Player News - Mets

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Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that all went well with Zack Wheeler's (elbow) first full-effort bullpen session.

Collins indicated that the next step for Wheeler will be a live batting practice session which should come early in the week. If he remains on schedule, his first Grapefruit League appearance should come around March 9. He has been brought along slowly this spring after experiencing renewed soreness in his elbow, but it sounds like he's trending in the right direction.
Feb 26 - 4:26 PM

Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 and hit his second homer in three days Sunday in helping push the Mets past the Tigers 5-2.

With Lucas Duda looking iffier by the day, the Mets need to give either Conforto or Jay Bruce reps at first base... they'll probably need one of the two to help cover the position at some point. Conforto is off to a 5-for-7 start this spring. If the playing time is there, he should be an asset in mixed leagues this year.
Feb 26 - 4:23 PM

Chris Flexen was scratched from Sunday's start due to a sore knee.

It's unclear how long the ailment might sideline Flexen. Added to the 40-man roster over the winter, Flexen is slated to begin 2017 back in the minors.
Feb 26 - 11:55 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce took ground balls at first base on Sunday.

Mets manager Terry Collins said prior to spring training that Bruce would likely get some work at the position, and him getting comfortable there suddenly looks more important with Lucas Duda already having more back issues. If Duda should wind up missing significant time this season, the Mets could potentially play Bruce regularly at first base against righties and install Michael Conforto in right field. Bruce has just three games of pro experience at first base.
Feb 26 - 10:03 AM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) will throw his first full-effort bullpen session of the spring on Sunday.

Wheeler has been reined in by the Mets a bit after he felt some soreness in his right elbow during his first bullpen session of the spring. He was initially supposed to throw off a mound on Saturday, but the club pushed him back a day in anticipation of him going full-bore Sunday. "I gave him an extra day to rest because I want him to throw seven or eight balls at 100% tomorrow and I want to be there when he does it," pitching coach Dan Warthen said. "My schedule was pretty full getting guys ready today. I want to make sure I am out there with him when he throws, so I felt it best to just wait a day."
Feb 26 - 9:34 AM

Lucas Duda said Sunday that he doesn't think his back spasms will linger more than a few days.

It's good that he's optimistic, but it's not encouraging that Duda is already having back issues after his back sabotaged his 2016 campaign. He's been given cortisone shots in hopes that it will help speed up the healing process.
Feb 26 - 8:47 AM

X-rays on Kevin Plawecki's left knee came back negative.

Plawecki was involved in a nasty collision at the plate on Saturday, but he managed to escape with only a contusion. He figures to get a couple days off but should ultimately be fine.
Feb 26 - 8:35 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins said he's spoken to Jay Bruce and Neil Walker about getting reps at first base.

Collins has hinted at trying Bruce out at first base but this is the first time he's mentioned using Walker in that capacity. Bruce has made three career starts at first but none since 2014 while Walker has never made a big league appearance at first base. Lucas Duda is out with hip issues and it's unclear how long his injuries will linger. Tinkering with lineups and positions is pretty common this time of year so in all likelihood Collins is just doing his due diligence.
Feb 25 - 4:55 PM

David Wright started at designated hitter and went 0-for-2 against the Nationals on Saturday.

Mets fans were happy just to see him on the field after missing most of the last two seasons with spinal injuries. He is unlikely to play the field until mid-March. He was replaced by Michael Conforto in the sixth inning.
Feb 25 - 4:48 PM

Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-2 with a double against the Nationals on Saturday.

He batted third and played left field. He is fresh off signing a huge new contract following a big 2016 season in which he batted .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI.
Feb 25 - 4:44 PM

Lucas Duda (back) was given cortisone shots in both hips on Friday.

Duda hasn't been on the field since Wednesday because of back spasms, which is obviously concerning since it was his back that sidelined him for a big chunk of last season. The 31-year-old is seemingly always hurt but can be a nice source of power when healthy.
Feb 25 - 4:43 PM

Sean Gilmartin started versus the Nationals on Saturday and allowed one run on one hit in two innings.

He gave up a home run to Bryce Harper in his second inning of work to account for the only blemish on his line. He is unlikely to make the Mets' rotation and will need a sterling spring to earn a spot in the bullpen. He pitched in 14 games for the Mets last year, finishing with a brutal 7.13 ERA in 17 2/3 innings. The left-hander will try to regain his 2015 form in which he put up a 2.67 ERA in 57 1/3 frames.
Feb 25 - 4:39 PM

Kevin Plawecki was forced to leave Saturday's Grapefruit League game after a scary collision at home plate.

Plawecki appeared to be in serious pain afterwards, but early word from the Mets is that it's just a left knee contusion. He'll head for precautionary X-rays to make sure, but it sounds like the Mets avoided a scare here.
Feb 25 - 3:35 PM

Lucas Duda is not in the Mets starting lineup on Saturday due to continued back stiffness.

Duda missed a large portion of the 2016 due to back stiffness and it's a discouraging development that he's continuing to deal with the issue after having an entire offseason to rest and rehab. The 31-year-old hit just .229/.302/.412 with seven homers and 23 RBI in 153 at-bats in 2016. The more time that he misses, the greater the opportunity for Michael Conforto to seize at-bats, either at first base or in right field with Jay Bruce manning first.
Feb 25 - 10:48 AM

David Wright is in the Mets starting lineup as the designated hitter in Saturday's Grapefruit League contest against the Nationals.

Wright won't be ready to play the field until mid-March, so he's limited to DH duties until then. He has been playing catch regularly as he's working to come back from neck surgery while also battling spinal stenosis in his back. The odds of him remaining healthy throughout the 2017 season remain slim.
Feb 25 - 8:42 AM


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