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Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 4-for-4 as the Mets defeated the Braves 8-2 on Wednesday.

Nieuwenhuis is probably going to be the Mets' fourth outfielder, and with his defense, he could be an asset in that role for a long time. It'll be interesting to see how Terry Collins divvies up playing time between he and John Mayberry Jr. when Michael Cuddyer inevitably gets hurt. If Nieuwenhuis gets the call against right-handers, he should have a little value in NL-only fantasy leagues over the course of the year.
Mar 4 - 5:12 PM

Dillon Gee yielded two runs in two innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Braves.

Gee allowed two hits, walked two and struck out none. He needs to impress other teams this spring if he's going to land a rotation spot, because it's only happening with the Mets if someone gets hurt. Today's performance doesn't seem like a very good start.
Mar 4 - 5:08 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters that Wilmer Flores (wrist, hand) is "fine."

Flores was lifted from Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves after taking a pitch off his lower left arm. MLB.com's Anthony DiComo says there appeared to be "nothing lingering" from the HBP.
Mar 4 - 4:24 PM

Wilmer Flores left Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves after he was hit in the wrist area by a pitch.

The severity of the injury isn't yet known, but Mets manager Terry Collins clearly didn't want to take any chances. The Mets should pass along an update soon. Ruben Tejada and Matt Reynolds are the backup options at shortstop if Flores needs to miss significant time.
Mar 4 - 2:28 PM

Lucas Duda (oblique) is expected to swing a bat Wednesday.

Duda hasn't swung a bat in three weeks due to a minor oblique strain. He received a cortisone shot to deal with the injury and he should have plenty of time to get ready for the season if there are no setbacks.
Mar 4 - 8:30 AM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said "it's fair to say" that the Mets have had little to no trade talk involving Dillon Gee.

A recent rumor indicated that the Rangers were considering Gee. The right-hander has been pushed out of the Mets' starting rotation with the return of Matt Harvey, so he'll operate as a swingman, pitching initially out of the bullpen. Gee, who can become a free agent after the 2016 season, should continue to find his name in trade rumors throughout the season.
Mar 3 - 10:25 AM

Matt Harvey (elbow) is likely to make his regular season debut on April 9 in Washington against the Nationals, the third game of the regular season, according to Kevin Kernan of the New York Daily News.

Harvey should also be good to go for his next turn on April 14 at home against the Phillies, Kernan added. The right-hander is nearly fully recovered from his October 2013 Tommy John surgery. Expect the Mets to take their foot off the gas with Harvey often throughout the season. Innings aside, though, the sky remains the limit for the talented youngster, who finished the 2013 season with a 2.27 ERA and 191/31 K/BB ratio in 178 1/3 innings, good enough for fourth in NL Cy Young Award balloting.
Mar 3 - 8:22 AM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that "some in the game believe" the Rangers "may make a push" to acquire Dillon Gee.

The Rangers have been connected to Gee as far back as the Winter Meetings, though they've traded for Yovani Gallardo, Ross Detwiler and Anthony Ranaudo since then. Cotillo notes that it's "unclear if the sides are in active discussions." He also reports that "one scenario that is being thrown about in baseball circles" is a deal that would send Gee and "some additional pieces" to Texas for Jurickson Profar. It's hard to see that one having any legs, but it's certainly interesting and worth noting.
Mar 2 - 10:38 PM

Juan Lagares (elbow) is due to make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Braves.

Lagares had to be shut down early last season due to a sprained right elbow and the Mets reportedly have concerns that the injury might pop back up in 2015. But everything looks fine for now. The 25-year-old center fielder is a .262/.302/.368 hitter in 237 major league games.
Mar 2 - 3:54 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Lucas Duda (oblique) is scheduled to begin hitting off a tee this week.

If all goes well, he'll advance to taking live batting practice the following week. The 29-year-old slugger has been dealing with a minor oblique issue for the past month or so and the team being sure to be cautious in his recovery. Duda is coming off a breakout season where he slashed .253/.349/.481 with 30 homers and 92 RBI in 153 games.
Mar 1 - 4:24 PM

Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger reports that the Mets have concerns that Juan Lagares' right elbow "will be bothersome" this season.

Lagares was shut down with a couple weeks left in last season due to a sprain in the elbow. He didn't require surgery, but apparently a winter of rest hasn't totally alleviated concerns. The Mets will monitor Lagares' elbow closely in hopes of keeping the ailment under control.
Mar 1 - 1:30 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins indicated on Sunday that he's leaning towards playing Curtis Granderson in right field this season.

That would put Michael Cuddyer in left field -- a position where he's made only three starts at the major league level. The reason that he's played so little at the position is because he's deaf in his left ear, but that's apparently not a major concern for the Mets. The players will split time in right field this spring before Collins makes an official decision.
Mar 1 - 1:13 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that he's deciding between Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom for his Opening Day starter.

A report on Friday indicated that Colon was the favorite, but Collins isn't tipping his hand. "You’ve got a guy who won 15 games last year, one who pitched really well in the second half and the Rookie of the Year," Collins said. "We’ll have to see." The Mets will also feature Matt Harvey and Jon Niese in what should be a formidable rotation.
Mar 1 - 10:11 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins admitted Saturday that Juan Lagares is the team's preferred leadoff hitter.

That's predicated on Lagares proving that he can handle the role this spring. The 25-year-old is a career .265/.315/.357 hitter in 185 at-bats out of the leadoff spot. Curtis Granderson has also been mentioned as a possible candidate to hit atop the Mets lineup, and may get the job if Lagares struggles during Grapefruit League play.
Feb 28 - 11:40 AM

Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Mets are "strongly considering" Bartolo Colon for their Opening Day start against the Nationals.

Rubin says the club has narrowed their choices to Colon and one other unnamed pitcher. The Mets have said that Matt Harvey (elbow) will start one of the first five games of the season, but it would be asking a lot to give him the ball on Opening Day in his first start in over 17 months. Reigning National League Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom is another option, but the Mets are likely to keep his innings at least relatively in check. Colon, who will turn 42 in May, would be the oldest Opening Day starter in Mets history.
Feb 27 - 10:11 AM


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