The team announced on Thursday that Jacob deGrom, their ace right-hander, did not suffer a significant injury to his pitching elbow during Wednesday's start against Atlanta.
"Because of the outcome, the feeling is the same as after the first outing", he said. "It wasn't getting worse, but it didn't feel good, so I made a decision to say something".
The 29-year-old pitcher intends to play catch Friday and throw a bullpen session on Saturday.
Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies (1) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a three-run home run against the New York Mets during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 3, 2018, in New York. An MRI taken following Wednesday the game revealed no ligament damage.
Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland noticed deGrom winced during the swing, spoke with the pitcher and allowed deGrom to pitch the fourth.
"I've been injured before. I think they'll be rockin' tomorrow night", Snitker said.
It didn't take the Braves long to go up 3-0 on new Mets starter Jason Vargas. He allowed a solo homer to Ronald Acuna and a two-run shot to Nick Markakis before getting the hook for Matt Harvey. The Braves opened a 1 1/2-game division lead, the latest in a season they have been in first place since July 20, 2014.
Atlanta outscored the Mets 21-2 in the series, outhit them 41-15 and extended its winning streak to five.
Said Callaway: "It's just a little blip in the road". Cabrera doubled on a curveball with a 1-2 count. Michael Conforto walked and Adrian Gonzalez loaded the bases with an infield hit before Amed Rosario popped up.
Vargas went 4.2 innings allowing six runs on 11 hits (three homers), two walks and struck out three. Teheran walked Yoenis Cespedes on a 3-1 count in the fourth, then got nine more outs in a row on a summer-like afternoon with a game-time temperature of 90 at Citi Field.