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Friday, March 08, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mejia, Murphy, Nieuwenhuis, Turner

Mets News and Notes:

Jenrry Mejia, who was dispatched to New York for additional testing after an initial physical raised a thyroid issue, has been cleared to resume baseball, Terry Collins said.

“Mejia is fine,” the manager added. “He’ll be back tomorrow, ready to go -- no limitations.”

Also on the injury front:

Daniel Murphy (intercostal strain on right side) is nearing a return to game action. Murphy should be facing live pitching, at least from a coach, in a cage Friday for the first time since receiving a cortisone shot on Feb. 19.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis (bruised knee) ran on an underwater treadmill Thursday.

“His flexibility is getting better,” Collins said. “The swelling is gone down.”

Said Nieuwenhuis: "It's gotten better every single day."

Justin Turner entered the game against the Miami Marlins in left field in place of Lucas Duda in the top of the fifth. He logged two innings there before relocating to first base.

Turner last played in the outfield in 2006, in his first professional season, in Billings, Montana. He logged four games apiece in left field and right field that season.

Terry Collins said he would be more inclined to use Turner in the outfield on a double-switch late in a game, such as after using him as a pinch-hitter, than actually starting him.

“I don’t know if I’ll start him in a game in the outfield. I may,” Collins said. “It would be if you’ve got to make a double-switch, his ability to play all those positions. And now you’ve got his bat in the lineup and you don’t have to put him in and take him out because he’s only an infielder. You can leave his bat in the lineup if you have to.”

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