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...
Jacob deGrom (lower back stiffness):
DeGrom threw a bullpen session this morning in Port St. Lucie, and the plan is for him to be back on the mound on Sunday, he said afterwards.
"I think if things keep going smooth, I don't think there's a reason I shouldn't be (ready for Opening Day)," he said on Wednesday, 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.
Juan Lagares (strained left hamstring):
Lagares, who has been dealing with a tight hamstring, is in the lineup Friday and playing center field for what will be his Grapefruit League debut
Anthony Swarzak (strained left calf):
Swarzak will begin throwing progression on Friday after he received treatment for a strained left calf on Thursday.
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. An MRI on Wednesday revealed the diagnosis.
Dominic Smith (strained right quad):
Smith hit in the cage, jogged, and did on-field drills on Thursday. 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 Thursday from only hitting off a tee to hitting soft toss, and increased his soft toss hitting on Friday. 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."