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Mets Morning News: We don't like concealing injury Ike

Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Oblique injury be damned.
Oblique injury be damned.
Jim McIsaac

Meet the Mets

Mike Puma of the Post writes that Ike Davis' oblique injury which ended his season last August was something he had originally suffered in May and kept concealed from the team.

Anthony DiComo talked with Wilmer Flores about the tenuous political situation in his home country of Venezuela.

Marc Carig notes the Mets catching depth has been greatly improved with the current development of Kevin Plawecki.

Around the Majors

Ken Rosenthal with a stunner: Ervin Santana, Kendrys Morales, and Stephen Drew, all of whom would command a first round pick as compensation for their signings, may sit out until after the draft when the compensation would not apply.

The exceptionally honest Zach Grienke has managed to draw the ire of some Australians with his recent comments about the Dodgers' opening series in Sydney. Nice to see someone who hates travelling abroad more than Karl Pilkington.

"You can put on the WARP, yesssss!" may be something you actually hear from the lips of Hawk Harrelson this season. Hat tip to Jim Margulis of South Side Sox for unearthing this gem and expect even more cantankerousness from the WGN booth this season!

In honor of the recent Braves extension spree, Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus interviewed the godfather of team-friendly extentions: former Indians and Rangers GM John Hart.

Jen Mac Ramos at Beyond the Box Score takes a look at the decline of Nick Markakis.

Yesterday At AA

Resident FanPost extraordinaire Dan Lewis' sardonic view of Mets beat writers will bring delight to your Monday morning.

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