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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/25

What we learned: Jenrry Mejia could make the Mets on a technicality, with the team concerned about Jon Niese’s health … both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda will be on the Opening Day roster.

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They said it:

“Performances matter. I think last year was a small sample. This year is an almost equal sample, so I think we have to take everything into account. We’re not ignoring Spring Training performance.” –General manager Sandy Alderson on Vic Black

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/20

Still relatively quiet here at Mets camp, but things are about to pick up now that all position players have officially reported. Those folks will take their physicals Friday, in advance of the first full-squad workout Saturday.

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What we learned: Matt Harvey has been cleared to throw a baseball for the first time since Tommy John surgery. … Minor League saves king (and current bullpen candidate) Jeff Walters learned some of the tricks of his trade from then-Class A Binghamton pitching coach Frank Viola. … The Mets are not pursuing Cuban defector Aledmys Diaz, a shortstop.

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They said it:

“NO!!!” –Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner, on Twitter, after the USA women’s hockey team lost to Canada in the gold-medal game

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Frank Viola back as Class A pitching coach

The Savannah Sand Gnats officially announced today that Frank Viola will return as their pitching coach. Viola remains one of a host of former Mets on the organizational payroll, including Triple-A manager Wally Backman and Major League third-base coach Tim Teufel.

“I’m excited to be back in Savannah,” Viola said in a statement. “There were a lot of positives last year and there will be a lot more positives this year with the new incoming kids. It will be great being around John [Katz], Luis, Joel, Tom [Truedson] and Griff [Jason Griffin] for another year and being able to help out everyone involved.”

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