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Mets Morning News: Michael Conforto’s hot spring continues, Jay Bruce works out at first

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

MLB: Spring Training-New York Mets at Boston Red Sox Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Michael Conforto and Travis d’Arnaud both had productive days at the plate in the Mets’ 5-2 win against the Tigers.

All of the work Conforto put into the offseason seems to be paying off so far this spring.

Conforto’s promising spring could push Jay Bruce over to first base. Bruce put in some work at first in case Lucas Duda’s back continues to bother him.

Duda was not that concerned about this most recent issue, and he thinks he should return to action soon.

Neil Walker felt great after appearing in his first game since undergoing back surgery.

Unfortunately, the entire Mets infield will need to be monitored considering their various injuries last season.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen was impressed with Zack Wheeler’s progress Sunday.

Baseball Prospectus made its predictions for the 2017 season.

Tim Tebow will report to camp today, and he could see some at-bats with the big league team during spring training.

T.J. Rivera continues to serve as an inspiration as he tries to work his way onto the team.

Former Met David Cone weighed in on various topics, including Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling’s commentary.

Minor league pitching instructor Phil Regan has seen quite a bit of baseball history throughout his time in the game.

Around the NL East

Julio Teheran was solid in his spring debut with the Braves.

Closer A.J. Ramos was ranked as number 31 on the top 100 Marlins of All-Time.

The Nationals could be interested in acquiring reliever David Robertson.

Around the Majors

Players around the league shared what movies they thought were Oscar-worthy this year.

Indians infielder Jason Kipnis was diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff and will be shut down for a few days.

The Red Sox are considering using sleep as a competitive advantage.

Pitcher Sonny Gray will be unable to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic because he was denied insurance coverage.

Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward had a disappointing 2016 but manager Joe Maddon likes what he sees so far out of Heyward.

This Date in Mets History

Happy birthday to the sacrifice fly!