By John Delcos
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins announced the starting pitchers for the first cycle of exhibition games, beginning Friday against Washington.
Rafael Montero, John Lannan, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Noah Syndergaard and Jonathon Niese will start the first five games. The relievers weren’t announced.
* Collins praised Wilmer Flores’ off-season conditioning and reiterated he will get a look at shortstop. Wilmer took grounders at shortstop and second Sunday.
* Collins also was complimentary of catching prospect Kevin Plawecki, especially with his off-season potential.
* David Wright, Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy aren’t expected to play much during the first week of games.
* Zack Wheeler threw batting practice.
***John Delcos has covered Major League Baseball for over 20 years, including the Mets and Yankees since 1998. He is a Hall of Fame voter and owns and operates a Mets website, New York Mets Report.com