PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — With Grapefruit League games beginning on Thursday, the Mets find themselves dealing with a handful of mostly minor aches and pains.
Rightfielder Curtis Granderson did not participate in workouts for the second straight day because of eye irritation that doctors are still trying to officially diagnose, manager Terry Collins said.
“Right now, there’s no reason why I can’t participate,” Granderson had said earlier in the day, when he planned on participating in some baseball activities.
But later, Collins said the Mets scrapped the workout, partly regarding concerns about the medication that Granderson is taking for the condition.
While the team announced that he had been diagnosed with the highly contagious condition pinkeye, Granderson said doctors were not yet 100 percent sure.
Granderson said cases of pinkeye generally linger much longer than he felt symptoms. He missed workouts on Monday but said the redness in his right eye had subsided by Tuesday.
Meanwhile, infielder Wilmer Flores missed Tuesday’s intrasquad game because of illness. He had originally been slated to play third base.
Righthander Erik Goeddel continues to be slowed by a lat injury that has prevented him from throwing. The reliever is expected to push for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen.
Said Collins: “He’s feeling a little bit better but he hasn’t thrown in quite a while.”
Juan Lagares, Dilson Herrera and T.J. Rivera each homered during the intrasquad game at Tradition Field. The Blue team beat the Orange squad, 4-3, in the Mets’ only scrimmage before beginning exhibition games on Thursday.
Lagares finished 2-for-2 while prospects Matt Reynolds, T.J. Rivera and Dominic Smith also logged two hits each.
Lefty Sean Gilmartin, who has shot of making the Opening Day roster, allowed a run on four hits in two innings. Logan Verrett, another contender to make the roster, tossed two shutout frames.
Lefty Josh Smoker also went two scoreless innings.
“He’s got a real good arm,” Collins said. “I was happy to see him pound the strike zone like that.”
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