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Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

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Getty ImagesThe Mets are due to face (l to r) Jose Fernandez, Kevin Slowey and Tom Koehler this weekend at Citi Field.
METS (23-33, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (16-44, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Matt Harvey (5-0, 2.17) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (3-3, 3.34), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Shaun Marcum (0-6, 5.71) vs. RHP Kevin Slowey (1-5, 4.16), 1:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.40) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (0-4, 3.70), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Giancarlo Stanton, who has been out since straining his right hamstring against the Mets on April 29, began a rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A Jupiter. Also in the midst of rehab assignments: Donovan Solano (intercostal muscle), Joe Mahoney (hamstring) and Logan Morrison. Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder) has one remaining rehab start before returning from the disabled list.


Laurence Kesterson/Associated PressCasey Kotchman returned Monday, after a two-month absence.


Once Stanton returns, Chris Coghlan should get exposure at third base and rookie Marcell Ozuna in center field and left field. Coghlan hasn’t been an everyday third baseman since 2009 in Triple-A, but he manned the hot corner during his college career at Ole Miss.

• Ozuna, who has been starting in right field in Stanton’s absence, lost a 16-game hitting streak last Saturday against the Mets. It was the second-longest streak for a rookie in Marlins history, trailing only Edgar Renteria’s 22-game streak in 1996.

• After last weekend’s series against the Mets, the Marlins activated first baseman Casey Kotchman from the DL and promoted left-hander Edgar Olmos from Double-A. Left-hander Wade LeBlanc was designated for assignment and outfielder Jordan Brown was demoted to Triple-A.

• Highly regarded outfield prospect Christian Yelich, who excelled against the Mets during spring training, landed on the disabled list at Double-A Jacksonville with an abdominal strain. That will delay his promotion.

Ed Lucas, whose first major league hit came last weekend in Miami against the Mets, is the oldest position player ever to make his major league debut with the Marlins. The oldest players ever to debut for the Marlins, regardless of position: Joe Strong (2000, 37 years 245 days), Lucas (2013, 31 years 9 days), Chuck Smith (2000, 30 years 326 days), Joe Dillon (2005, 29 years 289 days) and Tommy Phelps (2003, 29 years 27 days).

Lucas’ four-hit game Sunday made him the fastest ever to accomplish that feat to begin his major league career with the Marlins -- his third game, and second start. Hanley Ramirez had a four-hit game in his fourth career game. Ozuna did it in his sixth career game, earlier this season.

Tom Koehler is a Stony Brook University product.

• Closer Steve Cishek blew a save Tuesday, serving up an extra-innings homer to Philadelphia’s John Mayberry Jr. He has converted five of seven chances.

• Former Marlins manager Jack McKeon, who remains a presence around the organization, underwent heart bypass surgery Monday. He is 82.

• Miami is 6-3 against the Mets this season.

Juan Pierre has a .322 career average against the Mets. His 157 hits against the Mets are his most against any club. Only Jimmy Rollins (245) has more hits against the Mets among active players.

Ricky Nolasco and reliever Ryan Webb are available via trade, but not Cishek or left-hander Mike Dunn, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

May, 31, 2013
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The Mets face (l to r) Jacob Turner, Jose Fernandez and Kevin Slowey this weekend in Miami.
METS (22-29, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (13-41, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Shaun Marcum (0-5, 5.77) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (0-0, -.--), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Collin McHugh (0-0, 12.00) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (2-3, 3.78), 4:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Matt Harvey (5-0, 1.85) vs. RHP Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.59), 1:10 p.m. ET

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• The Marlins are 5-22 in May. A loss in the series opener against the Mets will match June 2011 (5-23) for the most defeats in a month in franchise history.


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Marcell Ozuna has a 15-game hitting streak.


Giancarlo Stanton, who suffered a hamstring strain April 29 running to first base against the Mets, has developed sore knees while rehabbing, further delaying his return.

Rookie Marcell Ozuna, who has started every game in right field since Stanton landed on the disabled list, has hit safely in 15 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors. The streak is tied with Chuck Carr (1993) for second-longest by a rookie in Marlins history. The rookie record holder is Edgar Renteria, who hit safely in 22 straight games in 1996.

Jacob Turner, who was acquired last July 23 in the Anibal Sanchez trade with the Detroit Tigers, makes his season debut with the Marlins after 10 starts with Triple-A New Orleans. The Marlins hoped Turner would make the rotation out of spring training, but that did not materialize after he produced a 9.69 ERA in Grapefruit League play.

Alex Sanabia landed on the disabled list with a groin injury, creating the rotation vacancy.

Nathan Eovaldi is nearing a return, too. He pitched in a rehab game Thursday against the St. Lucie Mets. (First baseman Casey Kotchman appeared in the same Florida State League game against the Mets as Eovaldi.)

• Rookie Jose Fernandez is coming off his shortest career outing. He allowed seven runs (four earned) in 3 1/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, including a three-run homer to Kelly Johnson in a six-run second.

• Outfielder Chris Coghlan has started 12 straight games, primarily in left field, which had been Juan Pierre’s domain. The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year, Coghlan is hitting .333 during that stretch and is batting leadoff. Pierre is hitting .222, with a .276 on-base percentage.

Kevin Slowey was forced to leave a May 22 start after five innings with a left lat strain, but made his next start and remained in the rotation. The ex-Twin Slowey had tried to warm up for the sixth but was pulled from the game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

• Miami released ex-Met Jon Rauch on May 22 with a 7.56 ERA. Fellow ex-Met John Maine had been designated for assignment in April. Neither has resurfaced with another organization.

• Outfielder Logan Morrison (knee surgery in September) has started a rehab assignment, but is not due to be activated for the Mets series.

• Utilityman Ed Lucas made his major league debut Thursday at age 31. He replaced infielder Nick Green, who was designated for assignment.

Minors 5.30.13: J-Rod hit streak at 16

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LAS VEGAS 11, RENO 1: Brandon Hicks, Josh Satin and Brian Bixler all homered. Hicks and Wilmer Flores drove in three runs apiece. Starter Chris Schwinden limited Reno to one run in 6 2/3 innings as the 51s (26-26) reached .500. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, ALTOONA 4: Josh Rodriguez's single drove in the tiebreaking run in the eighth as the B-Mets (31-23) took the rubber match. Rodriguez’s 16-game hitting streak is

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the longest by a B-Met since Matt den Dekker had a 17-game streak last season. Jarek Cunningham's solo homer opened a three-run second inning against B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni. Fielding letdowns contributed. Gift Ngoepe's grounder went through third baseman Richard Lucas' legs for the game's first error. After moving to third base on a groundout, Ngoepe scored on shortstop Danny Muno's fielding error. Binghamton cracked the scoreboard in the fifth. Mazzoni led off with a single. Two batters later, Rodriguez tripled. Puello followed with a sharp single to make it 3-2. Andrew Lambo answered in the top of the sixth with a towering solo homer. Darrell Ceciliani opened the next half-inning with a bloop single. On the next pitch, Lucas delivered a run-scoring double. After Xorge Carillo singled to put runners on the corners, Joe Bonfe hit a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to tie the score at 4. Mazzoni received a no-decision. He struck out a season-high nine over six innings. Adam Kolarek (2-1) pitched two perfect relief innings, striking out four. In the eighth, Quinton Miller plunked Carillo. Alonzo Harris pinch-ran and moved to second on a sac bunt. After Muno also was hit by a pitch, Rodriguez singled to plate Harris. Puello's RBI single capped the scoring. Jeff Walters tossed a scoreless ninth for his league-leading 13th save. Dylan Owen (right knee strain) was placed on the DL. Ryan Fraser was promoted from St. Lucie. Box

JUPITER 4. ST. LUCIE 3: Rehabbing Casey Kotchman delivered a bases-loaded single in the 10th against Randy Fontanez to sink St. Lucie (29-22). Right-hander Luis Mateo, activated from the Binghamton DL and transferred to St. Lucie, pitched a scoreless ninth. Starter Rainy Lara has limited Jupiter to three runs (one earned) in eight innings. Travis Taijeron's two-run homer in the second inning against rehabbing Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi had given the Mets an early 2-0 lead. A fielding error by shortstop Matt Reynolds contributed to a three-run fifth against Lara. Box

SAVANNAH 8, KANNAPOLIS 2
KANNAPOLIS 5, SAVANNAH 4 (11 innings): The Gnats won the completion of a suspended game behind Marco Camarena, who allowed one run and one hit in five innings. Stefan Sabol finished the game 4-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBIs. Jayce Boyd and Kevin Plawecki also drove in two runs apiece. In the regularly scheduled game, Paul Sewald -- in his third inning of relief -- surrendered a walk-off RBI single to Jake Brown in the 11th. Eudy Pina and Maikis De La Cruz homered in the loss. Brandon Nimmo went 2-for-5 and snapped an 0-for-25 hitless drought. Left-hander Steven Matz was placed on the DL with a blister. Box 1, Box 2

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Series preview: Mets at Marlins

April, 28, 2013
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The Mets face (l to r) Jose Fernandez, Kevin Slowey and Wade LeBlanc during their series in Miami this week.
METS (10-13, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (6-19, fifth place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Matt Harvey (4-0, 1.54) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (0-2, 4.50), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 5.12) vs. RHP Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.43), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Dillon Gee (1-4, 5.96) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-4, 6.20), 12:40 p.m. ET

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• Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton finally homered Saturday, in his 75th plate appearance of the season. Stanton, who led the National League in slugging percentage in 2012, added two more homers Sunday. He went RBI-less in his first 12 games of the season, but has produced nine RBIs in his past seven games.


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Giancarlo Stanton has belted three homers in his past two games.


• Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (bruised right elbow) is due to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Class A Jupiter and is not expected to be activated until after the Mets series. Chris Valaika started four straight games at the position before Nick Green got the nod Sunday. Green homered for the first time since 2009.

• Rookie Jose Fernandez has allowed nine runs in nine innings over his past two starts. He has been kept on a tight pitch count. He has thrown 80, 85, 79 and 79 pitches in his four major league starts. Fernandez, who allowed only two homers in 138 1/3 minor league innings (all in Class A), surrendered his first big league long ball Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins. Oswaldo Arcia took the 20-year-old Fernandez deep.

Fernandez, a Cuban defector, was taken with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of high school in Tampa. The Mets selected outfielder Brandon Nimmo one pick earlier. Besides Fernandez, three of the other first 100 picks in that ’11 draft have reached the majors: right-hander Trevor Bauer, third overall, UCLA, Arizona Diamondbacks; right-hander Dylan Bundy, fourth overall, Owasso (Okla.) H.S., Baltimore Orioles; and outfielder Jackie Bradley, 40th overall, University of South Carolina, Boston Red Sox.

• Owner Jeffrey Loria created another stir when he was accused in a report of dictating which game of a day-night doubleheader Fernandez pitched in Minnesota. Loria denied a role.

• Ex-Minnesota Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey is winless through five starts despite a 2.43 ERA. The Marlins have scored a total of six runs in Slowey’s five outings. Slowey did not appear in the majors last season. He made eight Triple-A starts with the Cleveland Indians in 2012 before being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his rib cage.

Mike Redmond, the first-year Marlins manager, caught Slowey’s major league debut on June 1, 2007. Slowey limited Bob Geren’s Oakland Athletics to one run in six innings in an eventual 3-2, 10-inning win.

• Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler joined the Marlins’ bullpen on April 19, replacing John Maine, who was designated for assignment. Maine, in his first major league duty since 2010 with the Mets, allowed 15 hits and 10 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings spanning four appearances.

• Closer Steve Cishek has three losses and a blown save and has allowed runs in six of 11 appearances this season. He earned his third save Sunday despite surrendering a homer to the Cubs’ Dioner Navarro.

• Rookie Joe Mahoney is day to day with right hamstring tightness. Mahoney had taken over for plug Greg Dobbs at first base in Casey Kotchman and Logan Morrison’s absences before this hamstring issue arose. Mahoney is a waiver claim from the Baltimore Orioles. He played at Triple-A Norfolk in 2012. The 26-year-old Mahoney was activated from the DL on April 17 after recovering from an oblique injury.

Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

April, 4, 2013
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The Mets face (l to r) right-handers Alex Sanabia, Ricky Nolasco and Jose Fernandez this weekend.
METS (2-1, second place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (0-3, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-0, -.--) vs. RHP Alex Sanabia (0-0, -.--), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-5, 2.70) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.00), 1:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Aaron Laffey (0-0, -.--) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (0-0, -.--), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Jose Fernandez, the 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of high school in Tampa, will make his major league debut Sunday. The 20-year-old right-hander went a combined 14-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 25 Class A starts last season between Greensboro and Jupiter.

The Marlins opted to use the rookie with Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez on the disabled list, both with shoulder inflammation.

Fernandez arrived in the U.S. from Cuba by boat as a refugee in 2008. In preparation for Sunday’s start, Fernandez threw a simulated game Tuesday in D.C., with first-year manager Mike Redmond and hitting coach Tino Martinez acting as batters. Both are not that far removed from major league careers.


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John Maine made the Marlins' Opening Day roster. He last pitched in the majors in 2010 with the Mets.


• Ex-Met John Maine made Miami’s Opening Day roster as a reliever. He did not appear during the season-opening series at D.C., so his first major league action since his Mets days may come this weekend at Citi Field. Maine last threw a big league pitch on May 20, 2010 in Washington. It was after that abbreviated outing that pitching coach Dan Warthen called Maine a “habitual liar” with respect his truthfulness about injuries. Maine went 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in six games during spring training. He struck out nine and walked nine in 13 2/3 innings.

• Fellow ex-Met Jon Rauch signed a one-year, $1 million free-agent contract with the Marlins on Feb. 5.

• Miami, which completed its latest fire sale during the offseason, mustered only one run while getting swept in a season-opening three-game series at Nationals Park. The Marlins became the first team to total no more than one run in the team's first three games since the 1988 Orioles (also one run), according to ESPN Stats & Information. The '88 Orioles opened that season 0-21.

• Third baseman Placido Polanco batted cleanup the first two games of the season. He had never started a game in that slot previously in his 16-year career.

• First baseman Casey Kotchman will land on the disabled list Friday, two days after straining his left hamstring. He becomes the third first baseman the Marlins have lost this season. Logan Morrison (knee surgery) is on the 60-day DL, while Joe Mahoney is on the 15-day DL with an intercostal strain. Among the flurry of moves last season, the Marlins traded first baseman Gaby Sanchez to the Pittsburgh Pirates last July 31.

Greg Dobbs should handle the bulk of the first-base duty for now, while Austin Kearns and rookie Chris Valaika may see action at the position, too.

Giancarlo Stanton, the lone remaining threat in Miami’s lineup, led the NL in slugging percentage (.608) and finished second to Ryan Braun in homers last season, with 37. Stanton now has 93 career homers, matching Frank Robinson for fifth-most in MLB history before turning 23. The only players with more: Mel Ott (115), Eddie Mathews (112), Tony Conigliaro (104) and Alex Rodriguez (95).

• Catcher Miguel Olivo signed with Miami on March 29 after playing in 21 games for the Cincinnati Reds during spring training. Jeff Mathis suffered a broken right clavicle early in spring training.

• In the Nov. 19 trade that sent Jose Reyes, John Buck, Emilio Bonifacio, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to Toronto, the Marlins received minor leaguers Anthony DeScalfani, Jake Marisnick and Justin Nicolino as well as Alvarez, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria and Mathis. Reyes bristled during spring training at Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, after Loria denied advising Reyes days before the trade to buy a house in Miami.

Alex Sanabia, 24, will make his first major league appearance since Sept. 24, 2011 in the series opener. He went 6-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 17 starts last season at Triple-A New Orleans, where he also had three DL stints.

Marlins 4, Mets 2: TC keeping the faith

March, 16, 2013
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Shaun Marcum allowed two runs on five hits and one walk in four innings as the Mets lost to the Miami Marlins, 4-2, Saturday at Tradition Field.

“The mechanics are starting to feel a lot better,” Marcum said. “I feel like I’m starting to repeat them a lot more. Other than that, now it’s just starting to mix in some more pitches. I threw some cutters today.”

Marcum said the cutter is a “huge” pitch for him.

“I don’t throw awful hard, so I have got to be able to locate that pitch and have my two-seamer to go along with that -- try to play that crisscross game where I’m cutting it in and sinking it away and stuff like that,” Marcum said. “So it’s very important for me.”


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Pedro Feliciano worked an inning-plus Saturday.


Game tidbits:

KEEP THE FAITH: Terry Collins had not yet received the X-ray results on Justin Turner’s sprained right ankle postgame, but the manager also believed it was not severe. Collins said Zach Lutz will start at third base Sunday against the Atlanta Braves.

“I don’t think Justin is very serious the way it sounded,” Collins said. “It is what it is. You can’t get discouraged. You can’t get down. … If you let it get you down, all of a sudden it spreads to the players. They get frustrated.

“Hey, look, it’s spring training. We’ve still got 15 games to go. We’ve got to go play. You’ve got to get yourself ready, let the trainers do their thing, let the doctors do their thing. And then we’ve got to get the players ready that are remaining here. When we get to the end of spring training, we’ll decide which 25 are physically able to go north.”

PERPETUAL CHALLENGE: Lefty specialist Pedro Feliciano, whose velocity is still hovering in the 83 mph range, nonetheless tossed a 1-2-3 sixth inning with two strikeouts -- against lefty-hitting Chris Coghlan and righty-hitting Donovan Solano.

Feliciano stayed on for the following frame and surrendered a leadoff double to lefty Casey Kotchman before departing. Greg Burke inherited Kotchman and allowed him to score.

OVERTIME FACEOFF: Jeurys Familia departed in the ninth with his pitch count at 45 after a 17-pitch faceoff against Chone Figgins that ended with a walk. Familia walked three and allowed two hits during a 1 1/3-inning appearance. He surrendered a solo homer to Marlins top prospect Christian Yelich.

TWIN KILLING: Right-hander Dylan Owen, borrowed from minor league camp, completed the top of the ninth after Familia exited. Owen coaxed a double-play grounder from Nick Green, the lone batter he faced. Owen, 26, went 4-9 with a 6.28 ERA in 28 appearances (10 starts) with Triple-A Buffalo last season.

Marlins 7, Mets 5: Where's Mejia's cutter?

February, 26, 2013
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JUPITER, Fla. -- Terry Collins said Jenrry Mejia needs to rediscover what happened to the natural cutting action on his fastball -- the movement that once had been compared to the action on Mariano Rivera’s cutter.

Mejia surrendered five runs, including a grand slam to Casey Kotchman, while lasting only an inning in his first 2013 Grapefruit League action. The Mets ultimately lost to the Marlins, 7-5, Tuesday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.


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Zach Lutz, playing first base, tracks down a pop-up from Giancarlo Stanton during Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.


“I haven’t been around him much except for the first year,” Collins said, referring to 2011, when Collins oversaw the farm system. “I don’t know if with the elbow injury, the Tommy John, there are any mechanical changes that have occurred because of that. I don’t know.”

Collins said Mejia was prepared for Tuesday’s outing, noting the right-hander actually pitched in two games -- not one -- at the team’s Dominican academy while his visa issue was being resolved.

Collins added that Mejia ought to have an urgency to perform (although, it’s worth noting, Mejia would not be a candidate to break camp with the Mets unless a starting pitcher is unavailable).

“Because he has been throwing every day, he certainly should be ready,” Collins said. “… It’s a little different when you’re a 10-year veteran and you know how to get ready. It’s another thing when you’re somebody who is trying to impress the manager. … He just threw way too many balls in the middle of the plate.”

Collins, like Dan Warthen and Wally Backman previously, suggested he can see Mejia’s career role being in the bullpen, even if he is a starting pitcher now.

“Jenrry, maybe, his best slot is going to be coming out of that bullpen,” Collins said. “He’s got a great arm. If he can regain the cutter that he had three years ago, that’s a pretty dynamic situation.”

Game tidbits:

MR. PERFECT: Right-handed prospect Cory Mazzoni tossed three perfect innings in relief of Mejia, including coaxing Giancarlo Stanton into a pop out. Mazzoni, a second-round pick from NC State in 2011, has now tossed five scoreless innings in Grapefruit League play, allowing only one hit and no walks.

“He’s been everything I heard about him,” Collins said. “This winter I had some people tell me, ‘Wait until you see [Rafael] Montero and Mazzoni.”

WE MEET AGAIN: Ex-Met Jon Rauch tossed a scoreless inning against his former employer. He consecutively retired Zach Lutz, Brian Bixler and Landon Powell.

TWO DEEP: Hansel Robles surrendered sixth-inning solo homers to Stanton and Matt Downs as Miami built a 7-2 lead.

HOW THEY SCORED: The Mets produced three runs in the eighth against right-hander Chris Hatcher. Travis d’Arnaud contributed a bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Wilfredo Tovar added an RBI single.

Jenrry Mejia slammed in spring debut

February, 26, 2013
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Jenrry Mejia experienced early trouble in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game.


JUPITER, Fla. -- Jenrry Mejia’s first 2013 spring-training outing wasn’t worth the wait.

Mejia, whose arrival in camp was delayed by scrutiny of his visa application, surrendered a grand slam to Casey Kotchman in a five-run first inning and departed.

Mejia got himself in trouble right away. He fielded Juan Pierre’s leadoff bunt, but fired high to Zach Lutz at first base. Pierre reached third on the errant throw, and scored on Placido Polanco’s ensuing single.

Kotchman actually was playing with four stitches in his right ring finger as the result of an accident during a pop-up drill, yet he went deep to right field on a fastball from Mejia.

Mejia’s final line: 1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. He threw 30 pitches (15 strikes).

“I tried to throw to first base,” Mejia said about the misfire on Pierre’s bunt. “That happens sometimes. I have to work a little bit on defense. But, like I said before, that happens sometimes.”

Mejia will work as a starter in spring training and early in the regular season.

He said he was ready for his first Grapefruit League appearance. He threw at the Mets’ Dominican Republic academy before the visa situation was resolved.

Mejia threw only threw fastballs, curveballs and sliders.

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