Coleman’s Corner: Mets Rehab

By Ed Coleman
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All in all, considering the recent releases of Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez, a rather quiet day for the Mets on Tuesday – but nothing is ever totally calm with this team. Angel Pagan had to leave the game against the Tigers in Lakeland in the second inning due to lower back soreness. Pagan apparently aggravated it during the 2 1/2 hour bus ride, but said it’s nothing serious.

Pagan is next expected to play on Thursday and says he’ll be ready. Jason Bay slid over from left field to center to take Pagan’s place and handled two chances flawlessly. Lucas Duda took over in left and took advantage of the situation, collecting 3 hits and scoring a run, continuing his push to make the team. And Nick Evans – who’s out of options – continues to impress as well. Evans went 2-3, including his 5th double, and is hitting .310.

The game turned on Willie Harris’ grand slam HR in the second inning. Harris is batting .317 with 9 RBI, knew he had to come to camp ready to play, and did.

Second base candidate Brad Emaus walked twice, stole a base, scored a run and hit into a double play. The Mets had 13 hits in a 7-4 win.

Pitching-wise, Jon Niese struggled but managed to get in 90+ pitches in 4 innings of work.

In that second inning, the Tigers scored all 4 of their runs on 4 of the 5 hits Niese allowed. He also walked one and struck out three. Five Met relievers combined to hold Detroit scoreless the rest of the way. Rule 5 draftee Pedro Beato pitched two scoreless, and Tim Byrdak and Taylor Buchholz both had 1-2-3 innings. Byrdak and Buchholz have yet to give up a run this spring, Byrdak over 7 1/3 innings – Buchholz over 12.

Jason Isringhausen will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday to see how his elbow feels. He threw on flat ground Tuesday and came out OK. Isringhausen explained the soreness doesn’t stem from the elbow ligament.

And Izzy is happy that he’s taken things this far this spring, and hopes it just continues.

And Johan Santana will increase his workload on Thursday – from 3 sets of throws on flat ground from 60 feet to four sets. It’s still projected that Santana will be able to throw off a mound sometime around May 1.

Carlos Beltran played in minor league games on Tuesday, going 2-8, hitting a double right-handed and a home run left-handed. Manager Terry Collins was enthused about the progress.

When and if Beltran plays in Grapefruit League games is still uncertain.

C U soon

Eddie C.


One Comment

  1. Jonathan G. says:

    Maybe you can answer this for me Eddie. I don’t see why Murphy and Emaus can’t just platoon at second base. If they really see Havens or Tejada as the long term option there, then they wouldn’t really care about having Murphy and Emaus see primarily righties and lefties respectively for just one season. It would make for a very solid 7th hitting second base tandem if that were the case. I just dont understand why a platoon has never so much as been mentioned. It seems like somebody has to win this job outright instead. Do they really think Emaus’ defensive skills are far beyond that of Murphy’s. I’ve seen both of them play, and I cant imagine that’s the case. Hu is going to make the roster regardless of whether or not they platoon, so it wouldn’t effect roster decisions if they did so. I think this would give this team less offensive weaknesses and really help us combat rotations like the Phillies. I really dont wan’t to see an Emaus-Halladay matchup just as much as I don’t want to see a Murphy-Lee matchup, even though he hits lefties fairly well. Fairly well can’t cut it for this lineup this season. They both slug the opposite handed pitchers. I think they will damage Murphy more if he doesn’t play every day rather than if he see’s mostly right handed pitchers. Let me know what the thinking is in Met’s camp. I’ve been dying to find out if anybody talks about a platoon. It seems too logical to not have been talked about at this point. Thanks!

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