New York Mets Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.
Impact: Hitting leadoff in this one, Cabrera went yard for the first time this spring, taking O's reliever Donnie Hart deep in the eighth inning. Mets manager Mickey Callaway hasn't tipped his hand yet with regard to who will hit at the top of the lineup, but the veteran infielder certainly didn't hurt his chances of winning the job with this performance.
News: DeGrom tossed five scoreless innings in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles, allowing only one hit and striking out eight.
Impact: He's only been able to make two starts this spring due to back stiffness, but deGrom's made them count, racking up a 12:1 K:BB through 7.2 innings. The right-hander is coming off his first career 200-inning campaign, as well as career highs in wins and strikeouts, and it looks like he'll be fully healthy and ready to go by Opening Day.
News: Montero is out of minor-league options but hasn't pitched well enough this spring to guarantee himself a spot in the Mets' bullpen for Opening Day, Oliver Macklin of reports.
Impact: The 26-year-old has always had a live arm, but control and command issues have prevented him from having any sustained big-league success no matter how he's been used. Those struggles have continued this spring, as Montero has posted a 7:5 K:BB through six innings along with a bloated 10.50 ERA and 2.33 WHIP. The club would need to pass him through waivers to send him to the minors, but he isn't giving the Mets much choice with his performance in camp.
News: Smith (quad) still has enough discomfort to prevent him from running and is unsure if he will be able to play in a game before the end of spring training, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Impact: He essentially has no chance to break camp in the big leagues, so look for him to spend the first month or two of the season knocking any rust off and working on improving his conditioning at Triple-A. Adrian Gonzalez will start at first base for the Mets against righties, while Wilmer Flores and Todd Frazier also serve as options there early in the season.
News: Vargas was sent for a follow-up CT scan Saturday after X-rays were negative on his right hand, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Impact: He was hit by a comebacker on his glove hand, and while X-rays suggest it is just a bruise, the Mets gave him another exam to get more clarity. So far it doesn't sound as though Vargas' status for the start of the season is in doubt, but it will be worth monitoring until he is able to get back in game action.
News: Cespedes (wrist) will get at-bats in a minor-league game Saturday, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
Impact: He expects to get into the lineup for a big-league game Monday, so it sounds like Cespedes' wrist is almost back to normal. Meanwhile, Michael Conforto (shoulder) has also been playing on the minor-league side, and is on track to beat his initial May 1 timetable, so the Mets will soon have a pretty crowded outfield. Cespedes should obviously be in the lineup most days when healthy.
News: Conforto (shoulder) hopes to return before his expected return date of May 1, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Conforto is recovering from September surgery on his left shoulder. He played in a minor-league game Friday, his first game of any kind since the surgery. He's feeling good and hopes to return early, though the team is remaining cautious and not counting on him being back before the start of May.
News: Vargas's X-ray on his glove hand was negative Friday, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Vargas was hit in his glove hand by a comebacker in a minor-league game on Friday. He did not break a bone and is considered day-to-day. He should be fine by Opening Day.
News: Vargas received X-rays on his glove hand after being hit by a comebacker in a minor-league game Friday, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Vargas appears to be a lock for a rotation spot, though the Mets' injury bug may have bitten him in an unusual way. It's not clear how long Vargas would be out if he broke a bone on his non-throwing hand, but that seems to be a worst-case scenario at this point.
News: Cespedes (wrist) expects to play Monday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Impact: Cespedes was scratched from Tuesday's game against the Astros with wrist soreness. Whil his X-rays came back negative, he received a cortisone shot Wednesday and has yet to resume hitting or throwing. His status for Opening Day is uncertain, and there's some chance this issue lingers and affects his power. It will be important to see how his wrist reacts upon his return to the lineup.