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Mets Morning News: deGrom downplays his low velocity, Wright details his rehab plan

Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets dropped a 2-1 game to the Marlins yesterday, but the story of the day focused around Jacob deGrom. deGrom's stuff looked good, and he had a good day, but his velocity was down. deGrom downplayed the issue, saying that he was on a short rest, and needed to stay consistent with his mechanics. Mike Vaccaro said he can't be happy with deGrom's outing with velocity concerns in the air.

David Wright said that he was feeling fine, after awkwardly sliding after a foul ball in Monday's game. Maybe it was Wright's grueling new rehab routine that helped him not to hurt anything. Wright didn't have much to say about his slide, instead he mentioned that he doesn't really care about the Yankees since the Mets aren't competing against them on the field.

Asdrubal Cabrera still isn't running, following his patellar tendon strain. Terry Collins said that he hopes to DH, but not run, in some minor league games next week.

Eric Hosmer was very complimentary of the Mets when he was asked about their chances of making it back to the World Series. He said their postseason experience will only benefit them.

Yoenis Cespedes is pleased that the Rays will be playing in Cuba. The outfielder said that it will be good for the Cuban fans to experience.

Johnny Monell said he's comfortable helping out wherever the Mets need him. Monell said he doesn't mind having a busy schedule.

Around the NL East

Maikel Franco doesn't have a contract extension offer on the table. That contradicts a story out of the Dominican Republic that he did.

The Nationals are planning to sell naming rights to their stadium. The stadium has been known as Nationals Park since its opening.

Around the Majors

For some reason, we're still talking about bat flips. David Ortiz says he wants to flip away, while Johnny Bench said pitchers should dust hitters who flip their bat.

Nathaniel Grow took a look at the Adam LaRoche situation, and whether he has grounds for a grievance.

Mexico and Colombia are headed to the World Baseball Classic. Colombia was propelled to victory by a Dilson Herrera home run.

Yesterday at AA

Matt Varvaro's Mind Boggler for the week is on the Mets' most versatile players.

Noah Syndergaard will start the Mets' second game. The last time Thor saw the Royals, he sailed a fastball over Alcides Escobar's head.

Chris McShane recapped Monday's spring training action.

This Date in Mets History

On March 22, 1962 the Mets played the Yankees for the first time, in a spring training game in Tampa.

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