Mets’ J.D. Davis hits for first time since shoulder scare

Mets’ J.D. Davis hits for first time since shoulder scare

PORT ST. LUCIE — J.D. Davis is back into baseball workout mode, just over a week after a hard landing on his left shoulder put a scare into the player and the Mets.

On Wednesday, Davis took batting practice, grounders and fly balls for the first time since receiving the diagnosis of swelling in his left shoulder. During that MRI exam it was revealed Davis had a labrum tear that was believed to be an old injury.

Davis indicated his movements in the last few days have confirmed it wasn’t a new tear.

Davis injured the shoulder diving for a grounder at third base on Feb. 25 in Lakeland, Fla. He remained on the ground for an extended period, heightening fears that he would be lost long term.

“All the strength is there, all the range of motion is there, it’s just easing it back in,” Davis said, noting that his next step will likely be hitting live pitching.

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Matt Adams has been cleared to resume baseball activities after missing five days of workouts to undergo cardiac testing. The veteran slugger underwent the testing in New York, according to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. Last week, Brandon Nimmo — who was previously diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat — left camp for cardiac testing and was cleared for baseball activities.

Jed Lowrie remains “fully unrestricted” in baseball activities, according to Van Wagenen, but it’s unknown when he will appear in an exhibition game. The veteran infielder has been participating in workouts with a brace on his left leg.

“It’s a continued work in progress to try to find a potential transition brace or make adjustments to the braces that he has,” Van Wagenen said. “It makes sense to try to continue to try to find a brace that is lighter, is more mobile and hopefully can continue to provide the same support.”

Steven Matz threw a side session a day after leaving the ballpark early with an illness. The left-hander remains on schedule to start Saturday’s exhibition game against the Nationals.

Marcus Stroman allowed one hit and one walk with four strikeouts over three shutout innings in the Mets’ 4-1 exhibition victory over the Cardinals in Port St. Lucie. In three starts this spring, Stroman owns a 2.70 ERA.

Dominic Smith went hitless in two at-bats and fell to 3-for-20 (.150) in the Grapefruit League. Smith has struck out six times.

Eduardo Nunez, in contention for a backup infield role, continued his productive spring with an RBI triple. He also walked with the bases loaded. Nunez started at third base.

The Mets face the Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., with Rick Porcello on the mound. Edwin Diaz, Justin Wilson and David Peterson are also among the scheduled pitchers.

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