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Mets Morning News: Wright suffers setback, Conforto turns 24

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

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David Wright has been shut down from throwing a baseball for two weeks. The Mets’ captain suffered an “impingement” in his right shoulder after experiencing soreness all spring.

While Sandy Alderson stressed “There is no structural damage, this is not a surgical issue,” the team remains prepared for the worst case scenario. Ken Davidoff of the Post cited Wilmer Flores, T.J. Rivera, and Matt Reynolds as options to fill in at third base.

The addition of Jose Reyes has paid off with David Wright sidelined, Marc Carig of Newsday writes.

Terry Collins—who once said "It's a manager's worst nightmare to see a star [Wright] fade”—was upbeat when addressing Wright’s rehabilitation process.

Seth Lugo continued his perfect spring with three scoreless innings against Miami on Tuesday. Lugo will start Team Puerto Rico’s March 10 opener in the World Baseball Classic.

Dave Cameron of FanGraphs profiled Robert Gsellman, a “big league ready arm” even without a knockout breaking ball.

Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs assembled the Mets’ Top 20 prospects list.

Around the NL East

Mike Foltynewicz is content to compete with veteran teammates for a spot in Atlanta’s rotation.

Marlins closer A.J. Ramos did not look sharp in his most recent outing against the Mets.

While his duties aren’t yet clear, two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay has joined the Phillies as a uniformed instructor.

The Nationals opened their new spring training home with a walk-off win.

Around Major League Baseball

Rian Watt of VICE Sports stated the Brewers’ case as the NL Central’s most interesting team.

Zach Kram of The Ringer listed the 10 best bargains of this past offseason.

Yovani Gallardo had a rough spring debut with the Mariners.

Samer Kalaf of Deadspin assembled the best of MLB’s Photo Day.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2012, Johan Santana threw two simulated innings in his return from anterior capsule surgery, facing David Wright, Ike Davis, and Daniel Murphy.

Happy birthday to Ramon Castro, Tony Castillo, Rich Rodriguez, and Michael Conforto!