Mets Morning News: Mejia Cleared To Resume Today,Wheeler Threw On Thursday, Francisco Is Close

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New York Mets related news and links for March 8, 2012

Thursday was a good day to be a young New York Mets starting pitcher. Matt Harvey got the start, and looked fantastic in 4-1/3 innings of work against the Marlins. The box score can be found here.

Zack Wheeler had been held back due to an oblique injury he suffered early in spring training, but he was back on the mound Thursday throwing a bullpen session. Frank Francisco is also talked about in that article, and the most expensive reliever on the roster looks like he's getting close to returning as well.

Jenrry Mejia has had a bit of a rough time this spring, first with visa issues and then with a thyroid problem. Doctors in New York have cleared him to resume baseball activity on Friday though, so hopefully that was the last setback for the right-hander.

Howard Megdal got a tour of the new Amway storefront at Citi Field, and spent some time describing the experience.

Yesterday at AA

Episode 10 of Amazin' Avenue Audio is now available for your listening pleasure.

Jeff Kent turned 45 years old yesterday, one of several former Mets who were born on March 7.

We had an excellent FanPost which took a look at just how good Matt Den Dekker's glove would have to be to justify a starting role despite his issues at the plate.

Around Baseball

The Dominican Republic and Venezuela met yesterday in pool play a.t the World Baseball Classic, and former Met Jose Reyes had a four-hit day at the plate. The Dominicans won the game 9-3.

Jenrry Mejia wasn't the only NY baseball player cleared to resume baseball activities yesterday. Derek Jeter might have to start taking in some extra calories now that he's fully cleared.

Farhan Zaidi spoke at the Sloan Sports Analytics conference, and FanGraphs had some of what he said.

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