Monday notes: Warthen praises deGrom

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Reporters surrounded pitching coach Dan Warthen on Monday to get reaction to Matt Harvey's latest throwing session,

Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom

#48 SP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM22
  • W9

  • L6

  • BB43

  • K144

  • ERA2.69

but Warthen was equally excited about other pitchers' activity throwing batting practice.

Warthen said Jacob deGrom, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, threw 85 percent of his pitches for strikes during his session, with none over the middle of the plate.

• Versatile Eric Campbell won't play catcher much during this portion of camp, to try to keep his legs fresh for the season. But Terry Collins will get Campbell continued work at unfamiliar positions. Collins said he will give Campbell limited exposure to second base and shortstop in exhibition games just so Campbell has some experience there in case of an in-season emergency.

Daniel Murphy prefers to work on hitting on the side rather than play in Tuesday's noon intrasquad game, but David Wright, Michael Cuddyer and Curtis Granderson all will play. That quartet won't see action in Grapefruit League play until Friday, when Harvey faces the Detroit Tigers in the exhibition home opener.

Juan Lagares also will be held out of Tuesday's intrasquad game. He is due to make the trip to Disney and will lead off against Wandy Rodriguez and the Braves in the Grapefruit League opener.

• Ron Darling will make his play-by-play debut Saturday on WPIX. Gary Cohen will handle the Friday and Sunday games. Cliff Floyd will join Cohen on Sunday as the analyst.