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Mets Morning News: Four hours and eight minutes of pain and torture

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

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Meet the Mets

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The inexperienced young Mets are going through some growing pains together.

Gonzalez Germen has an abscess and his rehab has been halted.

Matt Harvey's return to a mound is getting closer and the injured pitcher is aiming for 5-7 starts later this season. Sandy Alderson is not sure whether that will happen, though. Harvey says he'll change his routine and pitch at a heavier weight when he does return. Finally, when asked about his agent Scott Boras, Harvey said that he and not Boras is the boss.

Wilmer Flores got the start at shortstop last night and that's the only way the Mets will learn whether he can play the position.

The numbers show that Citi Field has been a house of horrors for the Mets on the field and the organization has also tried to limit the distractions for their players prior to games.

Infield prospect LJ Mazzilli got some words of advice from Yogi Berra recently.

Yesterday At AA

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets series with the Dodgers.

Episode 69 of the Amazin' Avenue Audio podcast is available to listen to.

Around the NL East

The Phillies beat the Marlins 6-5 but also lost Cliff Lee to the 15-day disabled list, while the Nationals beat the Reds 9-4, and the Braves won 5-0 over the Brewers behind Julio Teheran.

Around the Majors

MLBAM's new player tracking metrics are in use at Citi Field and four plays show how they work.

Stephen Drew is finally off the market, as the shortstop re-signed with the Red Sox.

Dodgers AAA catcher Miguel Olivo pulled a Mike Tyson and bit off a chunk of the ear of infielder Alex Guerrero. Apparently, Olivo was pissed that Guerrero didn't tag a baserunner out at second on a stolen base attempt.

Chris Davis is back as he launched three home runs last night.

Jose Fernandez admitted to feeling elbow soreness prior to his last start.

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