Mets starter Johan Santana threw off a mound at the team’s facility on Sunday, one day after general manager Sandy Alderson said the two-time Cy Young Award winner would need 10 more days to build up enough arm strength to pitch in an exhibition game.
There’s potential there. There’s a chance. There’s a job to be won for a player who was once a threatening major-league hitter — and could be again. And with the current state of this outfield, that hope and belief is all that Mets fans have right now.
“Delayed somewhat” means being pushed back to the March 10-15 range, which makes it highly doubtful that Santana could get enough work in to be ready by April 1.
When Marlon Byrd arrived at camp on Friday, Terry Collins sounded like he had found an answer to one of his problems.
“There are a number of things that we’re currently involved in pursuing, and we’re hopeful that we’ll have some additions before spring training starts,” AIderson said. “I expect that we will have some additions.”
Right-hander Carl Pavano — who is no stranger to the Big Apple — is on the Mets’ radar. The 36-year-old’s agent told the Newark Star Ledger that there is “mutual interest” between both sides. However, talks are “very preliminary,” the newspaper reported.
The Mets said surgery is a possibility for the lefty specialist. Tim Byrdak has not pitched since Wednesday, when he complained of shoulder soreness.
It is over now, this fleeting concept that the arrow might continue pointing upward for the Mets.
Miguel Batista was chased after three innings as the Mets lost to the Dodgers 8-5 on Saturday.
David Ross homered and drove in four runs, Chipper Jones also connected and the Atlanta Braves survived a crisis at shortstop to beat the New York Mets 7-5 on Friday night.
Dickey allowed three hits over eight innings to become the Majors’ first 12-game winner and lead the New York Mets to a 9-0 victory over the Dodgers on Friday night.
Dickey has not allowed an earned run in any of his last four starts, while pitching at least seven innings and striking out eight or more batters in each game.
The nightmare continues for Bay, who must be feeling like he is living his own personal “Groundhog Day.” He was once again hurt trying to make an aggressive defensive play, which is the only way he knows how to play the game.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a leadoff homer and later connected for a two-run shot as the New York Mets completed a three-game sweep by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 on Thursday.
During a week when they had a chance to move into sole possession first place in the National League East, the Mets’ defense has let them down.