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Mets Morning News: Jacob deGrom has first so-so start of spring, Jay Bruce has some hip soreness

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

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Meet the Mets

Jacob deGrom had his first tough outing of the spring, and despite an attempt at a comeback the Mets fell to the Marlins 7-5.

Despite his last inning, deGrom was mostly pleased with his outing and the smooth, easy delivery appears to be back.

Rafael Montero pitched another two scoreless innings and is making a serious bid to join the Mets’ bullpen.

The offense struggled with runners in scoring position, which is something the team was hoping to improve upon from last season.

Jay Bruce had to be scratched from the lineup after he experienced some pain in his hip from taking grounders at first. He also sat down for a Q & A where he weighed in with his impressions of New York and his teammates, among other topics.

Neil Walker is finally pain-free after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back.

Travis d’Arnaud once again had trouble throwing baserunners out against Miami, and the problem could stem from his throwing technique.

Fernando Salas will need to get some work in now that his visa issue has been resolved.

The Mets perhaps aren’t as far behind the Nationals as projections currently have them listed.

A former NBA player, who played with Julius Erving, is enjoying his retirement as an usher at First Data Field.

Around the NL East

The Braves set their rotation for the start of the season, and as it stands now Bartolo Colon will face the Mets in their opening series.

Marlins third baseman Martin Prado was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain and won’t be ready for Opening Day.

The Phillies announced that Jeremy Hellickson will be their Opening Day starter.

Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals defeated the other side of the split-squad Marlins.

Around the Majors

Several teams are interested in signing former Met Kelly Johnson, but he is searching for a major league deal.

Giants closer Mark Melancon will join Team USA in the World Baseball Classic when they face Team Japan in the semifinals.

Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer will not be on Team USA as they continue on in the tournament.

Pitching in high-stress games in the WBC in March could affect pitchers later on in the season.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon suggested the winner of the World Series take on the winner of the World Baseball Classic in a best-of-three series.

Adam Jones’s spectacular catch in the WBC had everyone buzzing, but where does it rank among other home-run-saving catches?

Yesterday at AA

David Capobianco thinks Jay Bruce could redeem himself if he can replicate some of the success he found in Cincinnati.

This Date in Mets History

In 1961, the Mets were still in search of a home, when on this date the Yankees announced they would not allow the new expansion team to play their home games at Yankee Stadium.