Terry Collins says Mets look crisper this year than in any camp he can remember

Mets manager Terry Collins watches his team during

Mets manager Terry Collins watches his team during spring training Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie. Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Manager Terry Collins was pleased with the crisp pace of the Mets' first official full- squad workout Saturday.

"I've been in a lot of camps and I've seen a lot of different kinds of guys," Collins said. "I have never seen the drills done with more enthusiasm, with more energy and without major mistakes as we have in the last five or six days."

Many of the Mets' veterans attended voluntary workouts leading up to the first official session.

But Collins said he intends to take it slow with the likes of David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Curtis Granderson, all of whom likely will see limited action in the first week of exhibition games. Veteran relievers Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde also will be brought along slowly.

Collins hopes to avoid the kind of injuries that sidelined Wright and Murphy in camp last year. "We've got other guys I want to see, anyway, early," Collins said.

 

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The champ

Before the team's first full- squad workout, the Mets wrapped up their first team meeting by presenting Eric Young Jr. a custom-made championship belt. The wrestling-style gold belt was his reward for leading the National League with 46 stolen bases.

That was just awesome," said Young, who displayed the belt at his locker. "It was great hearing from the guys after the meeting."

 

Extra bases

While most of the team's pitchers endured fielding practice, closer Bobby Parnell resumed throwing off a mound after being sidelined for a few days with a quadriceps issue. "The throwing is more important than the PFP," Collins said . . . Granderson spent most of the first workout in rightfield and Chris Young got the reps in centerfield. Collins intends to stick with that alignment early on.

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