Showing posts with label Daniel Murphy. Show all posts
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mets News: Terry Collins insists Wilmer Flores is not auditioning for Murphy's Job at 2B


Mets News:


Terry Collins said Wilmer Flores is not auditioning for Daniel Murphy’s second-base job.

Flores, who played in 79 games at second base for Triple-A Las Vegas this season, gets his first major league start at the position on Wednesday night.

Collins said Sandy Alderson wanted to get Flores a look at second base, if for no other reason than to disqualify that as a position going forward. Flores is not going to get a streak of games at second base, but will see some time there down the stretch.

“Nobody says you’re auditioning a guy,” Collins said. “You’re just trying to see what his best position is. He’s played pretty much all year at second base. So when he came up here, the question is: ‘Why are you playing him at third base?’ Now the question is: ‘Why are you playing him at second?’

“You can’t make anybody happy here.

“What we’re trying to do is put Wilmer at second base to see how he handles it at this level, so you can look down the road: Is there going to be a fit there? Because if there isn’t, then you’ve got to certainly look at the two corners and say: ‘Where is he going to fit if he’s not going to play the middle of the infield?’

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Mets News: Eric Young to Second Base, Daniel Murphy to Third Base?


Mets News:


Terry Collins is used Justin Turner at third base and Josh Satin at first base Saturday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals.

But, the manager added, Daniel Murphy would be the logical choice to move to third base, with Eric Young Jr. shifting to second base, assuming David Wright's absence for a right hamstring strain is prolonged.

Wright got a MRI on Saturday morning at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan after being forced to leave Friday's game in the 10th inning. He was in discomfort after legging out an infield single. He was classified with a moderate hamstring strain. Wright will likely miss 3-4 weeks according to Terry Collins.

Murphy is a natural third baseman. He last appeared at the position two seasons ago, making 25 starts at third base while Wright was sidelined with a stress fracture in his back.

Young has started one game and appeared in three games for the Mets at second base this season. He has started 45 major league games there.

Shifting Young from left field to the infield actually would open up an outfield spot and unintentionally give the Mets a place to play Lucas Duda once he is activated from the disabled list. Duda began a maximum 20-day rehab assignment for a left intercostal strain on July 24. Duda's locker is set up at Citi Field.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mets Rumors: Byrd, Collins, Feliciano, Byrdak, Parnell, Murphy, Buck, Young


Mets Rumors:

The Orioles are interested in the Mets' Marlon Byrd. However, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes that Byrd is "highly unlikely" to be traded and Bobby Parnell is "highly, highly unlikely" to be moved .

A Mets executive told Mike Puma of the New York Post that he would be surprised if manager Terry Collins were replaced after the season. The Mets are happy with the job that Collins has done, and the executive says the team is doing a good job of "sprinting to the finish line" with Collins at the helm (Twitter). Collins still only under contract through the 2013 season.

Joel Sherman of the NY Post, tweets that left-handed relief is in such high demand, the Mets actually received calls checking in on how Byrdak and Pedro Feliciano were progressing in their rehab.

Tim Byrdak's contract contains a clause that allows him to leave the Mets should another team offer him a Major League roster spot. After being contacted by an interested team, the Mets would have 48 hours to add Byrdak to their own big league roster. If they chose not to do so, Byrdak would be free to join the new team, and the Mets would receive no compensation.

Nothing has changed on the Marlon Byrd and Bobby Parnell front, according to Sherman (on Twitter). The Mets have received nibbles on both, but not nearly enough to make a deal likely.

The Mets are seeking a "Wheeler type" top prospect in exchange for Parnell, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter). Given that exorbitant price tag, it's no surprise that interest hasn't picked up much.

Sherman adds that the Mets had hoped to see interest in Daniel Murphy, John Buck and Eric Young Jr., but to this point they haven't received calls on that group. As such, they're likely to simply try to win as many games as they can with the current group in the season's second half.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets do not expect to make any trades before trading deadline


Mets Rumors:


Terry Collins echoed publicly what team officials recently have expressed privately: The Mets, while not ruling anything out, do not expect to make a trade before Wednesday's 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline.

"You look at our team, and right now we've got some guys that are playing good," Collins said Sunday morning. "And I don't know what's going to happen the next three days. ... If I was a team that was in a hunt, who had a couple of holes, I'd go searching and we've got some guys. But from everything I'm hearing right now, there's no reason to think we're going to change."

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mets News: Wheeler debut, Murphy at 1B, d'Arnaud sheds boot, Cowgill backup OF, Core Players


Mets News:


Sandy Alderson  acknowledged Zack Wheeler will make his major league debut during the June 18 doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves, 30 miles from his Dallas, Ga., hometown.

Collins indicated on Sunday that Matt Harvey would get the night game of that split doubleheader.

Daniel Murphy appears the primary candidate to play first base with Ike Davis at Las Vegas. That will allow the Mets to get at least a short-term look at Jordany Valdespin at second base. Josh Satin should also get limited time at first base. Alderson confirmed Lucas Duda moving from left field is a distant third in the way of options.

Murphy has started 150 major league games at first base.

Travis d'Arnaud, recovering from a broken left foot, has shed his boot. But d'Arnaud will not be allowed to run for two more weeks. Alderson implied d'Arnaud "certainly" would get a call-up for September, but did not strongly indicate he would reach the Mets before rosters expand.

Collin Cowgill, while getting a promotion, will not be a primary outfielder. The Mets would have liked to promote a lefty bat, but had none available at Triple-A. The Mets also were averse to promoting righty-hitting Andrew Brown because he just returned Friday from an oblique injury.

Writes columnist John Harper in the Daily News about Alderson’s analysis of his players:

Most noteworthy, Alderson said he doesn’t consider either Ruben Tejada or Lucas Duda to be “core’’ players around which to build. On the other hand he does think of Ike Davis that way -- of course, that’s assuming someone can eliminate all the herky-jerky hand movement in a swing that has now landed the first baseman in Triple-A Las Vegas.

So let’s see: that leaves Wright at third base, maybe Daniel Murphy at second, though Alderson wasn’t asked specifically about him as a core player. And for that matter, the GM indicated he’d like to see Murphy take over temporarily for Davis at first base so the Mets can evaluate whether Jordany Valdespin has a future at second base.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mets News: Daniel Murphy Coming Back Against Nationals Thursday, Wright Soon?


Mets News:

Daniel Murphy will start at second base on Thursday against the Nationals in his first game this spring after being diagnosed with a strained right abdominal Feb. 19.

Terry Collins said Murphy feels he is ready to play.

“If he is gonna be ready, we’re going to make sure he’s ready,” the Mets manager said. “The organization, the rest of the club is at stake with this. We’ve got to make sure Dan is ready.”

If Murphy is not ready and goes on the DL, his inactive stint will start with his last Grapefruit League appearance.

David Wright, who was diagnosed with a strained left intercostal and received a cortisone shot on March 15, will play in a minor league game Thursday and likely not in a big-league game until Saturday, when the Mets are sure he is ready to go.

If Wright is not ready for a big-league game, they can backdate his time on the disabled list and minimize the time he misses.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Late Mets News and Notes: Marcum Discomfort, Dave Howard to MSG, Murphy Plays Again, Collins on Feliciano decision


Mets News and Notes:


Shaun Marcum is an important piece of the Mets’ starting rotation, but a stalled bullpen session Monday left the team wondering if he will be ready to start the season.

Two major league sources told the Daily News that Marcum complained of neck discomfort Monday. That occurred during a bullpen session intended as a final check to make sure he was ready to make a Grapefruit League start on Thursday. According to the sources, Marcum is now highly unlikely to make that start.

Asked if Marcum’s readiness for the regular season next week was a concern, a source said, “That’s fair to say.”

It is unclear who would take Marcum’s spot in the rotation if, as the team now fears, he is not ready for the season.

Lefthander Aaron Laffey, sent to minor league camp after a rough start on Sunday, had been considered next in line, but one source said that he “doubt(ed) it would be Laffey.”

Mets executive vice president for business Dave Howard is leaving the ballclub. He will become president of MSG Sports, the company announced. He will begin work April 9.

The Mets indicated that team executives Paul Asencio, Leigh Castergine and David Newman will now join Mike Landeen in reporting to Jeff Wilpon to absorb Howard's role for the near future. Wilpon also will pick up some of Howard's duties.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets Bullpen Shaping Up, Wright All Good, Murphy Playing, Marcum Starting Thurs, Byrdak Ahead of Schedule, Mets Opening Rotation


Mets News and Notes:

The Mets have asked reliever Pedro Feliciano to go to Triple-A for a month to build up his arm strength, and informed Feliciano he will not make the team's Opening Day roster.

"They told me I'm going to Triple-A for a month and get my strength back," Feliciano said. "I have to talk to my agent first and then see what we're going to decide."

The Mets' decision came at the deadline to inform Feliciano whether he had made the club. Remaining with the club at the minor league level would obligate the Mets to give him a $100,000 retention bonus because of his veteran status.

"They made that decision," he said of the Mets. "I'm going to think about it and see what I decide. Hopefully somebody picks me up. We'll see what happens."

This is affirming that Robert Carson is in great shape to make the Mets' Opening Day roster, the Mets will carry two left-handers in the bullpen.

Fellow lefty Scott Rice remains in camp, but seemingly would be at an overwhelming disadvantage because, unlike Carson, he is not on the 40-man roster.

Josh Edgin is expected to be Collins' primary lefty in the bullpen.

Carson, 24, had a 4.73 ERA in 17 relief appearances in 2012, during his inaugural major league season. Lefty batters hit .286 (8-for-28) with a homer, three walks and five strikeouts.

At the contractual deadline for him to be notified, the Mets have told LaTroy Hawkins he has made the Opening Day roster.

Hawkins, 40, has not allowed a run in 5 2/3 Grapefruit League innings. Opponents have a .227 batting average against him. Hawkins has surrendered five hits and two walks while striking out four over the six appearances.

He went 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 48 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Angels last season.

David Wright said he was "all good" the day after ramping up his activity by taking live batting practice for the first time Sunday.

Mets News and Notes: Hicks Outrighted, D'Arnaud to Minors, den Dekker Injury, Murphy Gets AB's, Wright Swings


Mets News and Notes:

Brandon Hicks has been outrighted by the Mets.

Left unsaid but resulting from the decision: Omar Quintanilla has won the backup shortstop job and will replace Hicks on the 40-man roster.

Hicks hit .116 and committed four errors.

Also sent to minor league camp Sunday: Aaron Laffey, Andrew Brown, Brian Bixler and Jamie Hoffmann.

Laffey will serve as a starter with Triple-A Las Vegas, potentially making him the next call-up should another rotation vacancy arise. His departure from big league camp signals the Mets are confident Shaun Marcum will be OK. Marcum missed a start and received a cortisone shot in his pitching shoulder, but is slated to resume pitching in a game Thursday.

Top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud has been optioned to minor league camp.

D'Arnaud hit .343 with four RBIs in 35 Grapefruit League at-bats.

"He played very well," Sandy Alderson said. "He met all of our expectations, which I think for the organization and Mets fans were fairly high. He did a very nice job. We're hopeful he'll have a long career in New York. But we're happy with what John Buck has done. We've got an investment in him as well. I think our pitching staff and team overall will benefit overall from John Buck's presence, and ultimately Travis is going to be a very good player for us."

If d'Arnaud spends the first 20 days of the season in the minors, the Mets can delay his free agency from after 2018 season until after the 2019 season.

The Mets can delay d'Arnaud's first year of arbitration eligibility by a year if they ensure he is roughly not one of the top 22 percent of rookies called up this season. One major league executive estimated a call-up after June 15 probably would allow d'Arnaud to miss the "Super Two" designation. The same logic applies to Zack Wheeler.

"As I said, we've got a big investment in John Buck, too," Alderson said when asked about "Super Two" being a motivating factor with d'Arnaud. "I know people talk about control and 'Super Two' and all of that. If John Buck gets hurt tomorrow, Travis d'Arnaud is the front-line catcher."

Matt den Dekker suffered a broken right wrist on Sunday's attempted catch.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Collins on Murphy, Wright, Santana, Mex on C's, Wheeler, Francisco Updates


Terry Collins said the Mets are eyeing the middle of next week to get David Wright at-bats, but caution will be the priority as the captain returns from a strained intercostal muscle on his left side.

“Each and every step is a positive with David," Collins said after Wright hit off a tee and hit flips Saturday. "We’re looking at the middle of next week for possible at-bats as we head into next weekend. Once again, I’m going to be very cautious. This guy is a huge piece. The last thing we need to do is to try to tell him he needs to rush or he needs to hurry. But we’ll see where he is in the middle of next week.”

Meanwhile, Daniel Murphy may enter a minor league game Sunday. Murphy last played in a minor league game eight days ago, logging five innings at second base, but his injured right side subsequently became tight.

“I think it’s too early to tell,” Collins said about whether Murphy could be ready for Opening Day. “A minor league game -- is he going to play four innings? Two innings? Three innings? How many at-bats is he going to get? … The last time he played in a minor league game he rushed it and he took a huge step backward. I will be the first guy in the morning to make sure he does not overdo it tomorrow.”

On Johan Santana, Collins said: "I've kind of had that feeling for a while that he's going to be very cautious getting himself back, making sure his shoulder is at the same strength it was last year when he left here. This guy started throwing last December [in 2011]. You're looking at December, January, February, March last year before he left here. And his arm was in great shape. We're starting in basically February this year. I don't necessarily think it's going to take four months, but it may take six weeks to get him where he wants to be."

Keith Hernandez, the first captain in Mets history, said he regrets wearing the "C" on his jersey to denote the role.

"I kind of liked it from the beginning," Hernandez told Newsday. "It's kind of an ego thing. But the more and more I wore it, the more it got a little bit ... it was too big."

"I wish I hadn't," Hernandez continued. "It was like a hockey 'C' instead of the smaller 'C'. But that's what they did. But [Derek] Jeter doesn't wear a 'C'. It's not necessary. Everybody knows."

Zack Wheeler pitched in a minor league intrasquad game Saturday, and the various MLB scouts who flocked to the event could not stop raving.

Wheeler was pumping fastballs with a smooth delivery at 96-98 mph, and also was flashing a curveball, slider and an occasional changeup.

"He's got four pitches," one scout observed.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets Outfield, Murphy DL?, Wright Running, Marcum Plan, Santana Staying Put


Mets News and Notes:

Sandy Alderson said there is no cavalry coming to the rescue in the outfield. That means it will be Lucas Duda, Collin Cowgill, Marlon Byrd, Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin in the outfield in some configuration to open the season in all likelihood, as long as Valdespin isn't pressed into infield duty by injuries.

"We're going to go with the guys we have," Alderson told Newsday about the outfield.

Terry Collins confirmed Friday that Byrd should be an everyday player, not in a platoon role, although Collins said he has not resolved how Byrd's time will be spread between right and center field.

"Due to his background ... we need to find out what he brings to the table, because he's got a track record of being a pretty good player, a pretty good offensive player," Collins said. "I want to see early enough what he can do."

The manager, who emphatically said at the start of camp that Duda would be his regular left fielder, was not quite as forceful as camp nears an end.

Asked if Duda remained the everyday left fielder, Collins only said Friday: "That's a possibility."

Terry Collins recently predicted that if Daniel Murphy did not enter a game by this weekend, it was virtually impossible for him to be ready by Opening Day.

Well, Collins said Murphy is not ready to enter a game Saturday. And it's becoming more likely Murphy opens the season on the disabled list than at second base at Citi Field on April 1.

Murphy played five innings in the field a week ago in a minor league game, but has not reentered a game since because stiffness surfaced. He has not had any spring-training at-bats. Murphy originally received a cortisone injection on his right side on Feb. 19 in New York for a strained intercostal muscle.

Collins said that Murphy did take batting practice Friday.

“We had a conversation this morning," the manager added. "He said, ‘I’ll be ready by Opening Day.’ I said, ‘Well, let’s talk about that next Wednesday or Thursday.’”

Friday, March 22, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Turner Back, Nieuwenhuis Back, Murphy Not, Wright Maybe?, Hefner for Santana, Niese Opening, Captain Wright


Mets News and Notes:

For the first time since spraining his right ankle Saturday, Justin Turner reappeared in a game. Two games, actually.

Turner had three at-bats in a minor league game, then delivered a pinch-hit single in the Grapefruit League contest.

Turner passed a pair of tests as far as his ankle. He doubled and scored from second in the minor league game, then went first-to-third on a single by Marlon Byrd while facing St. Louis.

“I didn’t feel it at all,” Turner said.

Turner and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (knee bruise) both are slated to again play in a minor league game Friday.

Nieuwenhuis went 1-for-2 with three walks but did not play the field Thursday against the Triple-A Springfield Cardinals.

Daniel Murphy (side) is not yet ready to enter a minor league game.

Jeremy Hefner, the rotation plug for Johan Santana, allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four in five innings. He surrendered a fourth-inning solo homer to David Freese.

“I wasn’t as sharp as I’d like to be today,” Hefner said. “They’re a real aggressive team, so I tried to throw a few more offspeed pitches early in the count. And that kind of got me behind in the count because I wasn’t getting them over for strikes.”

Jonathon Niese officially has been named the Mets' Opening Day starter.

“This guy, as we move forward, is going to be the head of this staff,” Terry Collins said.

Said Niese: “It means a lot. I’m real excited, obviously, getting this opportunity. But I’m going to treat it as any other start, just like if I’m the fifth starter, if I’m the second, third, fourth. I’m going to prepare the same and just go out and compete.”

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Turner Ankle, Nieuwenhuis Playing, Wright/Murphy Ribs, Ike Adjusts


Mets News and Notes:

Justin Turner said the right ankle he sprained on Saturday is virtually full healed, but he will not be making the trip to Kissimmee on Wednesday night to face the Houston Astros.

"Full activity -- except for going on the trip," Turner said.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who suffered a bone bruise on his left knee sliding into second base on March 10, is due to play in a minor league game today. It will mark Nieuwenhuis' first game action since the injury.

Nieuwenhuis plans to play three innings in the outfield and also take at-bats. He likely would just jog to first base should he make contact, since he has not yet run the bases for trainers.

Nieuwenhuis plans to do that running test postgame.

"It feels pretty good," Nieuwenhuis said. "For sure."

In part because of the injury setback, Nieuwenhuis is likely to open the season at Triple-A Las Vegas.

The availability of David Wright and Daniel Murphy for Opening Day remains murky as both players continue to deal with intercostal muscle strains.

Wright received a cortisone injection on his left side Friday in New York and still aims to be in the lineup on April 1 against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. But given Murphy suffered an injury to the same muscle a month ago, received a cortisone shot on Feb. 19 and still is not ready, how confident can Wright be?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wheeler, Mets Rotation, Buck, Wright, Murphy, d'Arnaud


Mets News and Notes:

For the first time since suffering a right oblique strain and being scratched from a Feb. 27 Grapefruit League game, Zack Wheeler pitched in a game Monday. Wheeler was demoted to minor league camp a week ago.

Wheeler Tweeted: "Felt good to get back in a game today. Tossed 3innings and 1 hit. Felt great"

The Mets' rotation order is beginning to become clearer.

While the Mets have yet to commit, it appears Jonathon Niese will be followed in the rotation by Shaun Marcum in Game 2 against the San Diego Padres and Matt Harvey in Game 3.

That will allow the Mets to separate similar-throwing Marcum and Dillon Gee in the rotation.

Gee would likely go in Game 4, the opener of a series against the Miami Marlins. The Mets then can go back to Niese in Game 5 before turning to Jeremy Hefner.

John Buck, who had been scheduled to catch on Sunday and today, instead has been given off by Terry Collins.

Buck has been dealing with the flu, according to the manager.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Murphy, Nieuwenhuis, Francisco, Laffey


Mets News and Notes:

A day after his first game activity of spring training, Daniel Murphy did not feel up to playing in another minor league game. Murphy, who has been sidelined with a strained intercostal muscle on his right side, was "pretty stiff," according to Terry Collins.

Murphy had played five innings in a minor league game Friday -- playing second base and running the bases, but not hitting.

"It wasn't a setback -- just a little fatigue," Sandy Alderson said. "So we sat him out today."

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who suffered a bone bruise on his left knee while sliding two weeks ago, is nearing entering a minor league game.

Nieuwenhuis participated in the team's warm-up routine Saturday and also hit, tossed a baseball and went through outfield drills.

The lone remaining hurdle before entering a game is to run the bases.

Nieuwenhuis now is more likely to be ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas to open the season.

Frank Francisco threw his third bullpen session of the week Saturday morning as he works back from elbow inflammation. Francisco said he would expect to throw two more bullpen sessions before advancing to batting practice.

He remains likely to open the season on the disabled list.

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.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Santana not ready, D'Arnaud going to minors?, Captain America, Murphy, Nieuwenhuis, Valdespin


Mets News and Notes:

Perhaps it was stating the obvious, but Terry Collins acknowledged Wednesday that Johan Santana is “not too close” to returning to a mound.

“Each and every day we’ll see how he feels,” Collins said. “When he thinks his arm -- the strength -- is there to get on the mound and throw a bullpen, he’ll do it. But he’s the only source we have as to how he feels. We checked with him this morning and found out what he was going to do today. And tomorrow, we’ll leave tomorrow until when I see him tomorrow and see where we stand.”

Sandy Alderson acknowledged meeting with Santana earlier this week.

“Just to make sure we were on the same page,” Alderson said. “He understood from our standpoint he would be ready when he’s ready and there wouldn’t really be any further comment about it in terms of a precise date that he’d be ready to pitch. If that was clearing the air, that was clearing the air, I guess.”

Did the air need clearing?

“Not from my standpoint. Perhaps from his,” Alderson said. “Whatever purpose it served, we had a conversation.”

Travis D'Arnaud went 0-for-3 Wednesday against the Washington Nationals, but he still is hitting .261 in Grapefruit League play.

His days in camp may be numbered, though.

The Mets, like other major league teams, must ship out prospects on the 40-man roster by Friday if they want to minimize the risk to the organization.

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.”

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.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Horowright, Hawkins, Santana, Parnell, Murphy, Feliciano


Mets News and Notes:
Photo courtesy, ESPN NY

Before departing for the WBC on Saturday, David Wright stopped by the complex and got PR man Jay Horwitz to slip into the third baseman's uniform. The idea came from an early morning tweet from @Jay_HorwitzPR, who wrote: "Now that David Wright has left for WBC, thinking of dressing up in his uniform today. Will anyone know the difference? Look about the same."

LaTroy Hawkins, who has yet to appear in a game for the Mets, is slated to enter Grapefruit League play during the upcoming week.

Hawkins, 40, cited the long spring training as the reason he has not been pitching in spring-training games since those started a week ago. He said he will get into games at a date comparable to past spring trainings.

"Spring training really starts this week coming up," Hawkins said. "That's the way I've always done it. The whole extra week we have for the WBC, I don't think I'd go for pitching a week's more games just because the WBC is starting."

Hawkins, a right-handed reliever, went 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 48 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Angels last season. In 42 innings, he allowed 45 hits and 13 walks while striking out 23.

Hawkins is on a minor league deal, but is a sound bet to make the team. He said he felt no particular urgency to get into games from the outset to impress his new employer and soldify a spot.

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