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Izzy, Boyer still waiting

Blaine Boyer acknowledges the idea of starting the season in the minors was raised to him, but the right-hander -- who has a Thursday out -- understandably wants to open the season in the majors with the Mets or elsewhere and does not find that appealing.

Similarly, Jason Isringhausen says there has been no formal request to open the season in Port St. Lucie in extended spring training. (The topic was raised, though, a source confirms.)

"All we've done is talked," Izzy said. "No one has asked me to do anything."

The Mets could keep all three bubble relievers -- Manny Acosta, Boyer and Izzy -- if the latter two agree not to break camp with the Mets. But that sounds like wishful thinking on the organization's part.