New York Mets: Ricardo Nanita

Mejia has forearm bruise, to get X-rays

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Eric Bolte/USA TODAY SportsJenrry Mejia was forced from Friday's game after getting struck with a line drive in the right forearm.
MONTREAL -- Jenrry Mejia’s final bid for a rotation spot ended with a knockout Friday night at Olympic Stadium.

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins’ liner struck Mejia in the right forearm to open the bottom of the fifth inning. After a visit from Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez, Mejia slowly walked off the mound.

Mejia departed for a local hospital as the game ended to get X-rays.

The forearm issue raises questions about whether Mejia will be available to take a potential start next Friday against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field.

“I’ll tell you one thing: When I walked out there, I don’t think I’ve seen a lump on a guy’s arm come up so fast,” Collins said. “He got it pretty good.”

Collins appeared to suggest pregame Friday that Mejia was headed for the Game 4 start against the Reds, with Daisuke Matsuzaka being held back for a potential start two days later as a hedge against Jonathon Niese not being ready to return from a season-opening DL trip.

Now, if Mejia is unavailable, Matsuzaka likely would start Game 4 and John Lannan would be the hedge against Niese being unavailable.

“One thing we’re very, very lucky to have right now is some depth,” Collins said. “We’ve got Lannan stretched out if we need a guy, obviously Dice-K tomorrow. The best thing is Jon Niese felt great today. He threw 45 ... from 90 feet -- no discomfort -- after pitching yesterday. So it looks like he’s going to make that [minor-league] start on the 1st [of April] and get to 90 pitches or so.”

Mejia had been forced from his previous start after five innings because of discomfort with a bunion on the outside of his right big toe.

Until Mejia was forced to depart his final 2014 exhibition appearance, he had limited the Blue Jays to a fourth-inning solo homer by Jose Bautista.

Combining this performance with his Grapefruit League showing, Mejia produced a 2.70 ERA in 13 1/3 innings.

The Mets ultimately lost Friday’s game, 5-4, on a walk-off single by Ricardo Nanita against Bobby Parnell.

Chris Young contributed a two-run double against left-hander Mark Buehrle in the top of the fourth to open the game’s scoring. Daniel Murphy had a run-scoring double an inning later that staked the Mets to a 3-1 lead.

In the seventh, Travis d’Arnaud staked the Mets to a 4-2 lead with a solo homer against Long Island native Marcus Stroman. D’Arnaud had been acquired from the Blue Jays with Noah Syndergaard for R.A. Dickey.

Gonzalez Germen surrendered a game-tying two-run single to Edwin Encarnacion a half-inning later.

On his struggling relievers, Collins said: “At this particular time I think you’d probably wish the bullpen would come in and pound the strike zone. But one of the things we certainly know is that there are good arms down there. Bobby threw the ball hard tonight, which was good, but the command was not where he’s used to throwing it. We’ve got two days. We’ve got to get them in there and get them some work and get ready for Monday.”

The game drew an announced crowd of 46,121. That marked the largest crowd at Olympic Stadium for MLB since Opening Day in 2000, when 51,249 came to watch the Expos face the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“I’ve been here when the crowds are like that. I know what it’s like. I was here in ’94,” Collins said. “… I thought it was great for the city of Montreal. I thought it was great for baseball. I really did. Both teams really responded to it. In a game like this, usually guys this late in spring training are looking for ways to get out of a lineup. And tonight they wanted to stay in the lineup because of the fans.”

What’s next: The Mets play their final 2014 exhibition game at 1:10 p.m. Saturday, also against the Jays at Olympic Stadium. Matsuzaka opposes right-hander Brandon Morrow.

Minors 4.18.13: Muno's 3 RBIs lift B-Mets

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LAS VEGAS 10, SACRAMENTO 6: Right fielder Andrew Brown went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and RBI and left-hander Darin Gorski recorded his first Triple-A victory. Gorski pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed six hits, three runs and struck out four. The final run charged to him scored when Armando Rodriguez allowed an inherited runner to score on a homer. Demoted Greg Burke tossed a scoreless inning in his 51s debut. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, NEW HAMPSHIRE 3: Danny Muno had two hits and three RBIs and the B-Mets produced a season-high five doubles. Binghamton played catch-up after Tyler Pill stumbled in the third. Ricardo Nanita doubled and scored two batters later on Amadeo

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Zazueta’s RBI single. Kevin Pillar made it 2-0 by scorching an RBI single under shortstop Wilfredo Tovar’s glove. Pill escaped further damage by striking out Brad Glenn and ex-Mets farmhand Adam Loewen to strand the bases loaded. Binghamton answered in the fourth against Fisher Cats starter Ryan Tepera. Cesar Puello roped his second triple of the season and scored on Muno's single. After Nanita extended New Hampshire's lead with a solo homer in the fourth, the B-Mets used three doubles to take the lead in the sixth. Cory Vaughn began the two-bagger parade. Tepera then hit pinch-hitter Allan Dykstra with a 2-2 offering and exited after Francisco Pena’s sac bunt. Chorye Spoone inherited both runners and fell behind Muno, 2-0. Muno then laced a game-tying two-run double. Alonzo Harris followed by dumping an RBI double into center, giving Binghamton a 4-3 lead. Pill preserved the lead with a perfect sixth inning. He allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking one. John Church, Chase Huchingson and Jeff Walters (fourth save) combined for three scoreless relief innings. Box

FORT MYERS 11, ST. LUCIE 8: Noah Syndergaard, the righty pitching prospect acquired from the Blue Jays with Travis d'Arnaud, surrendered seven runs on eight hits and two walks in three innings. It marked the most runs surrendered by Syndergaard in four seasons as a professional. St. Lucie overcame a 7-2 deficit by scoring five runs in the third inning, with the damage partly coming on a two-run homer by Matt Reynolds. St. Lucie then took an 8-7 the lead in the fourth on Aderlin Rodriguez's solo homer. However, Wanel Mesa (0-1), Hamilton Bennett and Randy Fontanez combined to surrender four runs over the final three innings. Box

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LAKEWOOD 3, SAVANNAH 2: Gabriel Ynoa (1-2) surrendered three runs on five hits and two walks in six innings as the Gnats opened a series in Lakewood, N.J., with a loss. Trailing 3-0, Savannah got a two-run homer from Eudy Pina in the fifth. Yucarybert De La Cruz doubled with two outs in the eighth, but Brandon Nimmo grounded out to end the threat. Nimmo went 0-for-4 as his average slipped to .411. He had been 10-for-19 with a homer and five RBIs over his previous four games. Box

Minors 4.13.13: Matz effective for 5 innings

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COLORADO SPRINGS 11, LAS VEGAS 6: Starter Darin Gorski surrendered five runs on six hits and four walks in two innings. Josh Satin went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer, three RBIs and three walks in the loss. He is hitting .474. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 6, BINGHAMTON 1: Starting pitcher Erik Goedell walked four batters in

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4 1/3 innings before departing. B-Mets pitchers combined to walk nine. Reliever Adrian Rosario issued a bases-loaded walk to Ricardo Nanita in the sixth. John Church then entered and surrendered two more bases-loaded walks. For the inning, the Fisher Cats scored three runs on one hit. Binghamton had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Ryan Tepera. Alonzo Harris led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a fielder’s interference call, then scored on a fielder’s choice by Richard Lucas. After the rough first inning, Tepera breezed through the Binghamton lineup for the next five innings. He allowed no more than four B-Mets to come to the plate in an inning. Tepera threw six innings, gave up one unearned run and allowed three hits. Fernando Hernandez threw the final three innings for New Hampshire and earned his first 2013 save. The B-Mets loaded the bases in the ninth, but couldn’t push a run across. Binghamton went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. New Hampshire manager Gary Allenson was ejected in the sixth inning by third-base ump Brian Reilly. B-Mets center fielder Darrell Ceciliani was ejected in the same frame by plate umpire Jeff Morrow for arguing balls and strikes. Box

BRADENTON 4, ST. LUCIE 3: Starter Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out eight in five innings. St. Lucie took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh when T.J. Rivera's fielder's choice groundout scored Travis Taijeron, who had singled. But Estarlin Morel (1-1) surrendered two runs in the bottom half. Rivera now has 11 RBIs. Box

SAVANNAH 8, ROME 6: Left-hander Steven Matz allowed one unearned run in the first inning, then settled down to retire 12 of the next 13 hitters he faced in five innings of work.

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Matz, the Mets' top pick in 2009, struck out seven and walked one in his second start. The Gnats broke a 6-all tie with two runs in the seventh against Braves reliever Lucas Sims. Sims walked Yucarybert De La Cruz, then hit Brandon Nimmo in the foot. Jayce Boyd brought home De La Cruz with an infield groundout. Kevin Plawecki plated Nimmo with a double for an 8-6 lead. Savannah had scored four times in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead. With Cole Frenzel at third, De La Cruz lined a single off Braves starter Patrick Scoggin to score Frenzel. Scoggin left the game, escorted by the Rome trainer. Brandon Rohde entered and hit Nimmo with a pitch. Boyd followed with a three-run homer. Rome got a run back in the sixth when Edison Sanchez homered off Tim Peterson. The Gnats answered in the bottom half on doubles from Jeffrey Glenn and Frenzel for a 6-2 lead. The Braves scored four times on six hits in the seventh. However, with two men aboard and no outs, Julian Hilario struck out three Braves in a row to preserve a tie. Hilario delivered a 1-2-3 eighth for his first win. Hunter Carnevale worked around two singles in the ninth for his first save of 2013. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187