Still, Bruce is not even replicating what he did with the Cincinnati Reds before being obtained on August 1 for second baseman Dilson Herrera and 19-year-old left-hander Max Wotell.
The Miracle and the Mets (28-24) meet for the final time this season Thursday night before the Miracle return to Hammond Stadium on Friday to open a six-game homestand.
Despite Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera returning from the disabled list, the Mets were stymied by Johnny Cueto and fell 8-1 to the Giants at AT&T Park.
Steven Matz will fly back to NY to have his shoulder examined by team doctors on Monday, Collins said.
"It's going to be hard emotionally when I get out there for the first time because I've been through a lot", said Smoker, who has undergone two shoulder surgeries. Span followed with another RBI single to push the lead to 3-1. At that point Erik Goeddel came on to keep Familia from working too much and promptly allowed Conor Gillaspie to hit a two run homer (5) to cap the scoring.
St. Lucie right-hander Casey Delgado (7-2) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing three runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings.
Neil Walker was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game with lower back stiffness.
There had been talk of skipping Niese to allow for a stronger rotation in that important series, but the team is not in the position to skip Niese while dealing with an injury to a starter. "Then when I was at the plate getting ready to bat, just when I went to do that swing, I really didn't have that strength in my back leg like I do now".
STOPPING BY: Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon, media relations director Jay Horwitz and radio announcer Howie Rose visited Tom Seaver at his vineyard in Calistoga, Calif. Friday and presented the Hall of Famer a World Series ring.
The Mets also called up left-handed reliever Josh Smoker from Triple-A Las Vegas.
"We had a great a great day", Wilpon said.
Infielder T.J. Rivera and outfielder/infielder Ty Kelly were optioned to Class AAA Las Vegas.