Elite Sports NY has the daily news on the New York Mets for April 1, including bullpen decisions and more injuries before Opening Day.
Steven Matz‘s MRI reported no issues, but he will be shutdown for the next three weeks. At that point he will start a throwing program at extended spring training and could ultimately be out for six to eight weeks. The New York Daily News has the coverage here.
Although the status of Juan Lagares‘s oblique injury showed improvement, the team decided to play it safe and have him start the season on the 10 day DL, along with Brandon Nimmo (hamstring) and David Wright (shoulder). To take Lagares‘ spot Michael Conforto has officially made the team.
Seth Lugo, who is in competition with Rafael Montero for the final bullpen spot, has been diagnosed with a dead arm. He was scheduled to throw on Friday, with the final bullpen spot decision expected to be made on Saturday.
With the Mets‘ final spring tune up against the Army Black Knights officially washed out, the organization scheduled a late morning state of the team press conference with Terry Collins. The team’s skipper, entering his seventh season at the helm, confirmed several final roster rumors that had surfaced in recent days.