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Mets Morning News: Mets trim roster further, Steven Matz rebounds on the mound

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

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Meet the Mets

After a terrible first inning, Steven Matz put together a solid outing and is still in the running to claim the final rotation spot.

David Wright had another setback but still refuses to give up the hope of one day returning.

Yoenis Cespedes’s wrist required a cortisone shot and it is a little concerning that he is already missing games.

Chris Flexen led the second round of cuts from big league camp.

The NL East might not be the strongest division out there, but there are plenty of impact players that play within the division.

Neil Walker could not work out an extension with the Mets last season but his job now is to help the Yankees even if it is for far less money.

Around the National League East

The Bravesoffense was sparked by Preston Tucker in their win over the Phillies.

Marlins’ third baseman Martin Prado won’t be ready for Opening Day as he continues to recover from surgery.

Buster Olney believes that Bryce Harper could eventually wind up in Philadelphia.

The Nationals’ bullpen was a glaring weakness in the beginning of last season but that is no longer the case.

Around Major League Baseball

Minor League Baseball announced a major rule change aimed at shortening games. Extra innings will now begin with a runner on second base.

Zack Greinke left his scheduled start early with groin tightness but the departure was only precautionary.

Aaron Judge avoided discipline from the league when he joked with Orioles’ star Manny Machado about joining the Yankees.

Tigers’ slugger Miguel Cabrera is finally healthy and ready to rebound from last year’s subpar season.

Seattle has already been bitten by the injury bug and both Ichiro Suzuki and Jean Segura could be added to the growing list of injured Mariners.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Joshua Tessler offered some fantasy baseball advice and what Mets might help you along the way to fantasy victory.

David Capobianco wrote about the Cespedes injury.

Steve Sypa previewed Corey Oswalt’s season.

This Date in Mets History

The new Wilpon-Doubleday ownership group made pitcher Craig Swan the highest paid player in Mets history on this date in 1980.