Injury updates and position battles in spring training are the two most important items for the New York Mets this year, with both coming into play today.
The composition of the bullpen begins with closer Bobby Parnell, who underwent surgery on his neck to repair a herniated disk.
A strained quadriceps muscle forced Parnell’s first batting practice session to be pushed back until today. Parnell will throw prior to the exhibition game against Miami at Port St. Lucie, with the target being 20 pitches.
* Left-hander John Lannan is to start against the Marlins and throw 30 pitches or two innings, which ever comes first. Lannan is competing with Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jenrry Mejia for the fifth spot in the rotation. At 29, a lefty and with a reasonable contract, Lannan is somebody the Mets should be paying close attention to.
* Outfielder Eric Young, out with a strained side, could resume working out, but isn’t expected to play. Sunday could be a possibility.
ON DECK: Arguments for John Lannan being fifth starer.