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Murphy may not be ready for Opening Day

Terry Collins is concerned that Daniel Murphy won’t be ready for Opening Day.

Murphy has a strained right hamstring that has kept him out of games the past week.

The Mets have eight more spring training games before they open the season on April 6 in Washington against the Nationals.

Previous Updates

Murphy reported no issues after running at Tradition Field on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin (March 26).

Terry Collins recently said he hoped Murphy could be ready for a game this weekend, the New York Post’s Mike Puma wrote earlier this week (March 24).

He reportedly hit off a tee Wednesday (March 25), and did infield drills alongside Wilmer Flores (March 25).

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Mets score three in 9th, but fall to Cardinals 5-4

The Mets scratched out three runs in the ninth inning, but couldn’t tie the game and lost to the Cardinals 5-4 on Friday afternoon.

Need To Know

Matt Harvey pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing just one earned run. Harvey allowed three hits, struck out five and did not walk a batter. He threw 80 pitches, 58 for strikes.

New York scored three times in the ninth inning, but left the tying run on second base. Anthony Recker drew a bases loaded walk for the first run, while Danny Muno and Cesar Puello each had run-scoring groundouts to plate runs.

Carlos Torres gave up a solo home run to St. Louis’ Rafael Ortega. Jennry Mejia gave up a three-run home run to Ortega in the eighth inning.

The Mets got a run in the seventh inning from a Wilmer Flores run-scoring groundout.

What’s Next

The Mets host the Nationals on Saturday at 1 p.m. on WPIX.

Five things learned from Chris Smith about Matt Harvey

In this week’s MetsBlog Q&A Cast, pres. by Citi, Matthew Cerrone talked with Chris Smith, who recently spent a day with Matt Harvey for an article in New York Magazine, which you can read here.



Here are five things we learned about Harvey from Smith during the interview…

1) In the event the Yankees and Mets were to offer him the same contract, despite considering himself a loyal guy, Harvey will always sign with whatever team gives him the best chance to win.

2) Harvey believes he grew up and matured a bit during the last year having missed so much time away from baseball in 2014.

3) Harvey is not a comic book geek, he isn’t in to Batman lore, he simply likes the movies and enjoys the attention and marketing angle the Dark Knight association brings to his image.

4) Harvey did not have a handler or publicist with him during his day-in-the-life interview with Smith, who arranged the article with Harvey and his agent, Scott Boras, though the team got involved once Spring Training started.

5) Harvey helped design his Free Shirt Friday t-shirt the Mets are giving away this season at Citi Field.


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Today’s Game: Mets at Cardinals

The Mets travel to play the Cardinals on Friday in Jupiter, FL, where heavy rain is in the forecast.

You can follow the game online with SNY Gameday.

Matt Harvey is scheduled to start for the Mets. Harvey will have an 80-pitch limit, Terry Collins said Thursday. In five starts this spring, he has a 1.26 ERA. He threw 60 pitches against the Yankees in his last start, while throwing 5.2 scoreless innings.

Harvey will also bat eighth, with Danny Muno batting in the nine hole.

Wilmer Flores, David Wright, Michael Cuddyer, Travis d’Arnaud and Curtis Granderson are also scheduled to travel and play in the game.

Coming Soon: ‘Gator Bait’ with Vic Black

Before Monday’s airing, check out SNY.tv’s Rob Brender and Mets reliever Vic Black ride an airboat in Florida to look for some gators…

Check back on Monday for the full video!

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Rockies will keep Tulowitzki informed of trade talks throughout the season

The Rockies told Troy Tulowitzki they discussed him in trades this winter, and they’ll continue to do so throughout the season, though no deal was ever close, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale (March 27).

“We had conversations this winter, and Tulowitzki has an understanding what we’re thinking,” Rockies GM Jeff Bridich told Nightengale.

Tulowitzki told Nightengale that, in a perfect world, he stays in Colorado and wins with the Rockies.

However, he added, “If something happens, you have to deal with it.”

Previous Reports

In early January, the Rockies decided to keep Tulowitzki, while planning to re-open trade talks teams after he showed he is fully healthy, people close to the team told MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone (Jan. 7). Tulowitzki had major surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, which comes after missing roughly a third of Colorado’s games the previous three seasons.

According to Cerrone, in limited talks with three to five teams this offseason, which included the Mets, no team was willing to give up the talent Colorado wanted without a) seeing Tulowitzki in action, and b) receiving at least a quarter of the $118 million left on his contract. Instead, the Rockies determined it would make more sense to start 2015 with their most popular player and revisit his trade market after the season begins.

Tulowitzki, 30, is batting .375 with 3 HR and 8 RBI in 10 games this spring.

In February, team beat reporter Patrick Saunders said, if the Rockies are struggling, he expects Tulowitzki will ask to be traded.

“Bridich wants to win now, but he isn’t blind to change and he’s smart enough to start preparing for it,” Saunders added.

According to sources, the Mets and Rockies discussed Tulowitzki at the Winter Meetings in December, 2014, but the two sides never came close to a deal (Jan. 7). The Rockies repeatedly expressed interest in acquiring both Noah Syndergaard and other top, young pitchers (Dec. 19), but the Mets were apprehensive about taking on so much risk.

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Jon Niese is changing his delivery, because of stress on his shoulder

Jon Niese threw 76 pitches during an intrasquad game at Tradition Field on Thursday.

Niese told reporters he was mostly focused on adjusting his delivery to reduce stress he’d been putting on his shoulder in previous starts this spring.

In February, Niese said he probably should have started 2014 on the disabled list.

“There was a sharp pain in there,” Niese said about his shoulder pain from a year ago. “I think I got off the mound way too early, before I got my arm in shape and kind of screwed things up in there.”

Niese eventually missed time in 2014 with pain in the AC joint in his shoulder, elbow inflammation and sore triceps, all of which are reportedly connected to the partially torn rotator cuff in his pitching arm. He was also pulled from a late-season start with an elevated heart rate for the second time in three years.

Nevertheless, he told reporters he feels strong going in to 2015.

“I haven’t been this confident with my arm in probably three years,” he concluded.


cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone: In the winter, I mentioned how teams were skeptical of Niese’s shoulder (Nov. 2014). I actually had one talent evaluator refer to him as ‘damaged,’ offering to bet that Niese will eventually need rotator cuff surgery.

I’m not a gambler, but I totally understand the source of their skepticism. Niese has been on the disabled list with issues related to the rotator cuff each of the last two seasons. He jetted off to New York in Spring Training last year to get an MRI for a “sore triceps,” which a typical since pain often refers down the back of the arm. Niese was later shut down for three weeks last summer, first saying he had no pain, but eventually admitting that shoulder pain was causing him to unknowingly change his mechanics >> Read more from Feb. 9

Wall Street Journal: Matt Harvey Stays in Command During Comeback

According to a recent paper published by Dr. Christopher Ahmad, on average, pitchers threw significantly less pitches in the strike zone during the first year back from Tommy Johns surgery.

However, so far this spring, Matt Harvey has shown razor-sharp precision, much like he did before his surgery, explains reporter Jared Diamond >> Read more in the Wall Street Journal.

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Wilmer Flores looked strong in his first game back from a bruised foot

Wilmer Flores returned from a bruised left foot Thursday to go 1-for-3 with a walk in a win against the Nationals.

He also fielded two ground balls at shortstop with no issue.

“I feel it a little bit, but I’ve just got to go through it,” Flores said after the game (MLB.com, March 27). “It’s going to be sore, but I feel great.”

Flores will continue to wear a protective guard over his foot while batting, and is again expected to be ready for Opening Day.

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Jeurys Familia having a rough spring, Collins and Warthen aren’t worried

In eight appearances this spring, Mets reliever Jeurys Familia has allowed seven runs in seven innings, while facing 36 batters and giving up 12 hits and three walks.

Familia, 25, faced seven Nationals on Thursday and gave up four hits, three runs and a walk.

Terry Collins said after the game he is not concerned with Familia’s spring-training performance because he is working on pitch selection with pitching coach Dan Warthen.

“Familia is trying to incorporate more upper-zone fastballs to complement his sinker, so everything is not down in the zone,” according to ESPN reporter Adam Rubin (March 26).