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The Mets participated in split-squad games against the Tigers and Cardinals yesterday. Against Detroit, Bartolo Colon threw three innings while allowing one run. On the offensive side, Neil Walker contributed a solo home run as the Mets won 7-3. Against St. Louis, Steven Matz started and also allowed one run over three innings. Although, the Mets dropped the exhibition game 9-4.
Beginning with Colon and Matz yesterday, the Mets are now using their top starting pitchers in Grapefruit League play. The team has been cautious in the wake of an extended postseason run.
The Mets plan to continue to be careful in managing David Wright's playing time this spring, and as a result, he will not make his debut this week. He does expect to be ready for the season opener.
Mike Piazza will be recognized by the state legislature in Albany for his career accomplishments.
Around the NL East
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has a torn ligament in his thumb. He is expected to be out for two to three months.
Yesterday at AA
Lucas Duda is good, and will likely remain good in 2016. Steve Schreiber explained why in his season preview for the Mets' first baseman.
Can you name every Met who has collected five hits in one game? Check out the Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler.
This Date in Mets History
In 1966, it was announced that Casey Stengel had been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Stengel served as the Mets first ever manage before retiring in 1965 after four seasons.