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Jeremy Hefner struck in right elbow, leaves game

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Righthander Jeremy Hefner left Tuesday's game against the Cardinals when he was struck on the right elbow with a one-hop comebacker from ex-Met Carlos Beltran.

He was taken for an X-Ray, which came back negative. The Mets said he just has a contusion.

The banged-up Mets can ill afford another injury to the starting rotation. Hefner had been in line to step in...

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David Wright to play in minor league game

David Wright gets ready to take batting practice

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets third baseman David Wright said he's playing in a minor league game on Tuesday afternoon. It will be his first game action since straining his left intercostal muscle at the World Baseball Classic roughly two weeks ago. Wright will serve as the designated hitter though he's unsure of how many at-bats he'll get.

The Mets captain has made good progress the last few...

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Jenrry Mejia sidelined for six weeks

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia throws a bullpen session

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. --The Mets could use insurance for the starting rotation. At the beginning of the spring, that was a job earmarked for righthander Jenrry Mejia. But after being sidelined with elbow tendinitis for much of March, Mejia said he does not expect to be ready to pitch for another six weeks.

Mejia was sent to New York on Sunday where team doctors diagnosed him with elbow inflammation,...

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Marcum sent to doctor, scratched from start

Mets' Shaun Marcum delivers a pitch during a

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A few updates from Mets camp (translation: the daily injury report).

-- In Shaun Marcum's injury-plagued pitching career, he has dealt with various maladies in his back, leg, knee, hip, finger, elbow and shoulder. But until his bullpen session yesterday, he had never been derailed by a pain in the neck. The 31-year-old Marcum has been sent to a doctor and has been scratched...

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Collins: Feliciano decision not just about velocity

Terry Collins sits in the dugout before a

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Mets beat the Braves 7-4 in Grapefruit League action on Monday afternoon. Righthander Dillon Gee tossed six shutout innings and the Mets got homers from Collin Cowgill and a pair of recent cuts -- Andrew Brown and Jamie Hoffmann.

Manager Terry Collins touched on a few topics in his postgame briefing with reporters:

-- Collins offered a reminder that few...

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Den Dekker won't need surgery on broken wrist

Matt den Dekker catches a ball hit by

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Matt den Dekker shared the latest on his fractured right wrist on Monday afternoon. Via his Twitter feed, @UpperDekker: "Best possible news no surgery just gotta wear this thing for a month #LGM pic.twitter.com/mreP2nXqjW"

Indeed, it's an encouraging development for the Mets and den Dekker, who garnered attention this spring with his highlight-reel defense...

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Gee bounces back with six shutout innings

Dillon Gee watches an intrasquad game from the

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Dillon Gee had just gotten rocked.

But of all the things that unfolded in his start last Wednesday, on a dreary night against the Astros, the righthander focused on his final inning. He worked a quick, clean, scoreless frame on an otherwise difficult night.

"I was aggressive," Gee said last week. "The tempo was way better. The ball was coming...

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David Wright feels good after another day of workouts

David Wright gets ready to take batting practice

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- David Wright offered another encouraging update about his status for Opening Day. The Mets third baseman said he emerged from another day of workouts on Monday afternoon with no issues in his strained left intercostal muscle.

On Monday, as the team traveled to play the Braves, Wright stayed behind to to receive treatment and continue on his rehab plan. He reported...

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What veteran catcher John Buck brings to the table

Catcher John Buck doing catching drills today during

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- John Buck recognized the signs as early as the first inning. Matt Harvey's fastball tailed inside. His slider backed up over the plate. In Buck's estimation, Harvey was overthrowing because a.) his stuff felt extraordinarily good and he wanted to dominate the hitters or b.) his stuff felt underwhelming and he hoped to compensate by powering through.

Either way, Buck...

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Who will win each MLB division?

The field is reflected in the sunglasses of

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We are less than a week away from the start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, which means many things, one of which includes preseason predictions.

Below, we ask you to choose the winner of each of MLB's six divisions. At season's end, we'll see how smart everyone was....

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