The Mets played an intrasquad game Thursday morning in an empty Tradition Field, and it served as a return to game action for four Mets who have been nicked up lately.
Niese has been getting his work in during throwing sessions and bullpen sessions ever since he got a clean bill of health after getting an MRI in New York. He should be ready to make his 2014 Grapefruit League debut soon.
Both Tejada and Colon proclaimed themselves ready for Grapefruit League action after today’s intrasquad tilt. Tejada said that he’ll be ready to return Friday, and Colon noted that he’ll be ready to start a game on Monday.
In addition to the injured Mets who returned to game action today, two Mets who have been held out to save bullets for later in the year also got in on the action. David Wright and Daniel Murphy each got a handful of at bats in today’s intrasquad game, and both are expected to make their Grapefruit League debuts tomorrow.
With 25 days to go until opening day, the Mets have thus far been very fortunate injury wise.
Every player who has a malady has a minor one – with most being held out simply as a precaution. If it were the regular season, odds are that aside from Niese, none of these players would be missing anywhere near the amount of time they’ve missed during spring training.