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Mets 2017 Season Preview: Will the Mets stay healthy? First player on the DL?

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Mar 4, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) looks on from the dugout before a spring training game against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) looks on from the dugout before a spring training game against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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Michael Lecolant, Staff Writer

David Wright withstanding, I can’t help but ponder with humor and a touch of sarcasm which Mets player might possibly wind up on the disabled list first.

The easiest starting point would be Travis d’Arnaud.  Lets face it, seems as if it weren’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all.  His history of injury almost makes me wonder what will happen next — a piano falling out of the sky?

Then there’s Lucas Duda who has been spending increasingly more time on the DL as the years go by.  In an article last spring, I questioned whether he was still California Dreaming at he plate?  Then he went down with a back injury.  For me, that places a big question mark next to anyone’s name.

Next on my list would be Steven Matz.  He needs to display a measure of durability.  He strikes me as someone we need to cross our fingers and hope for the best.  It won’t surprise me if he breaks down before the dog days of summer.

I’m also curious to see how Jeurys Familia‘s arm responds to winter ball, spring training, the World Baseball Classic, sitting out a suspension, then amping it up again once called back to active duty.  That’s somewhat of a cruel trick to play on a pitcher’s muscle memory.

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My fifth and final possibility would be Noah Syndergaard.  I’m somewhat concerned about him adding weight and bulking up, wanting to throw even harder, and already hitting 99mph on the gun so early in spring training.  Thor has never experienced Tommy John surgery, and just might be feeling a little too invincible for his own good.  Muscles are one thing, but tendons and ligaments are another.

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