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Mets Spring Training Photos and Video: February 23, 2012

Some photos from morning workouts in Port St. Lucie and video of Travis d'Arnaud blocking pitches.

This morning in Port St. Lucie, the Mets are preparing for their first spring training game, which begins at 12:10 pm today against the Washington Nationals. As usual, the players started with a team stretch and broke out into groups. The catchers practiced blocking pitches off a pitching machine operated by Bob Geren, and I was able to get some video of Travis d'Arnaud honing his pitch-blocking craft.

As you can see in the photos above, Jenrry Mejia threw a bullpen after reporting to spring training yesterday, and the rest of the players were running through some routine drills. Zack Wheeler was in the cage practicing bunting and taking a few swings. If you didn't already know, Wheeler's a left-handed hitter despite the fact that he's a right-handed pitcher.

I also bumped into Sandy Alderson, who said that d'Arnaud and Wheeler — assuming they start the year in Vegas — will be deemed ready much in the same fashion that Matt Harvey was last year, after more or less mastering the Triple-A level.