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Mets Morning News: Minor hiccup for Zack Wheeler, Neil Walker happy to be a Met

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Mets Morning News

Zack Wheeler felt some “tenderness” in his elbow so the Mets will proceed with caution when it comes to Wheeler and his injuries. According to Dan Warthen, Wheeler could be facing an innings limit in the low 100s, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he should start the year in the bullpen. A guide the Mets could use for handling Wheeler is how the Nationals treated Stephen Strasburg when he returned from Tommy John surgery.

Noah Syndergaard is massive, which might be concerning to some, but others trust Thor knows what he is doing.

Twins starter Phil Hughes helped ease Matt Harvey’s anxiety when Harvey needed surgery to fix the thoracic outlet syndrome he had been dealing with.

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale still marvels at the home run Jacob deGrom hit off of him in college.

Will 2017 be the year the Mets finally see what the Fab 5 can do?

Neil Walker is very happy to be back with a competitive Mets team and is open to signing a contract extension.

Walker could get his extension, but none of the young starters have engaged in contract talks with Sandy Alderson.

Fernando Salas is officially a Met for one more year, which almost rounds out Terry Collins’s bullpen. Right now there are two spots left in the bullpen that a handful of relievers will have to earn before Opening Day.

Robert Gsellman could be competing for either a spot in the rotation or a spot in the bullpen, but one thing that is for certain is he should now be able to swing a bat.

The Mets will complete their spring training schedule in an exhibition game at West Point against Army.

Around the NL East

Braves utility man Sean Rodriguez underwent shoulder surgery and could miss the entire season. Bartolo Colon believed he would return to the Mets until Atlanta successfully lured him away.

The sale of the Marlins to Joshua Kushner might not go through if current owner Jeffery Loria accepts a position to become ambassador to France. The Marlins’ odds of winning the World Series this year are rather low.

The Phillies are looking to hire someone to help their Latin American players transition to playing professional baseball.

Nationals’ manager Dusty Baker is not worried about his contract status. Washington remains interested in free agent catcher Matt Wieters.

Around the Majors

Outfielder L.J. Hoes tested positive for drugs for the second time and was suspended 50 games.

Former Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart expressed some regret over some of the decisions he made while with the team.

Astros ace Dallas Keuchel revealed he pitched through shoulder trouble all of last season.

Clayton Kershaw is still regarded as the best pitcher in baseball.

A college baseball team in Arizona recreated a famous scene from the movie Major League as they prepared to start their season.

Yesterday at AA

Nathan Gismot continued his countdown of the top 25 home run hitters in Mets history and number 20 was Cliff Floyd.

Max Gelman covered Wheeler’s elbow tenderness and his innings limit.

Luke Fiore wrote about Neil Walker’s willingness to sign a contract extension.

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This Date in Mets History

It is a sad day in Mets history. Beloved catcher Gary Carter lost his battle with cancer on this date in 2012.