Morning Briefing: Matt Harvey Looks to Build off Strong First Start

Good morning Mets fans! The Mets will again try to win their first game of March at home against the Detroit Tigers. Matt Harvey hopes to build off an encouraging first start. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. and will be aired on SNY.

Yesterday, the Mets were defeated by the Washington Nationals by a score of 7-3. Steven Matz struggled again in his second start, as he failed to make it out of the first inning. Matz was missing spots badly and walked a pair as he allowed five runs on four hits.

In the competition for the second lefty spot, both Matt Purke and P.J. Conlon pitched well. Matt Purke retired two righties on grounders before striking out Trea Turner with a 1-2 slider in the dirt to end a spotless sixth inning. Conlon turned in three scoreless innings of long relief.

After falling behind 0-2 and working the count full, Jay Bruce launched a solo home run, his first of the spring, in the bottom of the first. Todd Frazier followed suit a few innings later, lacing a slider over the left field wall, for his first homer of the spring as well.

Adrian Gonzalez continues to struggle, going hitless in four at-bats. He is now hitting just .133 with a .321 OPS in 16 spring at-bats.

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Postgame yesterday, Mickey Callaway told the media he is “not worried” about Matz.

Matz told reporters “It is frustrating. I feel really healthy and able to get a lot of work in between starts. Even though it’s spring training, you want to see results.”

Jacob deGrom threw about a 40 pitch bullpen session yesterday. He is expected to throw a simulated game on Tuesday.

On deGrom’s availability for Opening Day, pitching coach Dave Eiland said “With Jacob deGrom, we will not make an exception. That’s stupid. We’re not going to be careless just so he can pitch Opening Day.”

According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, the Mets are quietly thinking Michael Conforto could return earlier than originally anticipated.

Amed Rosario’s knee tweak is nothing more than an irritation, and he is day-to-day. He hit and threw today, and told Matt Ehalt of NJ.com he is feeling much better.

Dominic Smith, working his way back from a strained quad, took batting practice yesterday.

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The Chicago White Sox and LHP Robbie Ross have agreed on a minor league deal with a spring training invite.

The Oakland Athletics have designated Brandon Moss for assignment to make room for LHP Jairo Labourt who has been claimed off waivers from the Tigers.

Latest NL East News

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Washington Nationals have shown interest in catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

The Atlanta Braves have optioned right-handed pitchers Jason Hursh and Akeel Morris to Triple-A Gwinnett and reassigned RHP Kyle Wright to minor-league camp.

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