Meet the Mets
The Mets fell to the Rays in a Grapefruit League matchup. Bartolo Colon was roughed up over two innings of work, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had two hits while continuing his quest for the title of King Of Spring Training.
Josh Edgin ended the speculation about his elbow by electing to undergo Tommy John Surgery. Scott Rice is now the only left-handed reliever in major league camp with significant experience.
Mets officials said they have not yet received word on Zack Wheeler's MRI, but they do not expect anything more than tendinitis to be found. Wheeler was scratched from his start over the weekend.
Matt Ehalt wrote a long profile of pitching prospect Steven Matz. The story chronicles his career from the time he was drafted to now, where he is a top prospect on the cusp of the big leagues.
Around the NL East
Around the Major Leagues
Former first overall pick Mark Appel is set to return to game action today. The right-hander has been out since March 5th with a forearm strain.
Chris Gigley says "Time is Relative" for The Hardball Times. MLB is looking to speed up the pace-of-play, but Gigley feels that the time it takes to play a game couldn't matter less to those actually at the game.
This Day in Mets History
On this day in 1961, the New York State legislature approved the construction of Shea Stadium. The 55,000 seat stadium would be built in Flushing, on the grounds of the 1939-40 World's Fair.