PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Daniel Murphy believes he avoided the worst Friday when he was struck on the right hand by a pitch that forced him out of the Mets' 5-4 exhibition win over the Tigers.

In his first Grapefruit League at-bat, Murphy was hit on the top of the hand by David Price's fastball. He ran the bases but was pulled from the game with a bruised hand.

Murphy was to get precautionary X-rays. "It feels good right now," he said. "The [doctor] checked it out and it feels stable." Terry Collins said trainers offered an encouraging report.

 

Paying a visit

The Mets began playing host to the families slain NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Ramos' sons, Justin and Jaden, were given lockers in the clubhouse. "To have to hear the young kids' voices that just lost their father in a pointless tragedy, it's unbelievable," said David Wright, who spoke with both sons in December and whose father, Rhon, recently retired from the police force in Norfolk, Virginia. "No one should have to go through it."

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Extra bases

Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs in two innings but called his Grapefruit League debut "very positive" . . . Matt Reynolds hit a walk-off homer in the ninth . . . Long Island's Steven Matz will start Saturday's split-squad game against the Marlins in Jupiter. Jacob deGrom starts at home against the Braves . . . Lucas Duda (strained intercostal) continued tee and toss drills and should be ready for full batting practice by Monday. Collins said he could be playing in Grapefruit League games in about a week . . . Bobby Parnell is scheduled to pitch Wednesday, his first game action since Tommy John surgery.