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Mets Morning News: deGrom heads to IL, Donnie Stephenson mystery solved

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Meet the Mets

The Mets announced that Jacob deGrom’s MRI came back clean, but the club is planning to place their ace on the injured list with right side tightness. It all goes well, he may only miss one start and could be back on May 21.

The Mets will announce a corresponding move when they officially place him on the injured list later today.

The club has moved Carlos Carrasco’s rehab from Port St. Lucie to New York, which will allow him to work with their medical staff.

While the Mets wait for their dream 1-2-3 punch of deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Carrasco, the club will rely heavily on Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker.

The Mets are built deeper, which can help them withstand deGrom’s absence, but Joel Sherman wonders if the club has escaped its recent past.

The bullpen has been a big strength for the club this year, thanks in large part to Jeurys Familia and Robert Gsellman.

Ken Rosenthal answered the question that was on everybody’s mind: Who is Donnie Stephenson? (Paywall Alert)

The Mets have finalized their 2-year, $50 million insurance policy on Francisco Lindor.

Justin Toscano previewed the pitching matchup for the team’s upcoming series, where the heavy focus will be on Matt Harvey’s return.

John Harper broke down the state of the NL East, fresh with insight from scouts.

The Mets landed three players on the Prospect Team of the Week for the second time in six years.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to sign Mets Legend Tim Tebow to be a Tight End.

The Long Island Ducks have added Former Met T.J. Rivera to the roster. He joins Ty Kelly, Sean Gilmartin, and L.J. Mazzili, as well as manager Wally Backman, as the former Mets who play for the club.

Around the National League East

The Miami Marlins fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2.

The Philadelphia Phillies will need to figure out their road woes if they want to make the postseason.

The Phillies signed Former Met Ryan Cordell.

Marcus Hayes argued that, while Aaron Nola is Philadelphia’s number one starter, he is not an ace.

Philadelphia’s bullpen’s lack of clutch is costing them.

The Atlanta Braves are signing Tanner Roark to a minor league deal.

Atlanta announced some additional roster moves on their off-day.

Following sexual assault allegations, the Washington Nationals have removed F.P. Santangelo from MASN broadcasts.

Around Major League Baseball

Lindsey Adler explored how the new, lighter baseballs have dampened offense this year, as hitters across the league are struggling. (Paywall Alert)

Jeff Passan revealed ESPN’s new project called “The State of Baseball”.

The Seattle Mariners are expected to call up Jarred Kelenic on Thursday.

The Toronto Blue Jays signed Former Met Dilson Herrera.

The Pittsburgh Pirates designated Guy Who Stood Next to Derek Jeter and Little League World Series star Todd Frazier for assignment.

The Cincinnati Reds crushed the Pirates 14-1.

The Baltimore Orioles avoided a sweep by defeating the Boston Red Sox 4-1.

The Los Angels Angeles topped the Houston Astros 5-4.

The San Francisco Giants bested the Texas Rangers 3-1.

If you want to see something adorable, check out a puppy on the baseball field, courtesy of the Pac-12’s Utah Baseball.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Allison McCague brought us the position player and pitcher meters for the week!

Lukas Vlahos covered the news that the team was placing deGrom on the IL.

On Episode 113 of From Complex to Queens, the crew discussed the return of minor league baseball!

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1999, the Mets lost 8-5 to the Colorado Rockies. That might not appear noteworthy, but the game is most remembered for the pitching matchup: Right-hander Bobby J. Jones of the Mets faced lefty Bobby M. Jones of the Rockies. This marked the first time in exactly 100 years where two pitchers of the same name opposed each other.