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Morning Briefing: Fred gets chatty

3/10/2015

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.

FIRST PITCH: The Mets again are headed to Disney World on Tuesday.

Bartolo Colon, who had a perfect two-inning appearance against the Washington Nationals in his first spring-training start, this time faces the Atlanta Braves at 1:05 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports. He starts opposite right-hander Julio Teheran.

Travis d'Arnaud is due to start at catcher, two days after leaving a game with a sliced left ring finger. The injury did not require stitches. See the full travel roster here.

Brandon Nimmo remains sidelined with a left-thumb injury, which was caused by getting jammed with a pitch. He has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game since Colon’s start five days ago.

Tuesday’s news reports:

• Fred Wilpon met in the manager’s office with Terry Collins after Monday’s 13-2 loss to the Miami Marlins. Wilpon does that routinely during spring trainings, quizzing the manager about the team. In fact, Sandy Alderson walked down the hallway by the office as the meeting was ongoing and kept going on his way, demonstrating this was not some George Steinbrenner-esque eruption. Still, Collins indicated after the roughly 20-minute meeting that he did talk with the owner this time about areas of concern, including the glut of walks and struggling left-handed relief pitching. Wilpon had indicated that he will be around more this spring training in a previous conversation with Collins.

Writes columnist Joel Sherman in the Post:

This collection of Mets could be Fred Wilpon’s last best chance to get a rewrite on his stewardship. Perhaps that is why he is around daily now, a reminder that someone is watching. Maybe this is why he decided to discuss with his manager what was wrong with the team, even if it was only March 9.

Collins admitted talking about what have been the concerns with Wilpon and they are still concerns and that he plans to bear down on those concerns. He added telling Wilpon: “You are going to like what comes out of here.”

Read more from columnist David Lennon in Newsday and news reports in the Times, Journal, Daily News, Record, Newsday and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

Zack Wheeler tossed a perfect, 10-pitch first inning against the Marlins, then lost control. He walked two, hit two batters and was pulled with two outs, having thrown 37 pitches in the frame. After Chasen Bradford allowed three inherited runners to score, Wheeler was charged with six runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Perhaps more alarming, Josh Edgin allowed consecutive run-scoring triples to left-handed batters. Collins expressed serious concern about Edgin’s velocity sagging for a second straight spring training. This time, the Mets have little safety net as far as left-handed relief.

Also in Monday’s game, Daniel Murphy returned from a hand injury. He went 0-for-2 and played four innings at second base.

Read more on Edgin in the Post.

Read more on Wheeler in the Post, Daily News and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

• New commissioner Rob Manfred sat with Wilpon during Monday’s game. Earlier in the day, he met with Mets players and answered questions about pace-of-play rules and other areas of interest. Read more in the Record.

Lucas Duda had a successful batting practice session Monday, as he works back from an intercostal muscle strain on his left side. He is expected to enter Grapefruit League play as soon as Friday. Read more in the Record and Newsday.

• Anthony DiComo at MLB.com goes through Mike Barwis’ workout.

• Joe Lemire in the Journal contrasts players having to be awake early during spring training with being nocturnal during the regular season.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear admits it has never fully understood the most significant Mets story of the past decade. … Mets Report is concerned about Wheeler.

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