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Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Friday that Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

"He's running out of time," Collins said. "... We don't have a lot of time. I'm going to talk to Dan tomorrow. We don't have a lot of time to get him ready. I got word of what he did today, and we certainly have to speed it up a little bit. So I'm getting a little concerned he's not going to have enough time." General manager Sandy Alderson expressed a similar sentiment, saying it "would be a little surprising" if Murphy made it back "sooner than roughly Opening Day." Alderson added that Murphy is likely to play in minor league games next week even if plays in games at all. That would allow the Mets to backdate his DL stint, potentially setting him up to miss as few as six games.
Mar 27 - 5:40 PM

Matt Harvey surrendered one run over 4 1/3 innings and struck out five Friday versus the Cardinals.

Harvey's velocity was better today after being down a bit last time out, and he had it pretty easy against the Cardinals. He's sporting a 1.45 ERA and a 17/1 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings for the spring.
Mar 27 - 4:47 PM

Jenrry Mejia walked two and gave up a three-run homer in two-thirds of an inning of relief Friday against the Cardinals.

That Bobby Parnell's Tommy John rehab hasn't gone quite as hoped has sent Mejia's stock rising a bit this spring. Hopefully, today's poor showing was just a blip on the radar. He had allowed one run and walked none in his previous six appearances this month.
Mar 27 - 4:44 PM

Jon Niese admitted Thursday to battling fatigue in his left shoulder this spring.

He tweaked his delivery during an intrasquad game Thursday and said the shoulder "actually felt a lot better. I wasn’t fatigued at the end." Niese has dealt with shoulder problems each of the last two seasons and it seems clear at this point that he's probably never going to pitch at 100 percent again. There's been no indication that the shoulder will affect his readiness for Opening Day, but the ailment certainly lowers Niese's ceiling and makes him susceptible to stints on the disabled list.
Mar 27 - 11:08 AM

Daniel Murphy (hamstring) ran Thursday without issue.

He also made it through some light baseball drills on Wednesday. Murphy pulled his hamstring a week ago but seems likely to be fine for the start of the season.
Mar 26 - 3:21 PM

Wilmer Flores (foot) is back in the Mets' Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday afternoon.

And it's a road game. Flores fouled a ball off his foot last Sunday and was left with some bruising and some soreness, but X-rays came back negative and the young shortstop will be fine for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.
Mar 26 - 10:53 AM

Juan Lagares homered, doubled and stole a base as the Mets topped the Yankees 7-2 on Wednesday.

Lagares entered the spring as the Mets' leadoff man, and he's been tearing it up, with a .395 average, eight extra-base hits and four walks in 42 at-bats. Still, there was a report earlier that the Mets might bypass him in favor of Curtis Granderson anyway. Obviously, it shouldn't happen if Lagares keeps playing like this, but there's plenty of history to suggest that Lagares isn't this good.
Mar 25 - 5:24 PM

Rafael Montero allowed one run over four innings and struck out four against the Yankees on Wednesday.

The Mets are still treating Montero as a starter and there's talk about him joining the rotation, even though Terry Collins essentially named Dillon Gee the fifth starter after Zach Wheeler went down. It might be another one of those cases where the front office (Montero) and Collins (Gee) don't see eye to eye. Montero is expected to be on the roster, probably as a middle reliever.
Mar 25 - 5:22 PM

John Mayberry Jr. went 2-for-3 and hit his third homer Wednesday against the Yankees.

Mayberry's homer came off Masahiro Tanaka. He's batting .457 with five extra-base hits and a 5/6 K/BB ratio in 35 at-bats, not that it really matters. With Terry Collins' pronouncement that Lucas Duda would be a full-time player at first base, Mayberry won't even have a platoon role on the Mets. The numbers say he should start every time the Mets face a lefty, preferably over Duda but also over Curtis Granderson if necessary. Collins, though, will simply pick his spots.
Mar 25 - 5:20 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins is still deciding between Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares for the leadoff spot.

For what it's worth, Puma hears that the team's statistical analysis says Granderson should be the leadoff man. And it's hard to disagree from a pure baseball perspective, as Lagares has yet to show the ability to get on base consistently. Still, Lagares would be a heck of a lot more interesting from a fantasy perspective if he's the leadoff man.
Mar 25 - 1:43 PM

Bobby Parnell (elbow) topped out at 92 mph during a minor league game Wednesday.

Parnell, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, threw 17 pitches over one inning of work and mostly sat in the 89-90 mph range. He's still building arm strength and the Mets aren't counting on him to be a part of their Opening Day bullpen, so velocity isn't a big deal at this stage. He could make his way back to the majors in May if all goes according to plan.
Mar 25 - 1:22 PM

Daniel Murphy (hamstring) did limited baseball activities for a second straight day Wednesday and said he's cautiously optimistic about being ready for the season.

"Each day is getting better," said Murphy, who pulled his hamstring last Thursday. As long as he continues to make progress, being in the Opening Day lineup is realistic. The Mets are looking at Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno as alternatives for second base if he needs to start the year on the DL.
Mar 25 - 12:51 PM

Zack Wheeler underwent successful Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday.

Wheeler also had his flexor pronator tendon repaired. He'll miss the entire 2015 season and will likely still be in rehab mode through the first couple of months next season. Dillon Gee is expected to replace him in the Mets' rotation.
Mar 25 - 11:46 AM

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News hears that there's "still conversation" about Rafael Montero earning the fifth starter job.

With Zack Wheeler (elbow) out for the year, Dillon Gee is the heavy favorite for the fifth starter job and certainly didn't hurt his case by tossing four scoreless innings Tuesday, but the Mets are intrigued by Montero's ceiling and he could keep his name in the conversation with a strong performance Wednesday. Still, we expect Gee to begin the year in the rotation and Montero to be in the bullpen.
Mar 25 - 9:52 AM

Dillon Gee held the Astros scoreless for four innings in his start Tuesday.

Gee's pitch count is still a little short of where it might be had he been used as a starter since the beginning of the camp, but he'll be ready to throw 90-100 pitches during the first week of the season. He has a 3.38 ERA in 10 2/3 innings this spring.
Mar 24 - 5:44 PM


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