Mets Insider: Daniel Murphy has healthy shot at opener

By on March 25, 2015

PORT ST. LUCIE — The Mets are growing more optimistic that Daniel Murphy (hamstring) will be ready for Opening Day — but not so much about Vic Black (shoulder).

“We’re a little more hopeful today that Murphy will be ready,” Sandy Alderson said. “I think Vic’s a question mark at this point. He’s going to play catch (Tuesday), but I’m not sure where he’ll be on Opening Day.”

As for Murphy, Alderson said that a combination of the MRI, and “just how Daniel himself feels,” has left him feeling more hopeful. Murphy has been cleared to participate in additional baseball activities. Black played catch on Tuesday.

“I told Vic, I understand the process involved, but the days are numbered. For him to get back on the mound and face live hitters, I don’t know if we have that kind of time. That’s why we’re taking a look at everyone else and seeing what the best matchups are.”

ON UPSWING

Alderson said that Wilmer Flores continued to improve, two days after fouling a ball off his foot and wearing a walking boot. The shortstop, who was diagnosed with a bruise, did light activities on Tuesday for the first time since suffering the injury. Collins said that he hoped Flores could return to game action on Thursday.

NOT THE ANSWER

Despite a need for lefty bullpen help after Josh Edgin’s Tommy John surgery, the Mets are not interested in 37-year-old lefthander Joe Beimel, who was released by the Texas Rangers. . . . The Mets optioned lefty Jack Leathersich to minor-league camp.

GAME NOTES

The Mets lost to Houston, 4-3. David Wright hit his third home run of the spring, and Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless inning.

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