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Mets Morning News: Jacob deGrom returns to the mound, David Wright plans to be cautious

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

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After missing a bullpen session due to groin soreness, Jacob deGrom returned to the mound on Wednesday. He experienced no further issues while throwing.

David Wright will be managed carefully during Grapefruit League action. He will receive sporadic playing time in the early going and won't partake in road games.

As a part of his arbitration settlement, Ruben Tejada was given an extra day of service time. This allows him to become a free agent after the 2016 season.

Addison Reed has been named the Mets' setup man to begin the 2016 season. After being acquired in a trade with the Diamondbacks in 2015, Reed posted a 1.17 ERA over 15.1 innings for Mets.

Hansel Robles's suspension was reduced from three games to two. The punishment stems from throwing at Cameron Rupp's head at the end of the 2015 regular season.

Bartolo Colon discussed his reasons for re-signing with the Mets, despite having more lucrative offers on the table.

Mets shortstop prospect Gavin Cecchini received a cortisone shot in his shoulder to treat a residual injury from the Arizona Fall League. Cecchini is Amazin' Avenue's number three prospect heading into this season.

The Mets hosted a 14-year-old boy who had recently undergone a heart transplant.

Around the NL East

The Nationals and Bryce Harper have had informal discussions regarding a contract extension. As of now, Harper will be a free agent after the 2018 season.

Right-handed pitcher Jarred Cosart is reportedly not guaranteed a sport in the Marlins rotation. Cosart spent much of 2015 on the disabled list, but didn't pitch well when he was healthy, recording a 4.52 ERA over 69.2 innings.

The Braves signed 28-year-old Cuban pitcher Carlos Manuel Portuondo $990,000. He is expected to start the year at Double-A.

Around MLB

After a physical yielded concerns over his shoulder, the Orioles and Yovani Gallardo have restructured his deal. He will now receive $22 million over two years, plus a team option that would be worth $11 million, should it be exercised.

Josh Hamilton will begin the season on the disabled list with a knee injury. He is expected to be out for two months beginning now as he receives platelet-rich plasma injections, and would hopefully return a month into the season.

The Dodgers signed veteran pitcher Jamey Wright. The 41-year-old did not pitch in 2015 after being released by the Rangers during spring training.

David Ortiz hopes to receive a standing ovation from Yankees fans in his last visit to Yankee Stadium.

Today in Mets History

February 25 is a relatively slow day in Mets history, but it is the birthday of pitcher Ed Lynch. Lynch, who turns 60, was with the Mets from 1980 through 1986, when he was traded to the Cubs during the season.