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Justin Turner leaves game with strained calf

Mets' Justin Turner works out at first base

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Justin Turner left Wednesday night's game against the Astros with what the team called a strained left calf. The utilityman said he felt a knot in his leg when he pushed off to field a grounder in the second. He remained in the game but felt similar discomfort when running out a grounder later in the inning.

Turner left the game in the fourth inning after he notified...

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Roster pruning: Mets trade Elvin Ramirez to Angels

Elvin Ramirez throws a bullpen session during the

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets traded righthander reliever Elvin Ramirez to the Angels for cash considerations, the club announced on Wednesday, which brings the number of players on the 40-man roster to 38. The Mets may need to clear anywhere form one to three more spots to add non-roster players expected to make the team.

LaTroy Hawkins has already been informed that he'll make the club....

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Mets announce starting rotation

Jon Niese.

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets announced the starting rotation for its season-opening series against the Padres: April 1: Edinson Volquez vs. Jon Niese April 3: Clayton Richard vs. Matt Harvey April 4: Eric Stults vs. Dillon Gee The projected starters against the Marlins: April 5: Henderson Alvarez vs. Jeremy Hefner April 6: Kevin Slowey vs. Jon Niese April 7: Ricky Nolasco vs. Shaun Marcum...

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Could Murphy, Marcum duck DL stint?

New York Mets Daniel Murphy scores in the

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Here's a changeup. The Mets got some good news on the injury front. We'll have more in a bit but here are the basics: -- Second baseman Daniel Murphy (strained right intercostal) will play in a Grapefruit League game on Thursday so long as he reports to the complex with no issues. Murphy hasn't played in a big league game all spring but he has progressed rapidly since suffering...

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Hefner could be throwing again by Friday

Jeremy Hefner falls to the ground after being

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- And now for your daily Mets medical report, pitcher's edition:

-- Jeremy Hefner caught a lucky break on Tuesday. Carlos Beltran's one-hop comebacker struck him near his right elbow, but on a meaty part of his right arm, narrowly missing a spot that would have left far more damage. Nevertheless, Hefner spent his Wednesday shut down, banned from any baseball activity...

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Pedro Feliciano: 'I'm going to prove that I can do it'

Mets pitcher Pedro Feliciano throws a bullpen session

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Lefty specialist Pedro Feliciano will remain in Florida to pitch for Class-A Port St. Lucie. instead of joining the team's Triple-A club Las Vegas. Feliciano, who decided on Tuesday to remain with the organization, will likely need about a month to build strength in his left shoulder.

Feliciano, 36, has been effective in Grapefruit League play despite velocity readings...

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Yankees acquire pitcher Sam Demel off waivers from Astros

Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Sam Demel looks at

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The Yankees have acquired pitcher Sam Demel off waivers from the Houston Astros, the team announced Wednesday.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees have designated fellow righthanded pitcher Danny Otero for assignment.

Demel made only one appearance at the big-league level last year as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In one relief inning of work, the 27-year-old righthander...

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Everybody hurts: The latest on the banged-up Mets

Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler throws during the team's

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Lucas Duda's swing is feeling pretty good. In the Mets' 11-4 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday afternoon, Duda knocked in each of his team's runs, finishing 3-for-4 including his fifth home run of the spring. But the bigger news of the day came from off the field:

-- Yes, the Mets have a banged-up starting rotation. But no, they're not calling up prospect Zack Wheeler...

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Yankees sign Lyle Overbay

Lyle Overbay of the Arizona Diamondbacks bats during

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The Red Sox trash is the Yankees treasure.

The Yankees announced they signed Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract just hours after Boston released the first baseman to avoid having to pay him a $100,000 bonus.

Overbay, 36, hit .220 (9-for-41) with five runs, one double, two triples and seven RBIs in 19 spring training games for the Red Sox.

A new collective bargaining agreement...

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Source: Alderson & Co. watched Young's final Nationals start

General Manager Sandy Alderson talks to reporters during

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla -- Could the Mets and pitcher Chris Young be primed for a reunion?

With the Mets' pitching depth in peril thanks to injuries, and Young available after opting out of his minor league deal with the Nationals, the conditions seem ripe for another run together. According to a rival executive, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson attended Young's final start with the Nationals...

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