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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Santana/Wheeler Throwing, Murphy Near?, Mejia, Feliciano, Marcum, Hawkins, Santana to open season on DL?

Mets News and Notes:

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NYJohan Santana and Zack Wheeler threw on flat ground Wednesday side by side. Santana then stepped on the mound for the second time since resuming that type of activity.

Santana's session was not intense. Pitching coach Dan Warthen served as his catcher. Santana also went through fielding drills, with instructor Al Jackson hitting him comebackers.

Wheeler (oblique strain) threw on flat ground for the second straight day.

Daniel Murphy, who has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game, is nearing game action.

Murphy has started swinging in a batting cage and only needs to take full batting practice before entering games.

He received a cortisone injection in New York for a strained intercostal muscle on his right side on Feb. 19.

Murphy described his side muscle as "progressing swimmingly."

Jenrry Mejia, who was scratched from Tuesday's "B" game appearance and dispatched to New York to visit team doctors, is being examined for a thyroid issue, not any baseball injury, a source familiar with the issue told ESPNNewYork.com.

It's been a rough camp for Mejia, whose arrival was delayed by visa scrutiny. He allowed five runs (four earned) in one inning in his lone Grapefruit League appearance.

Mejia likely is ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas' rotation to open the season.

More Mets Notes:

Wearing a heart monitor, Pedro Feliciano allowed a leadoff homer and plunked the lone lefty batter he faced while making his first appearance as a Met since 2010.

Shaun Marcum and LaTroy Hawkins pitched two innings apiece and the Mets were two-hit in a 4-0 loss to the Miami Marlins in a “B” game. Most players in major league camp had Tuesday off.

Mets officials privately believe Johan Santana almost assuredly cannot avoid the DL to open the season, writes Andy Martino in the Daily News. Sandy Alderson publicly has described it as “less and less likely” that Santana can be ready for Opening Day.

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