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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Murphy Playing, Wright Intercostal, Hudgens Managing, Send Three Down

Mets News and Notes:

Daniel Murphy, who is returning from a strained intercostal muscle on his right side, offered a positive review of his first minor league action. Murphy took batting practice before the game, but did not hit in-game. He did man second base for five innings and pinch-run for Shaun Marcum.

“It felt good,” Murphy said in Port St. Lucie. “It was good to get out there. I really appreciate the minor league guys, the coaching staff letting me come out there. It took a little while to get my legs underneath me, but I felt better at the end than I did at the beginning.

“We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and evaluate it."

New York Mets third baseman David Wright has been diagnosed with a moderate strain of the intercostal muscle on his left side, which has forced him to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic and potentially will land him on the disabled list to open the season.

General manager Sandy Alderson announced the diagnosis Friday afternoon, and manager Terry Collins latersaid he was sure Wright will be sidelined "two to three weeks."

Wright was examined earlier in the day by team doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

He indicated he had been bothered by the issue for a week, but he played through it for Team USA and only was scratched from Thursday's WBC game after batting practice once the Mets intervened.

Alderson estimated Wright would be idle for three to five days and did not care to speculate whether the third baseman would be available for the April 1 regular-season opener against theSan Diego Padres.

Collins, however, fears Wright may not be ready for Opening Day given the recovery times of recent side-muscle injuries with the club, including with Wright last spring training and with second baseman Daniel Murphy this spring.

Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens will return to Venezuela next winter to manage the Caracas Lions, the club announced.

Hudgens managed the club to a championship in 2009-10. He also managed there the following season before stepping down upon being named Mets hitting coach.

The Mets have sent infield prospect Wilmer Flores as well as Josh Satin and right-handed reliever Carlos Torres to minor league camp. That leaves 42 players remaining in major league camp.

Travis d'Arnaud remains in major league camp, although he is expected to open the season at Triple-A Las Vegas. Any prospect on the 40-man roster who becomes injured in camp after this date would get major league service time and pay if the issue lingered into the season and a DL stint was required.

Flores, 21, hit .143 (3-for-21) with one RBI in Grapefruit League play.

Satin was 5-for-8 with five walks and three RBIs, but is not a member of the 40-man roster.

Torres, a former reliever with the Colorado Rockies, had an 8.44 ERA in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed nine hits and four walks and opposing batters hit .391 against him.

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