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Eric Young Jr.
Getting into games had to wait for EY Jr. due to tightness in his oblique, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. He made his spring debut on March 4 against the Houston Astros. In 25 at-bats, Young is hitting .280/.379/.320.
Rubin also noted that Colon dealt with calf tightness during the same time as Young. It prevented him from running drills outside for a couple of days, but was a minor setback. Through 8.2 innings, he owns a 7.27 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.
Sore calves have sidelined Davis since March 2. Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reported the first baseman played in a Single-A spring training game over the weekend as a designated hitter, but didn’t run the bases. Collins wanted to get him plenty of at-bats this spring, but he’s only walked to the plate six times.
De Nicola also provided an update on Duda, who has been slowed by a left hamstring strain. He was a designated hitter in a separate minor league game and didn’t run the bases, either. Duda has compiled seven at-bats in Grapefruit League action this spring, not appearing in a game since March 3.
Potentially the most serious spring injury this far, Niese was removed from his start on Sunday due to elbow discomfort, according to Rubin. The projected Opening Day starter will be dispatched to New York for an MRI to see the extent of the damage. After avoiding surgery last summer, it could be time to brace for the worst.
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