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Mets Morning News: Conforto targeting May 1 return, deGrom baby number 2 on the way

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

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Meet the Mets

Michael Conforto is happy with how his shoulder rehab is progressing, but the Mets are going to remain cautious.

Pitcher Jacob deGrom left Mets camp on Tuesday morning as he and his wife are set to have the couple’s second child. He is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday.

Kristie Ackert of the Daily News is reporting that the Mets plan to use Zack Wheeler out of the bullpen with the signing of Jason Vargas.

Mickey Callaway is excited to see the Mets rotation in game action.

Callaway is also set to prove that he is more than just a pitching coach.

Around the National League East

In a little bit of a back and forth between Nationals star Bryce Harper and Marlins manager Don Mattingly, Mattingly says Harper should mind his own business.

Daniel Murphy is unsure if he will be ready for Opening Day after undergoing offseason knee surgery.

The Phillies and free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta have reportedly had dialogue.

Christian Yelich opened up about his time with the Marlins and said the death of pitcher Jose Fernandez was a turning point for the franchise.

Around Major League Baseball

The Rays continued to ship away their top players as they dealt outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to the Diamondbacks as part of a three team deal. Also included in the deal was Arizona infielder Brandon Drury who was traded to the New York Yankees.

All 30 MLB teams are set to honor the victims of the Parkland shooting with special caps on Friday.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Tuesday that MLB’s investigation into Shoei Ohtani’s leaked medial records is ongoing.

The Twins finalized a deal with veteran pitcher Anibal Sanchez.

The Padres believe that Eric Hosmer is a championship piece.

Ted Berg at ForTheWin goes over how to deal with someone who thinks baseball is boring.

The Ringer did a fantastic piece on Sherri Nichols, one of the most influential people in baseball’s sabermetrics movement.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Thomas Henderson previewed Michael Conforto’s 2018 season.

Allison McCague wrote about the pace of play issue.

This Date in Mets History

Tom Seaver became the highest paid pitcher in Major League history, signing a one-year contract worth $172,000.

Joy Foy, who passed away in 1989 would have been 75 today. The late third baseman played one season for the Mets in 1970.