Johan Santana threw off a mound Tuesday for the second time after a 4½-month break as he tries to make it back to the major leagues for the New York Mets’ opener in April.
The winds of change blew through the Mets’ coaching staff on Wednesday, and when the gale subsided, four coaches were gone.
The Mets announced several changes in their staff Wednesday. First base coach Mookie Wilson, bench coach Ken Oberkfell, bullpen coach Jon Debus and third base coach Chip Hale will not return.
It’s been a circuitous route that Johan Santana has traveled this season, and the next stop will be Savannah, Georgia on Friday.
Bobby Parnell is the leading candidate to take over as New York Mets’ closer. Without a significant history of closing out games, it’s hard to tell if he has what it takes but Parnell does possess some traits needed to be a successful fireman.
Dillon Gee does not ‘wow’ you with his stuff as much as he bowls you over with his poise and professionalism. We are so preoccupied with the radar gun and sometimes forget it is pitching—not throwing that matters.
Make no mistake about it, Dan Warthen is a big reason why the Mets are sitting right in the middle of a wild card playoff race.
In his last five starts Jonathon Niese has pitched 33.2 innings, given up only 5 earned runs, struck out 33 batters and has given the Met rotation a real shot in the arm.
Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey says he lost 11 pounds in recent days while sick but wants to make his next scheduled start against the Phillies. Just in case Pelfrey isn’t ready, Terry Collins wants Dillon Gee prepared instead.
Injured Yankees reliever Pedro Feliciano inserted Ike Davis into his public feud with the Mets on Monday. How did the young first baseman respond?
Injured reliever Pedro Feliciano got his say on the Yankees vs. Mets bickering. What hurt, the Yankees’ situational left-hander offered Monday, was what the Mets said about him.
Oliver Perez surrendered back-to-back homers during the Mets’ 7-4 victory over the Washington Nationals. Brooks Conrad hit a two-run homer for the Atlanta Braves and Willie Harris connected for the Mets as the split-squads played to a 3-3 tie.
Jon Niese continued the string of strong first starts by the Mets’ starting rotation, hurling three scoreless innings in a 5-3 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.
Mets fans may not agree, but Oliver Perez wants to start for New York. “I think why I’m here has always been as a starting pitcher,” Perez said Monday after reporting to the Mets’ spring training complex.
Ken Oberkfell has been hired as the New York Mets’ bench coach under new manager Terry Collins following two seasons as the team’s Triple-A manager at Buffalo.