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Quick Mets medical updates from Monday

The Mets' Kirk Nieuwenhuis gets ready to bat

The Mets' Kirk Nieuwenhuis gets ready to bat during an intra-squad game in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa)

-- Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was sent for an MRI exam on his bruised left knee. He is expected to miss the next three to five days.

-- Top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler will play catch on Tuesday and Wednesday before possibly throwing a bullpen on Friday, according to pitching coach Dan Warthen. If all goes well, Wheeler (oblique strain) could be back in a game by early next week.

-- Tom Goodwin was out with the flu.

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