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Mets Morning News: The Dark Knight returns to the mound with mixed results

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

MLB: Spring Training-St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets lost to the Cardinals 14-11 in Matt Harvey’s rocky spring debut.

Matt Harvey’s electric fastball was missing, but it is still to early to worry if it will return. The righty was mostly pleased with his progress and he felt good after his first start. It would serve him well to take it slow as he works his way back from thoracic outlet syndrome.

This also appeared to be a different Matt Harvey than the one that took the mound a year ago.

Zack Wheeler threw another live batting practice session and is on track to make his first start Friday.

Yoenis Cespedes left Sunday’s game with muscle tightness but, as of right now, it is of little concern to the Mets.

Tim Tebow will see his first Grapefruit League action on Wednesday.

Roberto Clemente’s generosity set an example for Neil Walker’s father.

The Mets are just one of many teams interested in the newly released Brett Lawrie.

Around the NL East

The Braves fell to the Red Sox, but Mike Foltynewicz pitched well in his second start of the spring.

The Marlins have six different potential buyers for the team as Jeffrey Loria is expected to sell sometime this year.

Nationals reliever Blake Treinen might be the frontrunner to take over the closer’s role. Tanner Roark was good in his final start before the World Baseball Classic.

Around the Majors

The Padres will try to make Christian Bethancourt both a catcher and a pitcher.

Tigers starter Michael Fulmer has a sprained ankle which could cause him to miss the World Baseball Classic.

As the WBC begins, there are several storylines to keep an eye on.

Can playing in the WBC negatively affect performance during the season?

Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain is reportedly seeking a contract extension with the team.

Yesterday at AA

Steve Sypa put together a viewing guide for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

This Date in Mets History

Happy Birthday Cookie Rojas!