Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner each had a poor day in the Mets’ final warmup before Opening Day.
The Mets’ captain made his first appearance in a big league game since sustaining a rib injury during the World Baseball Classic, going 0-for-3 and playing five innings for New York in a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
“I needed one team to believe in me, and that was the Mets,” Byrd said. “They believed in me. They brought me in and they trusted me. They’re trusting me to be the player that I was. They’re trusting me to be the clean player that I am.”
The Mets made the first of what might be several minor moves to free up 40-man roster space by trading righty reliever Elvin Ramirez to the Angels for cash on Wednesday night.
When the hard comebacker off the bat of Carlos Beltran (of course it was him) smashed off the right elbow of Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner on Tuesday afternoon, you just had to laugh — to keep from crying.
It’s a question that seemed unthinkable during the winter months and at the start of spring training: which team will have more talent on April 1?
The Yankees and Mets are among teams that are interested in outfielder Brennan Boesch, according to CBSSports.com/WFAN insider Jon Heyman.
The Mets’ right-hander was nearly perfect while tossing 4 1/3 shutout innings in a 4-1 win over the Marlins on Thursday. Harvey’s only baserunner reached on an error. He struck out five batters and threw 35 of 48 pitches for strikes.
Sure, the Yankees are banged-up. But the Mets have the Johan Santana mess — plus an outfield by committee, and not a particularly great committee at that.
Mets starter Jon Niese threw three scoreless innings in his major league exhibition debut. He had thrown two innings against the University of Michigan earlier this week. Niese gave up three hits, struck out three and picked off a baserunner.
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.
The Mets couldn’t help but rave about the ace up the 22-year-old right-hander’s sleeve.
When Marlon Byrd arrived at camp on Friday, Terry Collins sounded like he had found an answer to one of his problems.
The Mets have signed former PED user Marlon Byrd to a minor league deal.
Former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics was suspended for 50 games on Wednesday after testing positive for testosterone.