* Ike Davis, who took grounders Wednesday, isn’t expected to play. He’s still wearing a protective boot. Manager Terry Collins said even before Davis could be a DH, has to show he can run without difficulty.
* Lucas Duda, bothered by a strained left hamstring, is closer to returning.
* Ruben Tejada is expected to play. Meanwhile, the Mets continue to monitor the shortstop market, but nothing is imminent.
ON DECK: The hole that is the Mets’ shortstop situation.
LINEUP COMMENTS: I already weighed in on Flores-Tejada. … Lagares and Chris Young have hit up-and-down the lineup this spring, so it’s clear Terry Collins has some decisions to make. … Evidently, Lucas Duda isn’t ready, otherwise he could have been used as a DH. … There’s a Teagarden sighting. We haven’t seen much of him this spring.
Noah Syndergaard found out today what a lot of pitchers already know: Life can be tough when you can’t locate your fastball.
Today, the Mets’ prospect’s command was off as he gave up two runs on two hits and three walks in three innings in a game won, 3-2, over Detroit. The outing came five days after he gave up one hit in two scoreless innings against Atlanta.
Syndergaard’s fastball again topped out at 97 mph., but it’s not about how fast you throw it, but where you throw it.
* Eric Young played second base and misplayed a grounder into a two-run single.
* The Mets’ defense included errors by second baseman Daniel Murphy and shortstop Ruben Tejada. The latter misplayed two other balls not ruled errors.
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.