The Mets’ first injury of spring training is Daniel Murphy, who is back in New York to have an intercostal muscle in his ribs examined and receive a possible cortisone injection.
Murphy complained of feeling a tugging feeling in his ribs and will be examined at the Hospital of Special Surgery.
Murphy is thinking he’ll be down from a week to ten days. Murphy said he experienced similar pain last year and attributed it to a minor change in his stance.
Mets Notebook: Terry Collins said the message he gave his team today was that they are good enough to compete. Collins told reporters: “The ultimate message was: The one thing I don’t want any of these guys ever to think is that if we get beat, if we lose a game, it’s because we’re not supposed to win, because we’re not good enough. Because that’s not true. That’s not true. These guys are in the one percentile of baseball players in this country.’’ Yesterday I suggested Collins should stress doing the little things and that was also part of his message. … The Mets say Jenrry Mejia might be allowed to report to spring training before his age investigation is competed in the Dominican Republic. GM Sandy Alderson said the investigation is random. … ESPN reports utility infielder Justin Turner could be dealt this spring. Their reasoning is mathematics as the Mets are interested in carrying Omar Quintanilla and/or Brandon Hicks as infielders, or finding a roster spot should LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Atchison or Pedro Feliciano make it in the bullpen.
Mets Upcoming Pitching
Feb 22 Intrasquad game
Feb 23 vs. Washington, 12:10 p.m.
Feb 24 vs. University of Michigan, 12:10 p.m.
LHP Jonathon Niese
RHP Dillon Gee
RHP Brandon Lyon
Feb 24 at Houston, 1:05 p.m.
Feb 25 vs. Washington, 6:10 p.m.
RHP Collin McHugh
RHP Gonzalez Germen
RHP Elvin Ramirez
RHP Greg Burke
RHP LaTroy Hawkins
LHP Rob Carson
LHP Scott Rice