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Morning Briefing: Happy Bartolo Colon Day!

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Bartolo Colon makes his second Grapefruit League start as the New York Mets oppose the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. ET at Tradition Field (WPIX/WOR). Left-hander Tyler Lyons is scheduled to start for the Cardinals.

SATURDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:

  • Asdrubal Cabrera has been diagnosed with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee and has been advised to be idle for at least two weeks. That suggests that Cabrera very well may open the season on the disabled list, which appears to lessen the likelihood the Mets jettison Ruben Tejada. The Cardinals have been particularly interested in Tejada because shortstop Jhonny Peralta will miss the first half of the season. Read more in the Post, Times, Record, Newsday and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Rafael Montero, Chasen Bradford, Akeel Morris, Paul Sewald, Dario Alvarez and Raywilly Gomez have been dispatched to minor league camp in the first round of cuts.

  • Terry Collins said David Wright will make his first Grapefruit League start “pretty soon.” The manager suggested he already has identified a day, which may be the Mets’ next home game -- next Friday. Wright said: “No day is circled yet. I’ll probably do some live BPs first, but I’m not 100 percent sure what the medical staff is thinking.”

  • Steven Matz departed with the bases loaded and none out in the third inning and Antonio Bastardo allowed all three inherited runners to score in what became a 9-5 loss to the Washington Nationals on Friday. Read more in the Post and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • At a press conference at his attorney’s office in Long Island City, Jenrry Mejia indicated that he plans to appeal his third positive performance-enhancing drug test, which resulted in a ban from baseball. After allegations were lobbed, MLB responded with a strongly worded statement that read in part: "Sadly, the comments made by Mr. Mejia and his representatives today continue a pattern of athletes hiring aggressive lawyers and making wild, unsupported allegations about the conduct of others in an effort to clear their names." Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post suggests Mejia would be better served “owning up to his mistakes and preparing for next year and his reinstatement application.” Read more in the Times, Daily News and Newsday.

  • Yoenis Cespedes homered in batting practice in Port St. Lucie while batting left-handed, Andrew Beaton tweeted.

  • Matt Harvey doesn’t mind players who draw attention to themselves on the field. “You don’t want to create a circus,” Harvey tells columnist David Lennon in Newsday. “... I think at no point whatsoever do you want to show up your opponent or show up the game. But having a little flair is never bad.” Wright addresses the same topic with columnist John Harper in the Daily News.

  • Dilson Herrera will leave camp on Monday in order to represent Colombia in a World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament. Four Mets farmhands also will participate, representing four countries.

  • Randy Miller at NJ.com chats with Neil Walker.

  • From the bloggers … Mets Report believes Cabrera’s injury ultimately could enhance Tejada’s trade value.

BIRTHDAYS: Darryl Strawberry turns 54. ... Carlos Muniz is 35. ... Dave Williams is 37. ... Shawn Gilbert is 51. ... Ben Griset is 24.

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