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Mets Morning News: Michael Conforto continues to progress, Jacob deGrom ready to go

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

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Meet the Mets

Michael Conforto blasted two home runs off a pair of lefties during a minor-league scrimmage.

Jacob deGrom also got a tune-up against the minor leaguers so he will be ready to go when the season begins.

The Mets are still banking on their super rotation which is great in theory, but the rest of the league has shied away from going that route.

The dream rotation could still be in jeopardy as Zack Wheeler’s last performance on the mound didn’t alleviate concerns from the Mets’ brass.

Intrigue still surrounds Matt Harvey and what he can bring to the table and if he can return to the pitcher he once was.

The rotation isn’t the only area facing questions as Opening Day draws closer.

Dominic Smith has had a disappointing camp to say the least, but he hopes to eventually put it behind him and come back stronger.

Now that Smith and Amed Rosario have made their debuts, who are the next prospects to keep an eye on?

The farm system as a whole does not rank that high when compared with other teams around the league.

Prospect Anthony Kay sat down for a Q & A to talk about his return from Tommy John surgery.

Luis Guillorme’s defensive skills can be traced back to a carjacking incident that happened to his family in Venezuela.

Fish Stripes wrote up a very detailed preview of the Mets.

One area of Citi Field will have a new look come Opening Day and is available for group outings.

Around the National League East

Johan Camargo strained his side and back last week, and will begin the season on the disabled list for Atlanta.

Hoby Milner has a good chance of making the Phillies’ bullpen, but can he repeat the success he found last season?

Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals were not great in their loss to the Astros. Daniel Murphy will start the season on the disabled list as he works his way back from knee surgery.

Around Major League Baseball

Mariners reliever David Phelps was diagnosed with a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Seattle claimed pitcher Dario Alvarez off waivers from the Cubs.

Steven Souza Jr. injured his shoulder attempting to make a diving catch for the Diamondbacks.

Zack Greinke is still in line to make his first start of the season despite sustaining a minor injury to his groin.

The Hall of Fame announced that Jim Thome’s plaque will have a “C” on the cap and not Chief Wahoo.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa previewed Ty Bashlor’s season.

Brian Salvatore believes Dominic Smith has some work to do in his season preview.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets defeated the Yankees on this date in 1962. This was the first time the new franchise faced its crosstown rivals in a spring training game and the Mets picked up the win on a walk-off single.