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Mets Morning News: Harvey ready to pitch to batters, Wright ready to take it easy

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

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Meet the Mets

Matt Harvey says that he will pitch against real live batters later this week for the first time since his Tommy John surgery.

Perhaps Harvey's outing will feature his curveball, a pitch Terry Collins thinks of as "stinking dynamite" after watching the right-hander's first bullpen session on Sunday. Following the practice, Harvey said that his elbow felt great.

David Wright says he'll be less reckless this season in an effort to be productive and play in more games.

Queens isn't seen as the most attractive spot for free agents nowadays, but for Scott Rice, "There was nowhere else I wanted to go."

On this date in Mets history: Bobby Bonilla turns 52 years old today!

Around the National League East

Remember when the slugger formerly known as Mike Stanton became ten times cooler by changing his roster name to Giancarlo? Well, now a certain Braves outfielder is going in the other direction by changing from Bossman Junior to Melvin Upton Jr.

In an interview with Ken Rosenthal, new Marlins pitcher Mat Latos talks about getting traded to Miami as well as how the clubhouse atmosphere in Cincinnati has deteriorated.

Around the Majors

Former big league catcher Gregg Zaun sort of apologized for his controversial hazing comments.

Being in the best shape of his life didn't help last year, so CC Sabathia got back to being hefty.

Bruce Bochy has returned to Giants camp after undergoing a minor heart procedure.

ESPN shares some then-and-now photography of the Athletic's 2002 "Moneyball" draft class.

That awkward moment when you're the new guy in camp and you need to find a throwing partner.