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Mets Morning News: Mask the Pain

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

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Meet the Mets

It was proven that news can’t stay positive forever as Robert Gsellman is suffering from triceps tightness and his Opening Day status is in jeopardy.

Old Friend Rene Rivera will continue to be Current Friend Rene Rivera as the Mets added the veteran catcher to their 40-man roster.

Shockwaves were sent around the sports world as it was revealed that Mecha-Jed Lowrie will probably not be available for the start of the season.

With a new year, Amed Rosario has a new goal for himself: stealing 30 bases in a full season.

The games might not count, but it’s never too soon to get mad about lineup construction.

Wilson Ramos’ absence from the two exhibition games against the Yankees can be chalked up to an undisclosed personal matter.

Naturally, with no definitive timeline for Ramos’ return, a big wrench has been thrown in the Mets’ catching plans.

Jacob deGrom rips through his teammates almost as easily as he rips through other teams’ batters, so he should be all set and ready to go on Opening Day.

As demolishing baseballs has become old hat for Pete Alonso, he will turn to the art of alchemy in an attempt to render his gloves golden.

Despite some minor bumps in the road, Steve Cohen will almost definitely be approved by the other 29 MLB owners to buy the Mets.

I wish I could tell you that Cespedes fabulously played the outfield and the Yankees let the balls go right to him. I wish I could tell you that, but exhibition baseball is no fairy-tale world.

Around the National League East

Fish Stripes took a fond look back on the tenth anniversary of the day Donnie Murphy became Donnie Bleeping Murphy.

Following a two week period of quarantining, Victor Robles plans on being ready to suit up for the Nationals on Opening Day.

In the first two games of the renewed season, Mike Soroka and Max Fried will take the mound for the Braves as they take on the Mets.

Six days away from the full ten-year MLB pension, Neil Walker is very excited to to make the Phillies’ bench.

Around Major League Baseball

Joel Sherman believes that Alex Rodriguez’s salary cap comments were a prime example of the “The Worst Person You Know Just Made A Great PointPhenomenon.

Despite all of their proclamations that they are doing what is best for the health and safety of their players, MLB is not doing the one thing that would keep everyone the safest: not playing.

With his arm not cooperating as he had hoped, Colin McHugh is opting out of the 2020 season with the Red Sox.

Barred from Canada, the Toronto Blue Jays may have to call Pittsburgh their home in 2020.

Masked and sanitized, Eduardo Rodriguez arrived at Red Sox camp happy to be safe on the other side of COVID-19.

This Date in Mets History

Former Mets owner Nelson Doubleday would have turned 87 today.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Christian Romo previewed the 2020 season of a man that should be on the Mets’ roster, but probably won’t: Ryan Cordell.