3/15/2014 8:43 P.M. ET
Davis, Duda on track to resume first-base battle
By Anthony DiComo and Steve Dorsey / MLB.com
LAS VEGAS -- First basemen Ike Davis and Lucas Duda continued inching forward in their rehab programs Saturday, participating in Minor League games in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Davis finished 0-for-4 with two walks, while Duda was 1-for-6 with a double. Working their way back from a strained left hamstring and soreness in both calves, respectively, neither player ran the bases.
General manager Sandy Alderson said he hoped Duda would be able to do so as soon as Sunday, putting him on track for a return to Grapefruit League action early next week. Davis is a bit behind Duda in his recovery, meaning the middle of next week might be a best-case scenario.
That leaves, at most, a week and a half of Grapefruit League games for the Mets to evaluate Davis and Duda, who are locked in what was supposed to be this camp's most intriguing position battle. With both players sidelined, the competition has so far been anything but intriguing, but the Mets believe there is still enough time left for meaningful evaluation.
"Oh yeah, believe me, we've got lots of at-bats coming up," manager Terry Collins said. "Not just in our games. We're going to use all sorts of means to get them the proper at-bats they need to get ready for the season. So we'll make the call that's going to be in the best interest of our club for sure."
Colon, Collins not concerned about homers
LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Strip is approximately 4.2 miles long. Anthony Rizzo's two home runs off Bartolo Colon may have traveled nearly that far.
The Cubs first baseman blasted two homers off Colon in Saturday's exhibition at Cashman Field, accounting for nearly all of the damage against him in the game. Colon gave up one other run and five additional hits in 4 2/3 innings, bloating his spring ERA to 7.27.
His control and command within the strike zone, however, were what most interested the Mets.
"He's exactly what he's been advertised, a strike-throwing machine," manager Terry Collins said. "That's what he does. He's going to help us. He's going to make a big difference."
Though Cashman Field is known for its hitter-friendly conditions, Rizzo's blasts both sailed well beyond the bounds of any normal ballpark. Through a team spokesman, Colon said he was unconcerned about the homers, saying simply, "It's Spring Training."
Gee sees positives in outing despite high pitch count
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Dillon Gee was not particularly thrilled with his outing Saturday, even though his pitching line suggests otherwise.
Gee threw three scoreless innings in his third Grapefruit League start this spring, but needed 65 pitches to get that far.
"For 65 pitches, I want a little more innings than that," said Gee, who allowed five hits, recorded three strikeouts and issued no walks before exiting the game that ended in a 3-3 tie with the visiting Twins. "It's not good to go three innings with 65 pitches, but that's my work for the day."
Gee, slotted to be the Mets' No. 3 starter when the team breaks camp in two weeks, recorded quality starts in 15 of his last 22 starts in 2013; his 2.71 ERA ranked fifth-best in the National League from May 30 to the end of the season. He allowed two runs or fewer in each of those quality starts, so it's reasonable that he did not feel great about his performance Saturday.
There were positives, however, to be taken from his three-inning stint.
"I didn't give up any runs, that's the key. The changeup felt good today," Gee said. "I threw a lot of pitches when I was behind in the count to get back in the count. I battled. I feel fine. My timing was just off today or something."
Gee said he believes he's capable of delivering a stellar year, similar to the way he performed after the first month of last season.
"Last year, I did pretty well for a long stretch, so why not six months," said Gee, whose ERA dropped to 1.69 for the spring. "Just have to keep working on it."
• Infielder Anthony Seratelli received his Omaha Storm Chasers Triple-A National Championship ring prior to Saturday's game in Las Vegas. Seratelli spent all of last season with the Storm Chasers, the Royals' top affiliate, before signing with the Mets as a Minor League free agent this winter.
• Bobby Parnell breezed through a 1-2-3 inning Saturday in his third Grapefruit League appearance. Parnell, who is recovering from surgery to replace a herniated disc in his neck, has not allowed an earned run in any of his outings.
"His last three or four pitches, he threw them good," Collins said.
• Chris Young was relieved to finally hit his first home run this spring.
"I just need to continue to work on timing," said Young, who went 2-for-3 Saturday against the Twins. "It feels good to square one up, hit one out of the yard ... to let yourself know you can still do it."
• Mets reliever Jeurys Familia, who pitched a perfect ninth for the Mets against the Twins, registered a 100-mph fastball that broke the glove of catcher Taylor Teagarden.
• Zack Wheeler's 0.84 ERA this spring is the third-lowest among NL pitchers with a minimum of eight innings of work. Wheeler has allowed only one earned run in 10 2/3 innings pitched.
• Five Mets entered Saturday with batting averages above .300 this spring with a minimum of 10 at-bats: Matt den Dekker (.409), Eric Campbell (.381), Juan Lagares (.320), Josh Satin (.308) and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (.304).
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. Steve Dorsey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.