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Mets Morning News: Robert Gsellman makes strong first impression

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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

Robert Gsellman pitched well in his first outing of the spring due in large part to the return of his sinker. After undergoing physical therapy in the offseason, the righty believes that the sinker will once again become a successful pitch for him.

Rafael Montero is getting yet another chance with the club and looked impressive in his first appearance of 2018, but can he replicate that success once the season begins?

Jeurys Familia also pitched a scoreless inning in his appearance and the closer hopes to return to his dominant form now that he is healthy.

The top starters, aside from Jacob deGrom, will make their debuts this week starting with Noah Syndergaard today.

The first weird injury of the season goes to Tim Tebow who suffered a sprained ankle when he tripped over a sprinkler in the outfield.

Unfortunately, Dominic Smith’s quad tightness could be a little more serious and he will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.

The injuries are again concerning, but a healthy Yoenis Cespedes reminded everyone just how awesome he can be with one might swing of the bat.

Manager Mickey Callaway went out of his way to chat with some fans this weekend and is already developing a rapport with the fanbase.

Around the National League East

Dansby Swanson hit a home run but the Braves still fell to the Nationals 9-3.

Not much went right for the Marlins against the Mets but there were a couple bright spots.

It has only been a couple of games, but Danny Ortiz has looked impressive in Phillies’ camp.

Max Scherzer was good in his spring debut against the Braves. The Nationals’ biggest acquisition this offseason could be Kevin Long.

Around Major League Baseball

The Twins have reportedly signed Logan Morrison to a one-year deal worth $6.5 million.

The Red Sox are expected to finally announce the signing of J.D. Martinez which will allow them to keep pace with the Yankees.

The Yankees are not interested in signing free agents Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb.

If Major League Baseball wants to fix the pace of play problem, then they should ask for players’ input instead of trying to fix it themselves.

Gift Ngoepe attended one of Curtis Granderson’s baseball clinics in South Africa and later became the first African-born player to play in the majors. Now the two are teammates on the Blue Jays.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Joshua Tessler previewed Asdrubal Cabrera’s season.

Chris McShane wrote about Dominic Smith’s injury and Aaron Yorke covered the Tebow injury.

This Date in Mets History

Happy Birthday Kevin Plawecki and Jose Reyes!