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Mets’ series opener vs. Phillies rescheduled as July doubleheader

The Mets’ series opener against the Phillies Monday at Citi Field was postponed because of the snow storm that hit the New York area.

The game has been rescheduled as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Monday, July 9 at 4:10 p.m. That makeup contest will start a four-game series against Philadelphia, the Mets’ second-to-last set before the All-Star break.

The Yankees’ home opener against the Blue Jays was also postponed. A winter storm crushed New York City, dropping several inches of snow amid blizzard conditions early Monday morning. The field and seats in Flushing were completely covered.

Catcher Kevin Plawecki posted a photo to Instagram of a snowman he and teammates A.J. Ramos, Travis d’Arnaud and Phillip Evans built on the field.

April snow storm drops 3 inches across the city

The Mets make the most of a bad situation, posing with a snowman at Citi Field.

(Courtesy of New York Mets)

“Only one playin today is this dude!” Plawecki wrote in the caption.

Ramos also took a video of the snowman, named “Salty,” that the Mets tweeted from their official account.

In the afternoon Monday, MLB.com sadly reported that the snowman had been destroyed.

Matt Harvey was slated to make his first start of the season Monday after voicing excitement over his improved health in the lead-up to Opening Day. The Mets announced that Harvey will now start Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. contest against the Phillies.

Seth Lugo was scheduled to start Tuesday, but he will now be skipped over in the rotation. Noah Syndergaard — who allowed four earned runs in six innings while striking out 10 batters on Opening Day — will start Wednesday on five-days rest.

Jacob deGrom will then start the series opener at the Nationals Thursday at 1:05 p.m on normal rest. DeGrom surrendered one earned run and four hits while striking out seven over 5.2 innings in Saturday’s 6-2 victory over the Cardinals. He has a 1.98 career ERA during day games.

Outfielder Michael Conforto — who started this season on the disabled list while he finishes rehabbing from September shoulder surgery that fixed a torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder — was supposed to take live at-bats in a simulated game Monday against lefthander Jason Vargas. According to MLB.com, Vargas still threw his sim game Monday afternoon, albeit indoors. It’s unclear if Conforto participated.

Vargas also started the season on the DL after a line drive connected with his non-pitching hand during a minor-league spring training game, resulting in a fractured hamate bone.

Conforto is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday. And manager Mickey Callaway said Sunday after the Mets dropped their series finale to the Cardinals that it’s “possible” the 25-year-old outfielder could return to the lineup for Thursday’s game at the Nationals in Washington. Now there’s a chance that timetable gets pushed back. Conforto flew to New York from Port St. Lucie on Sunday to re-join the team.

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