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Mets Morning News: Where will Wheeler open the season?

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

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Meet the Mets

After another rough outing for Zack Wheeler and another solid showing for Seth Lugo, Mickey Callaway has tough decisions to make regarding where each will open the season.

While Wilmer Flores’ position in the field could vary, Callaway says the 26-year-old will find his way into the lineup regularly.

Jason Vargas threw on Thursday, days ahead of schedule, but don’t expect him to be ready to go by Opening Day.

On Thursday, a day after mashing a pair of home runs in a simulated game, Michael Conforto hit for the cycle and played seven innings in center field in a minor league game.

Lil’ Sweet Chick’s fried chicken and waffles is among the new food offerings at Citi Field, perfect for eating away the stress of an injury-ravaged lineup.

Around the National League East

Lucas Sims, a first-round pick in 2012, got rocked in a spring training start for the Braves, surrendering eight runs in three frames.

Joe Dunand, nephew of Alex Rodriguez, could be the face of the Marlins’ next winning team.

Expect to see a healthy dose of curveballs in the Mets’ 19 matchups with the Phillies.

The NationalsDaniel Murphy won’t make it back from knee surgery in time for Opening Day.

Around Major League Baseball

Congress and MLB are working hard to make sure minor leaguers can’t earn minimum wage.

Fangraphs unveiled their positional power rankings for left field and right field.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Rafael Montero is probably out for the season after tearing his UCL. He appears bound for Tommy John surgery.

The news came just hours after Nicholas Schreiber argued Montero and Hansel Robles should be left off the Opening Day roster.

After an impressive past two days, Conforto is to make his 2018 Grapefruit League debut today.

Brian Salvatore wondered how valuable Jose Reyes will be as a bench player.

This Date in Mets History

Following a 13-year, 1,322-game tenure, the Mets traded shortstop Bud Harrelson to the Phillies for Fred Andrews and $50,000 in 1978.