Spring training is getting ever closer as we enter February. It's a time when players get back into the daily baseball grind and a good opportunity to fine-tune pitching, hitting and throwing mechanics.
It's also a time when players returning from injuries can evaluate where they are in the recovery process.
Unfortunately, a few particular New York Mets players suffered significant injuries last season and will need to get themselves healthy for the upcoming campaign.
Here are the latest updates on those players.
Matt Harvey is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery, which will likely cause him to miss the entire 2014 season.
However, the 24-year-old recently said he could be back on a major league mound in September, per MLB.com.
It's unknown whether that will end up happening. For now, Harvey should continue with his rehabilitation.
After just five starts, Jenrry Mejia's 2013 season ended in August due to an elbow injury.
Jorge Castillo of the New Jersey Star-Ledger recently reported that Mejia is recovering, but has yet to throw a bullpen session.
Hopefully, he will continue to make more progress in the coming weeks and be able to pitch in March.
In September, Ruben Tejada unfortunately broke his leg, which ended the rest of his campaign.
News in the offseason suggests he's been getting in better physical shape, though.
In November, Tejada spent some time in a Michigan-based program that focuses on proper conditioning and nutrition, according to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.
If Tejada can be in better shape and more focused this season, the Mets seem hopeful that he can bounce back and be a better shortstop.