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Mets Morning News: Duda’s injury demons

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Meet the Mets

Despite a loss to the Nationals, Mets fans have some reason for encouragement. The captain is back in action.

But there are also alarm bells ringing. Lucas Duda’s injury woes are still plaguing him.

Kevin Plawecki could also be on the shelf. He suffered a knee contusion in a nasty collision at home plate.

On the brighter side, who are these mustachioed men in Mets pitcher disguises?

Could a rumored extension of Neil Walker have ripple effects when it’s time to re-sign players in the Mets’ young core?

Around the NL East

Bryce Harper got his spring off to a very good start for the Nationals.

The Marlins opened their spring training schedule with a loss to the Cardinals.

News also came out Saturday that the girlfriend of the late Jose Fernandez gave birth to their daughter.

Bartolo Colon was on the mound as the Braves won their Grapefruit League opener.

The Good Phight really enjoyed Maikel Franco’s inside-the-park home run.

Around the Majors

The Royals took a moment to honor Yordano Ventura before their first spring training game.

The Pirates named Gerrit Cole their Opening Day starter.

Dellin Betances says he’s happy to have Aroldis Chapman back as the Yankees closer.

He’s always had unconventional ideas before, so Joe Maddon says he has this idea for the fifth spot in the Cubs starting rotation.

Check out what delayed the Reds-Indians game Saturday afternoon.

This Date in Mets History

His injury news is an even tougher pill for him to swallow, considering Sunday is Kevin Plawecki’s 26th birthday.