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Mets Morning News: J.D. Davis avoids serious injury, Noah Syndergaard stellar in spring debut

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

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Meet the Mets

J.D. Davis and the Mets got good news when a MRI showed no new damage to his shoulder after he injured it diving for a ball. It did reveal an older injury that was not bothering the 26-year-old and he is still on track to start rehabbing immediately.

Brandon Nimmo was a late scratch from the lineup after he was sent for additional testing by the team cardiologist.

Noah Syndergaard’s spring debut was a successful one which was helped by the work he has done so far in camp. He was pleased with his slider which he felt was close to where it should be velocity-wise.

Edwin Diaz’s debut was less successful but other than some anxiousness he said afterward he felt good on the mound.

The Mets were taking on the Astros, and the home crowd roundly booed George Springer when he came up to bat.

Mike Piazza visited camp and while he said he will not be buying the team, he believes that the Wilpons will find the right people to sell to.

Since he was born in the Philippines, Tim Tebow will be playing as a member of their national team in the World Baseball Classic qualifiers.

If you are planning a trip to Cooperstown this year, they are exhibiting nine artifacts from each franchise and the Mets’ nine span their entire history.

Around the National League East

After being scratched from the lineup earlier in the week, the Braves expect Freddie Freeman to get into games soon. The Atlanta Braves tend to be frugal when it comes to spending on free agents but they have plenty of money.

Marlins Park will be hosting some of the World Baseball Classic games in 2021.

Could the Phillies be a match if the Yankees are in the market for starting pitching? Zach Eflin is more confident this spring and has noticed a change in the baseballs from last season.

The Nationals played a sloppy, rain-shortened game against the Yankees.

Around Major League Baseball

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton suffered a calf strain and could open the season on the injured list.

Major League Baseball will be cracking down on pitchers using banned substances on the mound this year. That edict could stem from Trevor Bauer’s accusations against Houston pitchers allegedly using foreign substances to increase spin rates.

Minor league players will be getting a small boost in pay next season, but it is still not nearly enough to be a livable wage.

A few stars struggled last season and they could be primed for bounce back seasons.

The Angels will be taking it slow with putting Shohei Ohtani back into the rotation and once he does return he will pitch once a week instead of once every five days.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 39 of A Pod of Their Own, Kellyanne Healey joined the show to discuss the book Baseball Maverick.

John Trupin covered the J.D. Davis injury update.

This Date in Mets History

Happy birthday to the sacrifice fly which was first adopted as a rule on this date in 1908.