Morning Briefing: Mets Dealing With First Injury of Camp

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Good morning Mets Fans! Yesterday Alex Rodriguez and a snake made an appearance in Port St. Lucie hanging around Mets players and officials yesterday, but unfortunately so did the injury bug.

Mets new All-Star infielder, Jed Lowrie, whom they signed to a two-year deal worth $20 million this offseason, is dealing with left knee soreness and will go for an MRI says Manager, Mickey Callaway. While it is initially unknown how serious this injury is, the team is not concerned that this will be something long-term, says Matt Ehalt of Northjersey.com.

Regardless, they are going to play it safe with Lowrie in order to be sure he is ready for the regular season at the end of next month and the club has targeted 40 at-bats for him this spring.

Ehalt also noted that Lowrie mentioned he started to feel pain in the back of his knee once he began “speeding things up.” At the moment, it is too early to panic, as we can only hope these precautionary measures pay off and this injury does not wind up becoming a lingering issue for Lowrie and the Mets.

Now let’s take a look below at what else went on surrounding the team, along with the rest of the league yesterday!

Latest Mets News

A-Rod shows up to Mets Camp for a “Walk and Talk” ESPN interview with GM, Brodie Van Wagenen, writes Matthew Cerrone of SNY.

Noah Syndergaard says he is counting on himself in free agency and also comments on the Machado deal, as Tim Britton of The Athletic writes.

Jacob DeGrom addressed Luis Severino‘s criticism of his contract situation.

Peter Alonso faced off against Syndergaard yesterday and afterwards commented on the Mets pitching staff, along with going up against DeGrom early on in camp, as well, tweets Ehalt.

Callaway praises Michael Conforto‘s offensive game, anointing him as “one of the best left-handed hitters in baseball.”

Mets new closer, Edwin Diaz says he’s happy to be here and “ready to go.”

The Mets manager also calls Robinson Cano a “baseball genius” in an interview with Gary Apple of SNY.

Former team employee, Jennifer Wolf has taken a life skills position with the Cleveland Indians, says Jacob Resnick of MMO.

Latest MLB News 

Buster Onley of ESPN and Scott Miller of Bleacher Report discuss how the market will be effected in the aftermath of the Machado deal, along with what it means for Bryce Harper.

Miller also wrote about, Seattle Mariners infielder, Dee Gordon, who recently opened up about his Mom losing her life to domestic violence when he was a kid.

Yankees shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki spoke on the similar double heel procedure he had done that Mets outfielder, Yoenis Cespedes recently received “it’s not easy to come back from,” per David Lennon of Newsday.

White Sox are officially OUT on Harper says Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, Harper has allegedly turned down multiple $300 million offers, Washington Nationals are still involved.

As Heyman also noted, once Harper makes his decision, the Phillies will reportedly shift their focus to signing either Dallas Keuchel or Craig Kimbrel, regardless of whether they land the superstar or not.

The Cleveland Indians added reliever, Tyler Clippard on a minor league deal, per Heyman.

According to Rosenthal, the Detroit Tigers have signed versatile utility man, Josh Harrison to a one-year deal.

White Sox GM, Rick Hahn was asked about extending first basemen, Jose Abreu in season, per Scott Merkin of MLB.com.

Cincinnatti Reds star second basemen, Scooter Gennett is unhappy with lack of extension talks.

NL East News

Phillies outfielder, Odubel Herrera reportedly re-aggravated a hamstring injury today, which he suffered a few weeks ago in work outs, says Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports.

Washington Nationals third basemen, Anthony Rendon is not putting a deadline on discussions of a long term deal.

Latest at MMO

Josh Finklestein examined Jason Vargas‘ second spring training with the team.

Christopher Soto looks at MMO’s No. 4 ranked prospect, Mark Vientos.

Mike the Roto Cop interviews Mets new pitcher, Zack Jones.

Finklestein also proclaimed, J.D Davis as his player to watch this season.

Wednesday’s photos from camp provided by site photographer, Ed Delany.

On This Day In Mets History 

1998: Mets signed free agent outfielder, Joe Orsulak.

2002: Acquired Kane Davis via trade from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Corey Brittan.

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