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LI’s Steven Matz unhappy with outing for Mets

Yoenis Cespedes is hit by pitch near his

Yoenis Cespedes is hit by pitch near his right wrist on fastball from Miami Marlins' Edwin Jackson during the fifth inning of exhibitionl game, Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. Credit: AP / Brynn Anderson

JUPITER, Fla. — Steven Matz fired his glove into his locker on Thursday, displeased with his performance in a 6-5 win over the Marlins. The Long Island lefty allowed three runs in four innings — fading as he went along — after taking over for Jacob deGrom.

“At this point, I’m starting to want results a little bit and they’re not there yet,” said Matz, whose spring training ERA rose to 7.00. “But out of the gates, I felt good.”

Manager Terry Collins said fatigue might have come into play.

Meanwhile, with three scoreless innings, deGrom allayed any concerns about the back stiffness that scrubbed his scheduled start on Monday.

“That little time off, skipping that one, helped me out,” said deGrom, who threw 30 pitches.

Cespedes fine

Yoenis Cespedes insisted he was fine after he was removed in the sixth inning after he was struck near the right wrist by Edwin Jackson’s fastball. Collins said Cespedes was pulled because he had reached his three at-bats.

Cespedes started at designated hitter after missing Tuesday’s contest with minor hip stiffness. He went 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Wright on course

David Wright will play third base in his Grapefruit League debut against the Nationals on Friday night.

“As I’ve said all along, we’re right on that schedule,” said Wright, who has been eased into game action, part of the Mets’ plans to manage the back condition spinal stenosis.

In preparation for his first game, Wright went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly during a minor-league game on Thursday. Collins wants Wright to get two or three at-bats.

Catching on

The Mets cut Nevin Ashley, leaving Johnny Monell in camp as the likely backup if Kevin Plawecki begins the year in the minors, where he can accumulate more at-bats.

In refuting multiple reports, general manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets’ interest in acquiring a catcher is limited to adding minor-league depth.

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