David Wright and Daniel Murphy are scheduled to return to the New York Mets’ lineup this afternoon against St. Louis at Port St. Lucie.
Both experienced strained oblique muscles in previous spring training camps and manager Terry Collins took the approach of easing them into the exhibition schedule.
They each played in an intrasquad game Thursday, with Wright homering against Bartolo Colon.
* Neither Ike Davis (both calves) nor Lucas Duda (tight left hamstring) will not play.
* Closer Bobby Parnell, who threw off the mound Thursday, will not be available.
* The instant replay testing will be used.
The New York Mets’ game against the Houston Astros was rained out today, forcing them to alter their pitching rotation.
Fifth-starter candidate John Lannan, scheduled to start, will now work Friday against St. Louis at Port St. Lucie. Daisuke Matsuzaka will also pitch against the Cardinals. Rafael Montero and Steven Matz, also scheduled to pitch today, will go tomorrow.
* Recovery for first basemen Ike Davis and Lucas Duda from leg injuries remain slow, with neither expected to play soon. Davis hit against live pitching in an intrasquad game, but did no running.
* Bartolo Colon, who has been bothered with a tight calf, threw three scoreless innings in an intrasquad game and said he will be ready to pitch Monday against Miami.
* David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada hit in the intrasquad game. Wright homered. Jonathon Niese and Bobby Parnell pitched after Colon.
Recovery for New York Mets first basemen Ike Davis and Lucas Duda from leg injuries remain slow, with neither expected to play soon.
DAVIS: Still ailing. (AP)
Davis hit against live pitching in an intrasquad game today, but did no running. He is dealing with tightness in both calves and said the prognosis of playing tomorrow is premature.
“The good thing is it doesn’t hurt to swing, so I can get at-bats and stuff like that,’’ Davis told reporters in Port St. Lucie. “I’ve just got to wait a little bit longer for running, so the point in my calves to the touch don’t hurt anymore.
“It’s both calves. My left one is better than my right. My right one is a little bit worse. But it’s getting better every day. Today it felt better than it did yesterday. `So hopefully in the next couple of days I’ll be able to start running. I’m trying to get as many at-bats so I don’t miss that part of it – like today. And then obviously as soon as I’m able to play, I’ll be playing a bunch.’’
Davis, who hit .205 with only nine homers last season, believes the injuries originated while lifting weights.
Davis believes it his better to miss time now than aggravate the injury further and miss more time.
As for Duda, also solid from the weight room, said he has soreness in the bottom of his left hamstring.
Duda said he’s feeling better every day, but isn’t ready to test it in a game.
ON DECK: Mets wrap
Today’s rainout forced the New York Mets to alter their pitching rotation.
Fifth-starter candidate John Lannan was scheduled to start against Houston in Kissimmee, Fla. Instead, he will start Friday against St. Louis at Port St. Lucie.
Daisuke Matsuzaka will also pitch against the Cardinals. Rafael Montero and Steven Matz, also scheduled to pitch today, will go tomorrow.
ON DECK: Setbacks for Ike Davis and Lucas Duda
The New York Mets will send fifth-starter candidate John Lannan to the mound today against Houston at Kissimmee, Fla. The left-hander is coming off a scoreless, two-inning performance in his first start.
Rafael Montero and Steven Matz are also scheduled to pitch.
Also, at Kissimmee, Logan Verrett, Vic Black, Jack Leathersich and Erik Goeddel are scheduled to pitch in a “B’’ game.
In addition, at Port St. Lucie, Bartolo Colon, Jonathon Niese and Bobby Parnell will work in a structured intrasquad game, throwing mostly to David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis and possibly Ruben Tejada.
* Lucas Duda will be held out because of a strained hamstring.
* One of the position battles to watch out for is between Wilmer Flores and Anthony Seratelli for a back-up infielder role. Scratching my head as to why, despite two games being played, Flores didn’t see any time at shortstop.