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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Mejia lands Friday, Duda to get early ABs

By Adam Rubin

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Terry Collins said Jenrry Mejia will land in the U.S. on Friday morning and should be at the complex midday now that his visa issue is resolved.

• Collins plans to get Lucas Duda plenty of at-bats early in Grapefruit League play, even though Duda is returning from offseason surgery to repair a fractured wrist. Duda is working on a new stance, and the manager said he needs to get reps in order to adjust. Duda should start in left field on Saturday, then DH on Sunday.

Frank Francisco will begin to toss a baseball Monday for the first time since being shut down with elbow inflammation, Collins confirmed.