Worth noting

• Second baseman Daniel Murphy (strained right intercostal muscle) plans to play in a Minor League game this weekend, with an eye toward making his Grapefruit League debut next week. Murphy has been taking batting practice and fielding ground balls at the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

• Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis (bone bruise in left knee) is scheduled to return to baseball activities on Thursday. Nieuwenhuis has not played since injuring his knee on March 3.

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