHP Jenrry Mejia was dealing for five innings before stumbling against the Dodgers in a 4-2 loss Monday night. Mejia allowed just three hits through five scoreless innings before Los Angeles got to him in the sixth inning for three hits and three runs (two earned). Mejia, though, has yet to give up more than three runs in a game this year.
C Travis d'Arnaud is expected to fill in for John Buck when Buck misses time for paternity leave. D'Arnaud continues to tune up in Triple-A Las Vegas. He was sidelined much of the year with a fracture in his left foot before returning to minor league action in late July. After going 3-for-5 with a homer Monday, d'Arnaud if batting .327 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 16 games for Las Vegas.
RHP Matt Harvey is off to the best second-half start among all major league starting pitchers, but he faces the hottest team in the game Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Coming off a shutout against the Rockies in which he allowed just five hits, Harvey will face the Dodgers for just the second time. He wound up with a no-decision in a 7-3 Mets win in April 2012.
RHP Jeremy Hefner, optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, had his sore right elbow examined Monday and is reportedly scheduled to be re-examined Wednesday by team doctors. There is a chance he could wind up on the disabled list. Hefner struggled this year in 24 games (23 starts), going 4-8 with a 4.34 ERA. He was particularly bad since the All-Star break, 0-2 with a 9.13 ERA in five starts.
SS Omar Quintanilla had a rare big day at the plate for the Mets on Monday night against the Dodgers. Quintanilla, batting just .231 on the year, was one of four Mets with two hits. His run-scoring single in the second inning gave him 17 RBIs for the year, a career high.