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Mets struggling with rash of injuries

Ike Davis, left, and Lucas Duda during Mets

Ike Davis, left, and Lucas Duda during Mets spring training on Monday, February 24, 2014 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Mets' recent rash of minor injuries has put the team's first- base battle on hold -- at least temporarily.

The Mets scratched Ike Davis from Monday's 6-2 Grapefruit League win over the Braves when he complained of tightness in his calves.

Lucas Duda was pulled after two at-bats with leg stiffness.

"It's just all of a sudden, these fields are starting to harden up due to the great weather we've had," manager Terry Collins said.

After a day off Sunday, Davis had been scheduled to play back-to-back games.

Collins said he is tentatively in the lineup Tuesday against the Astros.

Davis was only one of several Mets dealing with nagging issues.

Outfielder Eric Young Jr. expects to make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday.

He has been sidelined by right oblique tightness.

Shortstop Ruben Tejada reported improvement in his tight hamstring after he was a late scratch Sunday.

Collins also has him in the lineup Tuesday.

Lefthander Jon Niese threw a bullpen session and remains on track to pitch in a "B" game against the Astros on Thursday. Niese is dealing with muscle fatigue in his left shoulder.

Closer Bobby Parnell (quadriceps) and starter Bartolo Colon (calf) expect to see action soon.

Extra bases

David Wright and Daniel Murphy are expected to play in their first Grapefruit League games by week's end. Collins has held them out of games to lessen their injury risk . . . Collins said Jenrry Mejia will factor into the fifth-starter competition, though he reiterated that Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan have an edge . . . The Mets agreed to terms with 26 of their pre-arbitration players.

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