Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Thursday. Here's what we learned...
- RHP Zack Wheeler, who has been dealing with elbow tenderness, felt good Thursday after playing catch and will hopefully throw from the mound on Friday.
- RHP Noah Syndergaard will start on Opening Day, which is April 3 against the Braves at Citi Field.
- Collins does not yet have the starting rotation mapped out for the entire first week of the regular season.
- There will be an added focus on getting OF Curtis Granderson a few more days off than they have in the past.
- Yoenis Cespedes will play left field this season, with no plan to shift him to center field at times.
- Collins thinks OF Jay Bruce put "undue pressure on himself" to perform after being acquired via trade last season.