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Mets Morning News: A happy Harvey day, a not-so-happy Matz Day

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

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Meet the Mets

Matt Harvey had his best start of the spring as the Mets defeated the Braves 8-2.

Harvey’s velocity has continued to rise and he was very pleased with how this last outing went.

Harvey took a step forward, but unfortunately Steven Matz took a step back and had to be scratched from his next start with elbow tenderness. There is a bit of frustration from management when it comes to Matz’s ailments.

With the uncertainty surrounding Matz and Zack Wheeler, Robert Gsellman has locked up a rotation spot.

There is also uncertainty surrounding the severity of Juan Lagares’s injury, and depending on what his MRI reveals, a door could be opened for Michael Conforto. Overall, Conforto believes he is better prepared for whatever lies ahead.

Curtis Granderson’s secret to staying healthy is drinking a whole lot of water.

The NL East will most likely be a battle between the Mets and Nationals.

Around the NL East

Some familiar names will be featured in the Braves’ rotation, but what can be expected of them this season?

Marlins pitcher Jeff Locke will miss the first month of the season as he recovers from tendinitis.

Stephen Strasburg was named the Nationals’ Opening Day starter. Gio Gonzalez had a tough day against the Astros and they lost to Houston 5-1.

Around the Majors

The Tigers are going to try to convert outfielder Anthony Gose into a pitcher.

Angels star Mike Trout shared his ideas on how to get young umpires more experience as they work their way through the system.

Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is frustrated with his role on the team.

Dodgers’ starter Scott Kazmir will not make the rotation at the start of the season as he continues to rehab a hip ailment.

The six-year-old son of Indians’ general manager Mike Chernoff might have accidentally spilled the beans on a possible Francisco Lindor extension.

Yesterday at AA

Brett Hartley thinks Neil Walker will once again be a key piece in the Mets’ lineup.

Max Gelman believes Fernando Salas will bolster the bullpen this season.

Michael Martone argued that Lucas Duda will be a crucial contributor to the offense.

Steve Schreiber updated the 2017 King of Spring Training standings.

Chris McShane covered Steven Matz’s elbow tenderness.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets acquired pitcher David Cone from the Royals on this date in 1987.

Happy Birthday Brandon Nimmo and Matt Harvey!