Good morning Mets fans! Matt Harvey is expected to make his first start of the spring this afternoon against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. It is expected that Harvey will be piggybacked by Zack Wheeler. The game starts at 1:05 p.m., but will not be aired on TV.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Mets were defeated by the Houston Astros by a score of 8-2 at First Data Field.
Steven Matz struggled, as he was tagged for five runs on three hits in one inning of work. He was able to start the second inning, but was removed before recording an out.
Kevin McGowan surrendered two runs in the ninth, but Matz’s rough outing proved to be the killer.
The Mets were held scoreless until the third inning when Jay Bruce drove in a run on a groundout. Bruce also registered a hit in his first Spring game.
Tim Tebow came on as a pinch hitter, but went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in his first spring game.
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Yoenis Cespedes has been out of the lineup the past couple of days due to shoulder soreness. However, Cespedes told the media the soreness is only minor, and it happens every spring in the first couple of weeks when he starts to throw again.
Cespedes says he expects to be back in the lineup on Friday.
deGrom is expected to throw off a mound today and will progress from there. Though it is still early, Mickey Callaway did not commit to deGrom being ready for Opening Day.
MMO’s Rob Piersall breaks down the latest injury news here.
Jay Bruce returned to the lineup as the DH yesterday.
Dominic Smith’s MRI confirmed a strained right quad, he will return to baseball activity gradually.
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This Day in Mets History
1975: Mets purchased Dave Kingman from the San Francisco Giants.
1981: Mets traded Steve Henderson to the Chicago Cubs for Dave Kingman.
2006: Mets signed Pedro Feliciano on February 28, 2006.