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Mets Morning News: Mets lose,Josh Edgin to have Tommy John

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

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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

The Nationals lost to the Astros by a score of 3-2. Max Scherzer started and went four innings while allowing only one hit.

The Braves lost to the Blue Jays 10-5. Julio Teheran gave up nine hits and seven runs over the course of 3.1 innings.

The Marlins beat the Tigers 4-2. Dan Haren pitched four shutout innings while Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs.

Around the Major Leagues

Torii Hunter considered retiring after the season, but instead signed with the Twins. He is now saying that as long as he has a productive 2015, he intends to continue playing.

The Diamondbacks do not intend to trade for a catcher as of now. Tuffy Gosewich is currently slated to be the everyday catcher.

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.