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Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was seen fielding ground balls this morning in Port St. Lucie. It is another step forward for Cabrera as he returns from his knee injury. It is becoming increasingly likely that Cabrera will be in the lineup Opening Night for the Mets.
Terry Collins stated this morning that Noah Syndergaard may pitch in the second game of the season against the Royals, although it may be in a relief role. However this is all dependent on whether Jacob deGrom is with the team or on paternity leave during the first series of the season. With the Mets only having two games, the first five days of the season, it would make sense to have Matz and Syndergaard pitch in relief roles, so they are not sitting idle.
ESPN New York Adam Rubin is reporting that the Travis d’Arnaud/Kevin Plawecki first base experiment is all but over. Neither player has gotten a chance to get any game action at first or much practice time. It has been reported by Rubin that former Mets first baseman and SNY analyst, Keith Hernandez spent time with Wilmer Flores yesterday afternoon working at first base.
The Mets have announced that Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz will be the starters for the exhibition games against the Chicago Cubs in Las Vegas on March 31 and April 1. deGrom will pitch the 31st, with Matz following the day after.
Mookie Wilson will arrive in camp today to work with the team through March 25.