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Mets send LI's Steven Matz to minor-league camp

Steven Matz during pitching drills at spring training

Steven Matz during pitching drills at spring training baseball practicein Port St. Lucie on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - What did Terry Collins say to Steven Matz on Monday when he told the impressive Ward Melville product that he was being sent to the minor-league camp as part of the Mets' first cuts of spring training?

"See you soon," Collins said. "See you real soon."

Matz, 22, opened eyes as he threw two scoreless innings with five strikeouts in his first big-league spring training. He is expected to open the season at Class A St. Lucie.

"It was a lot of fun," said Matz, the Mets' top pick in 2009, who returned last year from Tommy John surgery. "I was happy to get the opportunity and all the veteran guys were very nice. I learned a lot. I was talking to [Matt] Harvey the other day about some mechanics and I worked with Dan Warthen a lot on my mechanics and cleaning up my delivery and stuff."

Also cut was reliever Josh Edgin, who pitched in 68 games for the Mets during the last two seasons. But Edgin had a 12.00 ERA and reduced velocity in three appearances. He was not available for comment.

"He's upset about it," Collins said. "He should be. I don't blame him."

Edgin's departure could open the door for Long Beach product John Lannan to stick as a second lefthanded reliever. Lannan, who starts Wednesday vs. St. Louis, also is competing for the fifth starter spot.

Among the others sent to minor-league camp were catcher Kevin Plawecki, infielder Wilfredo Tovar, outfielder Brandon Nimmo and pitcher Jack Leathersich, who gave up a 500-foot home run to Giancarlo Stanton on Monday in an 11-1 loss to the Marlins.

Extra bases

Bartolo Colon allowed three runs in four innings in his spring training debut. Colon allowed five hits, walked one and struck out one . . . Dillon Gee, Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia combined to throw seven dominant innings in a morning B squad game against the Marlins. Gee threw four innings and allowed two hits with three strikeouts. Mejia also struck out three in two perfect innings. Familia struck out one in a 1-2-3 frame . . . Jonathon Niese will make his first appearance Tuesday against the Cardinals and Wilmer Flores will make his first start at shortstop. Ruben Tejada, who picked up his first hit, also made his second error when he booted a routine grounder in the second inning.

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