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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Morning briefing: Harvey's turn

By Matt Ehalt

FIRST PITCH: After a day off, the Mets are back at it Tuesday as Matt Harvey makes his first start of the year. Harvey, who went 3-5 last season after joining the team in July, has yet to win at Citi Field. He'll oppose southpaw Clayton Richard.

Wednesday's news reports:

Johan Santana underwent surgery to repair a the tear in the capsule in the front of his left shoulder. Santana will miss the season, the second time in three years he'll be sidelined for an entire season. The Mets still owe Santana $31 million. Read more in Newsday and the Star-Ledger.

• Shawn Marcum did not pitch Tuesday due to neck pain and won't be ready to come off the disabled list Sunday. That means the Mets will be searching for a starter when they host the Marlins. Read more in Newsday, the Star-Ledger, the Daily News and the Post.

• The Star-Ledger writes about how new Mets catcher John Buck is earning rave reviews. Buck was one of the additional pieces the Mets received from Toronto when they traded R.A. Dickey this offseason to the Blue Jays.

• As Dillon Gee's season was cut short last year after a blood clot was discovered, the starting pitcher and his family were worried about his brother, Jared, who battled leukemia, writes the Daily News.

David Wright received an autograph copy of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin's new book, as well as a hand-written note from Big Blue's leader, writes the Post.

• The Met outfield had a great Opening Day, headlined by Collin Cowgill's grand slam, but it's going to have to prove it can get it done over the course of the season, writes the Wall Street Journal.

• Teddy Mitrosilis, a teammate of Harvey's for one season at North Carolina, writes about the starter's intensity and his journey to the major leagues.

• The New York Observer takes a look back at Jimmy Breslin's "Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?", a book about the Mets' first season in 1962.

From the Bloggers ... The Eddie Kranepool Society looks back at Opening Day ... Mets Police talks with Howie Rose about Johan Santana ... Faith and Fear in Flushing writes that Collin Cowgill saved a kid's fandom, at least for one day.

BIRTHDAYS: Steve Soderstrom, a Mets 15th-round pick in 1990 who didn't sign, turns 41.

YOU'RE UP: Who should the Mets use to replace Shawn Marcum in the starting rotation: Zack Wheeler, Aaron Laffey, Collin McHugh or someone else?