Daniel Murphy visited a specialist in Manhattan on Tuesday morning, but as of Tuesday night, the Mets were waiting to announce the official diagnosis.

On Monday, general manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets second baseman was experiencing discomfort along the right side of the ribs.

"Unfortunately, it’s something that happened," Murphy said Monday, "but for it to happen early, I think we’ll be able to get this out of the way. And I don’t foresee it being a problem after the next week to 10 days."

Alderson said it was possible Murphy would need a cortisone injection. Murphy did get that injection, according to a report on ESPN.

David Wright and former outfielder Scott Hairston received cortisone injections last spring. They missed several weeks of workouts while waiting for their bodies to heal.

Calling all lefties

Manager Terry Collins conceded there were times last season when he wanted another left-handed reliever. This season he has a collection of candidates trying to push their way into the bullpen.

Collins has five he’s keeping a close eye on this spring: Josh Edgin, Robert Carson, Scott Rice, Pedro Feliciano and Aaron Laffey.