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.
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.
* 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.