• Manager Terry Collins tossed some cold water on Matt Harvey's desire to throw a baseball on Feb. 22 for the first time since Tommy John surgery, saying the Mets' medical staff would have to approve that in advance. Collins also vowed that the Mets will not rush Harvey, despite the right-hander's desire to pitch in September. "That guy will not come back early," Collins said.
• Regarding the Mets' shortstop situation, Collins said that Omar Quintanilla could challenge Ruben Tejada for the starting job. He also said that Anthony Seratelli is a prime candidate to win the backup middle infield gig, given Seratelli's defensive versatility.