The New York Mets and St. Louis played to a 5-5 tie today in Port St. Lucie. Wilmer Flores and Eric Campbell singled in runs in the ninth inning to tie the game.
Fifth-starter candidate Daisuke Matsuzaka, in his second appearance of the spring, gave up two runs on six hits in two innings. Another fifth-starter John Lannan candidate, gave up two runs on three hits in two innings.
Daisuke Matsuzaka makes his second exhibition start today against St. Louis at Port St. Lucie. Today marks the first appearances of this spring by Daniel Murphy and David Wright. Major League Baseball continues its instant replay experiment.
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.