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Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard, who has made an average of 74 appearances over the past four years, made his spring debut. He allowed a leadoff double, then retired the side in order.

Clippard missed five days earlier this spring because of tightness in his back. He has told the Nationals he only needs 10 innings of work this spring to be ready for opening day.

“This year, my arm has probably felt better than it has in a long time (for) this time of year,” Clippard said. “Usually, it takes me a little while to get the joints moving again.”


Mets star third baseman David Wright will take some swings Thursday at the team’s complex and could make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday. He has yet to play this spring as the club tries to manage his time to prevent any nagging injuries.

Manager Terry Collins said Thursday’s session will be live batting practice. Pitchers Jon Niese (shoulder), Bartolo Colon (calf) and Bobby Parnell (neck) are all set to throw in the workout.