Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 3/25/13
With opening day just over a week away, the New York Mets re-assigned multiple players — including top prospect, Travis d’Arnaud — to minor league camp, bringing some clarity to the opening day roster: #bbpBox_315943329189752832 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_315943329189752832 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Brandon Hicks outrighted, so that means Omar Quintanilla making team. #mets about 21 hours ago via EchofonReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin #bbpBox_315943804408569858 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_315943804408569858 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Sent to minors: Travis d’Arnaud, Aaron Laffey, Andrew Brown, Brian Bixler, Jamie Hoffmann about 21 hours ago via EchofonReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin With Brian Bixler and Brandon Hicks both re-assigned to minor league camp, it looks as if Omar Quintanilla will make the roster as the clubs backup shortstop.   With Daniel Murphy and David Wright battling intercostal strains, the rest of the infield should be determined at some point this week.  Wright, however, took batting practice on Sunday, increasing optimism he will be ready for Opening Day, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Photo by Michael G. Baron   “It’s the next step. Any time you get to the next step, it’s a significant step. It’s one step closer. It’s important that I see how I feel tonight, I see how I feel tomorrow. I’ve said all along that Opening Day is my goal. Like I said before, this is one step closer to attaining that goal.” Murphy, meanwhile, went 1-for-2 with a walk, while playing five-innings at second base in a minor league game Sunday. Murph had a set-back last week, feeling stiffness the day after playing in a minor league game so it will be important to see how the second baseman feels Monday morning. Following Sunday’s game, Murph told reporters “it was like trying to hit an asprin,” saying: “It was like trying to hit an aspirin. I mean, I hadn’t had an at-bat since October. So it was just OK. The same way it is usually when spring training starts. It just started for everybody else five weeks ago. I got a checked swing my second at-bat and I didn’t feel anything. So that felt good.”  As long as Murphy does not appear in a Grapefruit League game, a DL-stint can be backdated to early March; meaning he would miss just five games to start the season.  If I had to guess, I would say Murphy — not Wright — start the year on the DL.  Which would make Justin Turner the opening day starter at second base. After a attempted diving catch resulted in a broken wrist to Matt den Dekker and cuts to Andrew Brown and Jaime Hoffman, the opening day outfield seems likely to consist of Lucas Duda, Collin Cowgill, Jordany Valdespin, Marlon Byrd, and Mike Baxter. Also, as Rubin points out in a post to ESPN New York, Aaron Laffey being re-assigned signals the Mets are confident in Shaun Marcum’s health, writing: “Laffey will serve as a starter with Triple-A Las Vegas, potentially making him the next call-up should another rotation vacancy arise. His departure from big league camp signals the Mets are confident Shaun Marcum will be OK. Marcum missed a start and received a cortisone shot in his pitching shoulder, but is slated to resume pitching in a game Thursday.”   Finally, with top prospect Travis d’Arnaud sent to minor league camp it seems likely the Mets will start the season with John Buck and Anthony Recker as the catching duo; given the fact that Recker is on the 40-man roster, he seems like the logical choice over London Powell.  New York general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters the Mets have “a big investment” in Buck. “We’re happy with what John Buck has done. We’ve got an investment in him as well. I think our pitching staff and team overall will benefit overall from John Buck’s presence, and ultimately Travis is going to be a very good player for us.” Buck has had a strong spring thus far hitting .310 with two home-runs and a 1.049 ops: The Mets are now down to 36 guys in camp.    
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