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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mejia, Murphy, Nieuwenhuis, Puello, Wright, Francisco, Minor League Deals, Prospects

Mets News and Notes:

MLB confirmed the age and identity of Jenrry Mejia and the right-hander has been granted a visa to report to camp, the Mets announced. Mejia should arrive today or Friday.

Daniel Murphy returned to camp Wednesday, after a medical exam in New York. Murphy received a cortisone injection in his right side for a strained intercostal muscle. He was limited to icing his side and riding a stationary bicycle on his first day back.

Collins said Kirk Nieuwenhuis will have the first chance to earn the leadoff role. Nieuwenhuis will bat No. 1 Saturday when the Mets open Grapefruit League play against Strasburg and the Nats.

Outfield prospect Cesar Puello referred questions to the Players’ Association a day after being identified in an “Outside the Lines” report as being linked to the South Florida clinic at the heart of an alleged performance-enhancing drug scandal.

David Wright again stood by his agents, who also represent Puello. The firm has had other clients linked to performance-enhancing drugs, including Melky Cabrera, who allegedly had ties to the same South Florida clinic as Puello.

“I can obviously tell you that they’ve never tried to push me in a direction towards that,” Wright told Marc Carig in Newsday. “They’ve been great to me. I’m extremely happy with them. That’s been my stance the entire time. That’s not going to change.”

Wright told Andy Martino in the Daily News: “If you cheat, I hope you get caught. I don’t care if you’re with the same agency I’m with or not. If you’re a cheater, I hope you get caught, and I hope you get punished.”

Frank Francisco is now scheduled to throw on flat ground Monday for the first time in camp, pitching coach Dan Warthen told the Post. Francisco reported to Port St. Lucie with elbow inflammation.

The Mets signed right-hander Andy Wells and outfielder James Roche. Both players will proceed straight to the minors. They played in the independent Atlantic League last season. Wells played collegiately at Staten Island’s Wagner College, which also produced Andrew Bailey.

Forty-two prospects, including most recent first-round picks Gavin Cecchini and Brandon Nimmo, will be part of the Mets’ “STEP” camp for top full-season minor leaguers beginning Friday at the complex. Other minor leaguers do not report until next month.

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