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Sean Gilmartin, Jack Leathersich get further look as bullpen lefties

Mets pitcher Jack Leathersich is photographed during photo

Mets pitcher Jack Leathersich is photographed during photo day on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - After Friday's 13-2 Grapefruit League victory over the Braves, Mets manager Terry Collins was asked if any of the lefthanded relievers in camp have distinguished themselves.

"Not yet," Collins said, offering a sobering assessment of where the Mets stand.

Josh Edgin, who had been slated to be the Mets' primary lefty reliever, has yet to decide whether to have surgery to repair a weakened ligament in his left elbow.

"I'm looking at the second opinion as more of just a mental thing to try to make the decision a little easier, whatever it may be," said Edgin, whose MRI results have been sent to Dr. James Andrews. "I'm still in the gray area."

Even with rehab, Edgin will miss Opening Day.

Lefty candidates Jack Leathersich and Sean Gilmartin appeared in Friday's victory.

Gilmartin, 24, allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings, but at one point, he walked two of the three lefthanded hitters he faced. Leathersich, 24, allowed one hit in one scoreless inning. He had struggled with command issues during this camp.

The other candidates include Scott Rice and Dario Alvarez.


Extra bases

Bobby Parnell is on track to make his Grapefruit League debut in the next few days. He reported no issues Friday when he threw off the pitcher's mound. He previously was limited to throwing on flat ground as a precaution after straining his left hamstring during fielding drills . . . Lucas Duda played in a simulated game and could be ready for Sunday's game against the Rays in Port Charlotte . . . Outfielder Brandon Nimmo, catcher Xorge Carrillo and shortstop Gavin Cecchini were among the first cuts. Former first-round draft pick Nimmo was limited to two games because of a hand injury.


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