Jon Niese is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday, one week after getting a cortisone shot in his left elbow. He is expected to begin the year on the disabled list, but make his first start April 6 against the Reds.
Later in the day, Daisuke Matsuzaka continues competition for the final sport in the rotation by starting against the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. in St. Lucie.
The game will air live on SNY.
Shelby Miller will start for the Cardinals, who can expect to see a healthy and fully-staffed Mets lineup, including Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda.
The Mets begin their 2014 season exactly one week from today.