The Mets are dealing with some injuries to key players.
"I would say most of them are just being cautious," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday. "The things that some of them have, they'd be playing right through during the regular season."
Here's the rundown...
Yoenis Cespedes (shoulder soreness):
Cespedes is back in the lineup today as the DH.
He said Tuesday that he is not concerned with the right shoulder soreness he is dealing with.
"It's something that I'm not worried about," Cespedes said through a translator, adding that his shoulder gets like this at the beginning of every Spring Training because he spends the offseason not throwing.
Jacob deGrom (lower back stiffness):
DeGrom threw a side session Wednesday morning in Port St. Lucie. After throwing, he said the next step will be a full bullpen session and that he thinks he's on track for Opening Day.
"I think if things keep going smooth, I don't think there's a reason I shouldn't be (ready)," he said, adding that he only needs to reach 75 or so pitches by the end of Spring Training to be stretched out enough to start the regular season.
Anthony Swarzak (left calf strain):
Swarzak had an MRI on Wednesday that revealed a strained left calf. He will receive treatment today and not do any other work.
He left Tuesday's game against the Astros in the top of the third inning due to the injury, which he suffered while running to cover first base.
"I'm walking," Swarzak said after departing the game. "I'm standing here right now, so I think we're going to be OK."
Juan Lagares (strained left hamstring):
Lagares, who did baserunning drills on Wednesday, had been expected to make his Spring Training debut by now, but remains out.
"He's been running," Callaway said Tuesday. "I think he ran at 90 percent today. You're gonna see him very soon."
Dominic Smith (strained right quad):
Smith hit in the cage, jogged, and did on-field drills today. He had resumed hitting on Tuesday.
He said Tuesday that he feels better, but that he's not putting a timetable on when he might return.
Michael Conforto (recovery from shoulder surgery):
Conforto advanced today from only hitting off a tee to hitting soft toss. He has been working his way back from shoulder surgery, with an expected return date of roughly May 1.
"There's the May 1st date, and that kind of gives me an idea," he said last week. "As a competitor, it's tough for me not to look at that date and want to get out there before that."