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The big news out of Mets camp yesterday was that Jacob deGrom had to miss a bullpen due to groin soreness. deGrom downplayed the injury, and said he's still set to throw later in the week.
It looks as if Zack Wheeler will be back on the mound soon. Wheeler is expected to throw off a mound this week for the first time since his injury.
Tim Rohan noted that Rafael Montero is determined to be more prepared in the event of an injury this season. After questions over injuries, the Mets' young starter seems to be back on track.
Ken Davidoff opined that Juan Lagares is a victim of the Mets' success. He noted that Lagares' contract will start getting more expensive, and so it might be wise to get him as much playing time as possible.
Asdrubal Cabrera made his way to Mets camp today. Everyone seemed to be paying attention to how big his arms were, and of course there was a lot of discussion about his fielding too.
Matt Reynolds said that he's ready to get some outfield work in, if needed. Reynolds clarified that Terry Collins hasn't mentioned anything to him, but he's open to the idea.
Lucas Duda lost some weight in the offseason, and reduced his schedule, which he says has made him feel better. Duda said that he's been overworked the past few seasons, which lead to some slumps.
John Harper said that Travis d'Arnaud knows his poor throwing in the playoffs was an anomaly. Even if it wasn't, he's determined to get better at it.
Our old friend Bryce Harper paid the Mets a complement, when he said that they're "the team to beat" in the NL East.
Kevin Long praised Yoenis Cespedes, comparing him to some other stars who he coached. The Mets also seemed pretty pleased that Cespedes showed up early to camp.
Around the NL East
Jeff Francoeur is headed back to the Braves on a minor-league deal. Francoeur spent his first six seasons in Atlanta, before being traded to the Mets in 2009.
Bryce Harper had quite the collection of quotes from a segment on Washington sports radio. Harper suggested that he wasn't a leader, and had to fend off Yankees chatter.
Maikel Franco still hasn't reported to Phillies camp, and that raises some eyebrows for John Stolnis.
Around the Majors
The Rockies are reportedly none too thrilled about the idea of having Jose Reyes in camp while his domestic abuse case is still active. Jon Heyman reported that they "didn't relish" the idea.
It appeared last night there was a trade brewing between the Blue Jays, Angels, and Reds that would send Jay Bruce to Toronto, and Michael Saunders to Los Angeles.
Jose Bautista was very frank about his unwillingness to take a hometown discount. Bautista noted that he gave the Blue Jays a price to think about.
Dave Cameron released his offseason rankings for each team. The Mets scored well!
Yesterday at AA
Matt Varvaro's Mind Boggler for the week had a lot of pictures, and it's definitely the most challenging yet.
Brian Salvatore told us that the Mets made the awesome decision to wear their 1986 throwbacks every Sunday.
Noel Purcell discussed Zack Wheeler getting back to action.
Sara Novic reminded us that legendary novelist Harper Lee was a Mets fans.
This Date in Mets History
Today is the birthday of the Mets' money man himself, Bobby Bonilla.
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