One day after the oblique strain heard ’round New York, Mets pitching prospect Zack Wheeler was able to do some exercises Thursday and report improvement.
Wheeler, a late scratch from Wednesday’s scheduled start after suffering what the Mets called a “mild oblique strain” during batting practice, will miss his next start, but might be able to throw a bullpen session in the next week.
“He’s feeling better today,” Terry Collins said. “He actually did some motion exercises where they kind of triggered a spot where he throws. He doesn’t feel it, when he makes that motion. Hopefully in three to five days we’ll have a real good read on where he’s at.”

METS TIE
The Mets played Washington to a 4-4 tie in 10 innings Thursday night. Righty Rafael Montero, who has caught the Mets’ attention in camp, allowed one run on two hits in three innings. Collin Cowgill had two hits, and is batting .545.
SAY GOODBYE
David Wright will play his final game for the Mets on Friday before joining the World Baseball Classic’s Team USA. Collins said that Wright asked to play third base, after initially being scheduled to be designated hitter.
The plan is for Wright to bat three or four times against the Tigers, who are scheduled to pitch ace Justin Verlander in Port St. Lucie.


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