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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Santana, Hefner, Francisco, Cut 3, Wright, Mejia, Collins on Tejada

Mets News and Notes:

Johan Santana did not join teammates for the morning workout before Saturday's game against the Houston Astros.

Sandy Alderson said Terry Collins may address the issue postgame. A team insider said there was no major setback, but thought Santana might be slowed.

Jeremy Hefner starts against the Astros, and it's not a leap to expect he likely will open the season in the rotation, with Santana on the DL.

The Mets had targeted Thursday for Santana's first Grapefruit League action.

Frank Francisco (elbow inflammation) said he now expects to throw off a mound for the first time in spring training on Sunday.

Travis d'Arnaud, who was struck below the right elbow with a pitch Friday, participated in the full morning workout and said he was fine.

The Mets have made their first cuts of spring training, dispatching right-handers Cory Mazzoni and Rafael Montero and catcher Juan Centeno to minor league camp.

Mazzoni, a second-round pick in 2011 from NC State, started the Grapefruit League season quickly with five scoreless innings over his first two appearances. Overall, he finished with a 3.38 ERA in eight innings.

Montero, who split last season in Class A between Savannah and St. Lucie, made two appearances spanning four innings. He had a 4.50 ERA and allowed six hits and no walks with one strikeout.

Centeno was 0-for-1. He appeared in two Grapefruit League games.

The Mets now have 55 players in major league camp.

R.A. Dickey surrendered four runs in four innings and David Wright went 2-for-4 with an RBI as Team USA dropped its World Baseball Classic opener 5-2 to Mexico at Chase Field.

Jenrry Mejia, who was checked out for a hyperactive thyroid, said he needs to limit his fish intake but is OK to resume baseball.

Terry Collins on Ruben Tejada:

“I’m not talking [Derek] Jeter hitting .320, but there’s no reason he can’t hit .290 and get his walks and play his position well,” Terry Collins told Martin. “He’s got a great arm. But I don’t want to compare him to anybody because everyone talks about [Jose] Reyes. Reyes is a sensational player. This kid is a good player. Last year, he just tried to play his game and that’s what he has to keep doing.”

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