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.
New York brass informed Feliciano on Monday that he won’t make the Opening Day roster. The Mets want Feliciano to spend a month in the minors working on his velocity.
While Mets have had their share of injuries during spring training, but Shaun Marcum’s right shoulder doesn’t appear to be a major issue.
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.
New York Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano wore a heart monitor while pitching and reported no problems or discomfort during his first spring training outing.
Johan Santana will not make his first spring training appearance for the New York Mets this year until mid-March. Sandy Alderson said he didn’t think Santana will miss the start of the regular season, but said it was a possibility.
Coming off their fourth straight losing season, the Mets enter spring training with a projected rotation of Johan Santana, Jon Niese, Shaun Marcum, Matt Harvey and Dillon Gee, a quintet that combined to go 35-34 with a 3.26 ERA last season.
The Mets announced the signing of former Met Pedro Feliciano. It includes a spring training invite.
Byrdak wasn’t the first Mets pitcher to possibly be injured due to overuse.
Joba Chamberlain could soon pitch in a minor league game for the first time since injuring an during spring training.
Brian Cashman deserves high praise for a number of intelligent, under-the-radar off-season signings that have each played a part in the Yankees’ success in the regular season and possibly could make the difference in the playoffs.
Yankees right-hander Mark Prior has struggled with shoulder injuries and his last major league appearance came in August 2006. The 30-year-old went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 30 starts for the NL Central champion Chicago Cubs in 2003.
The Yankees are about to get a needed boon to their lineup and a possible distraction in the clubhouse.
Alex Rodriguez began running the bases in his workout today, a key step in his rehab process. Pedro Felicinao, Ramiro Pena, Damaso Marte and Mark Prior have all also made strides forward.
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has stepped up his workouts while recovering from knee surgery. There’s no official timetable on when he’ll rejoin the team, though Joe Girardi hinted at an August 15 return on Sunday.
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