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Mets Morning News: Carlos Carrasco is dealing with soreness, Francisco Lindor makes a charitable donation

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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

Carlos Carrasco is dealing with soreness from the COVID-19 vaccine as well as soreness in his elbow but manager Luis Rojas isn’t too concerned about it and no MRI is scheduled.

Since he will be shut down for a few days, Carrasco could miss the start of the season which means the team will have to turn to one of their depth signings when the season gets underway.

Francisco Lindor gave back to his middle school in Florida and donated $1 million dollars for a new building that will serve over 200 students, as well as a scholarship program that will provide financial assistance to prospective students.

The Mets were willing to give Trevor Bauer $40 million a year, but will they be willing to do the same for Lindor?

The team had some fun in practice when they were able to go 27 outs without making an error and the celebration was on.

Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil had their contracts renewed after they didn’t agree with their salaries but had little recourse since they are not arbitration eligible.

Marcus Stroman unveiled a new pitch this spring and it could take his pitching to another level.

The Mets have some questions facing them that they will need to have answered by the time Opening Day rolls around.

Prospect Ronny Mauricio has learned quite a bit from both JD Davis and Francisco Lindor in camp, and despite playing shortstop he still hopes to make the majors one day no matter what happens with Lindor.

Around the National League East

Who has the best bullpen in the NL East?

Max Fried had a solid start for the Braves but they fell to the Red Sox in a 5-3 loss.

The Marlins will be unleashing a drone to disinfect and clean the ballpark after games this season.

If Andrew McCutchen stays healthy for the Phillies, he gives them a deep bench that could help turn things around from their disappointing 2020 season.

Stephen Strasburg also hopes to return healthy, and offer a huge boost to a much-improved Nationals’ rotation.

Around Major League Baseball

Despite an ongoing pandemic, the Texas Rangers announced that they are allowing a full capacity of fans at the ballpark for Opening Day.

Velocity isn’t everything but it can play a huge role in the effectiveness of a fastball, so which teams are the best at developing and bringing the heat?

Astros prospect Forrest Whitley will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2021 season.

Yankees’ reliever Zack Britton discussed his diagnosis and need for elbow surgery as well as his battle with COVID-19 which caused him to lose 18 pounds.

Red Sox fan Dan Kelly became famous in 2007 after throwing his pizza at another fan at Fenway Park, and he is once again telling the story behind “Here comes the pizza.”

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

David Capobianco wrote the season preview for Mallex Smith and Thomas Henderson previewed the upcoming season for Pete Crow-Armstrong.

On Episode 75 of A Pod of Their Own, the Taijuan Walker signing, possible extensions, and Kevin Mather spilling the beans at a rotary club meeting were all discussed.