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Dillon Gee seems to be the leading candidate to pitch Opening Day, with Jon Niese expected to start the year on the disabled list >> Read more on MetsBlog. Niese received a cortisone shot in his left elbow Monday and would be eligible to return from the DL on April 6.

Daniel Murphy missed Thursday’s game, and may take a couple more games off, due to a calf injury.

Terry Collins hit his pitcher eighth in the lineup on Thursday. He later said he may consider doing it during the regular season in an attempt to get more men on base for the heart of his batting order.

The Mets are looking to trade for a shortstop, such as M’s SS Nick Franklin or D-Backs SS Didi Gregorius, but are they not willing to part with Noah Syndergaard to make it happen >> Read more at MetsBlog.