3/14/2014 9:55 P.M. ET
Mets' den Dekker more dialed in this spring
By Christina De Nicola / Special to MLB.com
JUPITER, Fla. -- When Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker tried to brace his fall while diving for a ball in a Grapefruit League game last spring, he fractured his left wrist.
Before the injury, den Dekker hit just .205 with a homer and seven RBIs in 19 spring games. He missed three months before earning his Major League callup in late August.
"I really had to build my strength back up," said den Dekker, who finished with a .207 average and six RBIs in the big leagues. "I worked hard. I came into this spring strong and ready to go."
Through 13 games, Matt den Dekker is 9-for-22 (.409) with a double, triple, three runs and five RBIs for the Mets this spring. Those numbers already top what he did last spring and in 2012, when he batted .143 with a double, triple and three RBIs.
"First week or two, I wasn't feeling great, but not terrible early on," den Dekker said. "The last week or so, I've been feeling a lot better and just going out there and having good at-bats and batting practice. Taking it a day at a time, having a good day every day."
The 26-year-old started in right field and batted second for Friday night's game against the Marlins, going 1-for-3.
By seeing opportunities at the corner-outfield positions, den Dekker gets to show his versatility.
"My past years, I've always struggled when I moved up, and then played well the next year, and I just think it's getting comfortable in the change of surroundings," den Dekker said. "I've been in big league camp before. It's definitely a little more familiarity and knowing what the guys want and how the other guys go about their business.
"I'm just out here trying to compete for a spot and trying to make the team and help them out as much as I can.
Davis, Duda get at-bats in Minor League games
JUPITER, Fla. -- Both candidates for the Mets' first-base job -- Ike Davis and Lucas Duda -- showed progress in their recoveries from injury by playing in Class A games at the Mets' Spring Training complex on Friday afternoon.
Davis, nursing sore calves since early March, went 1-for-3 with a double and two walks. He did not run the bases but lightly jogged before the game.
"Hopefully it feels better by next week to get into the big league games," Davis told reporters in Port St. Lucie. "I actually had a decent day. I kept the ball in the air, which is nice. I didn't roll over anything, but obviously I haven't hit a live ball in about a week or so. I didn't break all my bats and swing and miss every time, so that was nice. I felt good."
Duda, hampered by a left hamstring strain, finished 0-for-4 with a walk in a separate game. He also didn't run the bases but later ran in the outfield.
"The timing is a little bit off, but it felt good, for the most part," Duda said.
Davis and Duda will both get more at-bats on Saturday in Minor League games.
Mets announce roster for Las Vegas weekend
JUPITER, Fla. -- The Mets released their travel roster for this weekend's two-game series in Las Vegas against the Chicago Cubs.
Twenty-three players, including David Wright and Curtis Granderson, as well as three members of the big league coaching staff, will make the trip for the annual Big League Weekend.
Right-hander Bartolo Colon, who has given up three runs in four innings this spring, will start Saturday. Righty Jenrry Mejia will get the nod on Sunday, hoping to build off two scoreless innings. Both games begin at 4:05 p.m. ET and can be seen on MLB.TV.
The roster breakdown is as follows: nine pitchers, three catchers, five infielders and six outfielders. Below is a list of the players and staff.
Pitchers: RHP Joel Carreno, Colon, RHP Cory Mazzoni, Mejia, RHP Rafael Montero, RHP Bobby Parnell, RHP Ryan Reid, RHP Miguel Socolovich and RHP Carlos Torres
Catchers: Juan Centeno, Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.
Infielders: Wilmer Flores, Zach Lutz, Omar Quintanilla, Anthony Seratelli and Wright.
Outfielders: Andrew Brown, Eric Campbell, Granderson, Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Eric Young
Field staff: manager Terry Collins, first-base coach Tom Goodwin, pitching coach Dan Warthen, bullpen catchers Dave Racaniello and Eric Langill, Triple-A Las Vegas manager Wally Backman and Vegas hitting coach George Greer.
• Right-handed starter Jacob deGrom and right-handed reliever Jeff Walters were optioned to the Minors -- where they were expected to start the season -- on Friday morning. deGrom allowed just one run in 7 1/3 innings. Walters gave up a run over 3 2/3 frames. There are now 47 players still in camp.
Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.