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The Mets lost to the Tigers 3-2 in Lakeland yesterday. Travis d'Arnaud left the game after getting hit in the arm with a pitch but it doesn't sound like it should be a big deal. Jordany Valdespin hit a home run, continuing a hot spring that could end up with him getting playing time in the big league outfield. The Mets take on the Astros this afternoon in Port St. Lucie. You can catch the action locally on SNY today.
Three non-roster invites were demoted to minor league camp this morning: Cory Mazzoni, Rafael Montero, and Juan Centeno will head back to the other side.
Joel Sherman says that the clock is ticking on Lucas Duda as the Mets' young players develop around him.
Jenrry Mejia is cleared to pitch, as his overactive thyroid was deemed mostly a non-issue. The righty just can't eat too much fish.
Not only did Dillon Gee have symptoms of his blood clot in July but he pitched the majority of his 2012 season with a dead arm, something he thinks likely resulted from the clot.
Around the Majors
Mexico defeated the USA 5-2 in their first game of the WBC tournament. David Wright had two of Team USA's hits and knocked in their first run. R.A. Dickey did not have a great knuckleball and got knocked around early for four runs. In an interview, Bud Selig says "you won't recognize MLB in ten years" and he dreams of having a "true World Series" between different countries.
Here's a great piece about how 16-year olds are taken advantage of by MLB teams in the Dominican. The article also tells the story of Yewri Guillen, a young signee with the Nationals who died from untreated bacterial meningitis.
This is interesting: Rawlings and SABR have teamed up to add a sabermetric component to the Gold Glove. SABR will develop a proprietary fielding metric for use during awards voting.
The Cardinals agreed to a five year extension with first baseman Allen Craig. Meanwhile, reliever Mark Rzepczynski injured his eye with a golf ball. LOLMets, amirite?
Yesterday At AA
Matthew Callan has a recap of This Week In Baseball Season One, Episode 11.
Brock Mahan reviews March 8th in Mets history.