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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Feliciano still throwing, Young not signed, Turner in the lineup

Mets News and Notes:

Pedro Feliciano, who agreed to remain with the organization when the Mets passed on placing him on the Opening Day roster, will not appear in a minor league game anytime soon.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen said Feliciano will continue to work at the team's Port St. Lucie complex to build shoulder strength. Feliciano threw an inning in a simulated game Tuesday, as did Frank Francisco.

Before the Mets broke camp, Feliciano said he expected to pitch for Class A St. Lucie. But that is now not expected in the near future.

Despite the Mets losing Johan Santana for the season and Shaun Marcum getting examined today for a pain in his neck and shoulder, the Mets continue to refrain from pursuing Chris Young.

Young opted out with the Washington Nationals at the end of spring training after producing a 2.25 ERA in 16 Grapefruit League innings.

Jeremy Hefner has plugged into Santana's rotation spot, while Aaron Laffey is expected to be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas for Sunday's start against the Miami Marlins in place of Marcum.

Terry Collins indicated he wanted to start Justin Turner in Thursday's series finale at second base to ensure he gets playing time during the opening homestand. The Mets face exclusively right-handed starters this weekend against the Miami Marlins, so starting Turner today against southpaw starter Eric Stults made the most sense.

The manager added that Daniel Murphy is experiencing no issue with the strained intercostal muscle on his right side that tormented him during spring training.

Collins indicated he plans to get lefty hitters Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin a start apiece this weekend. The manager was unsure what position Valdespin would play.

The Mets’ four full-season affiliates open play Thursday. The Opening Day starters: Zack Wheeler for Triple-A Las Vegas at Sacramento, Rafael Montero for Double-A Binghamton at Akron, Hansel Robles for high-A St. Lucie versus Jupiter, and Matt Bowman for low-A Savannah versus Rome. Noah Syndergaard, the highly regarded pitching prospect obtained from the Toronto Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey deal, is due to make his debut with the organization Sunday for St. Lucie.

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