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Mound soon, not yet for Mejia

2/20/2012

Jenrry Mejia, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on May 16, 2011, should be on a mound soon, but Tuesday probably is a little too soon, manager Terry Collins said.

Mejia appeared on a list of pitchers scheduled to throw off a mound Tuesday, but Collins said doctors first want to examine Mejia, just to make sure his recovery is going well. Mejia has thrown on flat ground up to 180 feet in the Dominican Republic and is strong.

"Now I have to work more hard than 2010," Mejia said, alluding to the year he made his major league debut. "I know I can't make the big league team right now because I had Tommy John."

As for his recovery, Mejia said it's going well.

"Sometimes I feel tight. Sometimes I feel good," he said. "That's the situation."

Tuesday's bullpen sessions are highlighted by Johan Santana. Dillon Gee, Matt Harvey, Frank Francisco, Miguel Batista, Tim Byrdak, R.A. Dickey, Jeremy Hefner, Jeurys Familia, Armando Rodriguez, Fernando Cabrera and Daniel Herrera also are scheduled to throw off a mound tomorrow.

Other Monday morning tidbits:

• Assistant GM John Ricco said he expected all Mets players to report on time and did not foresee any visa issues. "We should be good," Ricco said.

Justin Turner rolled into camp Monday after watching his alma mater, Cal State Fullerton, lose games Friday and Saturday at Gainesville to the University of Florida. Turner's college team salvaged Sunday's game after he left. Turner attended the games with fellow CSF products Ricky Romero and Cory Abiso, who pitched in Double-A for the Yankees last season.

Carlos Beltran's original Mets contract called for the organization to have an "enhanced ocular device." That turned out to be a pitching-machine-type contraption that fired tennis balls at players in a cage. Well, Beltran's contract has expired, but the Mets have kept the concept, with Mike Victorn still employed to run the system.

Jason Bay now occupies the spring-training locker formerly belonging to Jose Reyes.