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Mets will have moment of silence for Nelson Doubleday Jr., but no plans for uniform patch

New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden, right, poses

New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden, right, poses with publisher Nelson Doubleday at New York's Shea Stadium, after Gooden was named Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America, Nov. 19, 1984. Credit: AP / G. Paul Burnett

ATLANTA - The Mets will honor former owner Nelson Doubleday Jr. with a moment of silence at Friday night's game against the Reds at Citi Field.

The club has no plans to commemorate Doubleday's contributions with a uniform patch or a black armband, a common gesture in recent years for professional sports teams to honor the passing of prominent figures in club history.

Doubleday died at his Locust Valley home on Wednesday. He was 81.

The publishing magnate's association with the club began in 1980, when he purchased the Mets as majority owner. His stewardship included the team's 1986 World Series championship. But his association with the Mets ended in acrimony. In 2002, Doubleday sold his 50 percent share to one-time co-owner Fred Wilpon, with whom he had clashed.

Murphy on track

Daniel Murphy (quadriceps) remains on track to come off the disabled list on Tuesday in Milwaukee. But manager Terry Collins said he's still unsure about how he'll reshuffle the infield once Murphy returns to third base.

"With what's happened with our team here the last two months, I'll wait until Tuesday," he said. "Put him in there and see who's available to play the other positions."

Wheeler rolls on

Zack Wheeler expects to begin throwing next month, the first major hurdle in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. He's anticipating a return date of June or July 2016.

"I really don't want to put a timetable on it, but it's probably somewhere around that," said Wheeler, who joined the team Friday.

Wheeler has spent the bulk of his rehab at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Catching up

Kevin Plawecki started at catcher Friday night for Travis d'Arnaud, whom the Mets are easing back into regular action after a long stint on the DL.

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