Morning Briefing: Happy Harvey Day!

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.

Latest Mets News

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.

Jacob deGrom said he felt soreness in his lower back the other day. He told the media he got it checked out and tests came back fine. deGrom threw yesterday and felt fine.

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.

According to Anthony Dicomo of, The Mets agreed to terms with all 22 of their pre-arbitration players including Michael Conforto and Steven Matz.

Anthony Swarzak will have an MRI today on his left calf injury. He told the media, “I think I’m going to be okay.”

Latest MLB News

Pending a physical, Mike Napoli will be returning to the Cleveland Indians on a minor league deal with a spring training invite.

Chicago White Sox prospect Jake Burger has been diagnosed with a ruptured left Achilles’ tendon. He is expected to miss the entire 2018 season, and will undergo surgery this week.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rays pitching prospect Brent Honeywell underwent surgery this afternoon to repair a torn UCL.

Tim Lincecum has agreed to a deal with the Texas Rangers.

Latest NL East News

The Good Phight writes about how Tommy Joseph considered the idea of playing in Asia in 2018.

Jim Duquette and Matt Diaz of MLB Network Radio talk with Phillies GM Matt Klentak about how important it was for the team to add veteran leaders to their young core this offseason.

Latest on MMO

Check out Mathew Brownstein’s MMO Exclusive with Mets Pitching Prospect Tyler Bashlor.

Roberto Correa discusses the career of Travis d’Arnuad and what to expect in 2018.

Rob Piersall discusses Bobby Ojeda’s comments on the Mets pitching staff.

John Azzato breaks down how first base will shape out for the 2018 Mets.

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.

Brian Bannister turns 37, Tom Spencer turns 67.

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