Left-hander Jonathon Niese, the Mets’ projected Opening Day starter, will make his spring debut against St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright.
NIESE: Makes spring debut (AP)
Niese complained of a dead arm early in camp and the weakness was revealed in a MRI taking in New York, Feb. 26.
Niese threw two innings in an intrasquad game last Thursday and reported no pain or discomfort.
“It’s a great feeling to go out there and not feel any pain in your shoulder,’’ Niese said that day. “It was a great step forward to go out on the mound and feel very close to 100 percent.’’
* Ike Davis, as you know, is hobbling in a walking boot on his right foot and isn’t ready to do anything.
* Will today be the day Wilmer Flores starts at shortstop?
* Daniel Murphy (bruised right shin) remains day-to-day.
* Lucas Duda hit in the cage Monday. Perhaps he could graduate to batting practice today?
* Here’s the rest of the week: Wednesday, St. Louis; Thursday, at Washington Nationals; Friday, at Miami Marlins; Saturday, Minnesota (SS) and Chicago Cubs at Las Vegas; Sunday, at St. Louis Cardinals and Cubs at Las Vegas.
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Bartolo Colon, who has been bothered with a tight calf muscle, will make his exhibition debut today against Miami.
Also, Dillon Gee will start in a “B’’ game, also against Miami.
* Bobby Parnell pitched for the first time Sunday, so don’t expect to see him today. He’ll next pitch Tuesday at the earliest.
* The leadoff role appears to be coming down between Eric Young and Chris Young.
* Daniel Murphy is day-to-day with a bruised right shin: “My leg’s a little sore right now. It’s just sore. It’s tough to really describe.’’
* Ike Davis (both calves) and Lucas Duda (hamstring) remain day-to-day.
* Manager Terry Collins said Wilmer Flores will get time this week at shortstop, but did not specify it being today.
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.
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