ARLINGTON, Texas - The Mets caught a break Friday when rightfielder Curtis Granderson returned to the starting lineup a day after being hit in the right knee with a fastball.
Though Granderson reported some lingering swelling, he started the Mets' 5-0 exhibition victory over the Rangers and had two hits. Juan Lagares and David Wright had three each.
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"Everything should be good," Granderson said of being hit on the side of his right knee Thursday against the Cardinals. "We got some ice this afternoon, just warmed up outside to make sure we're good to go on just basic stuff."
Granderson left Thursday's game as a precaution and reported swelling and soreness. But after icing the area Friday, he felt well enough to test his knee during running drills.
He also got lucky. Though he reported swelling, it was in a spot that didn't restrict his movement. "All signs point to getting back in there," general manager Sandy Alderson said.
Murphy on track
Daniel Murphy remains on track to play Monday against the Nationals on Opening Day. In a minor-league camp game in Port St. Lucie, Murphy (hamstring) was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. He also played second base and ran the bases.
Terry Collins said reliever Vic Black (shoulder fatigue) could be back by April 12, the first day he can be activated off the disabled list, but the righthander still has some work to do. Collins said Black has yet to appear in back-to-back games . . . Outfielder Cesar Puello cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas. The once- highly touted prospect was put on waivers Wednesday.