Matt Harvey stepped to the mound to restore some sanity to the proceedings on Thursday, giving a glimpse of just what might be in store for Mets fans this season and in the seasons that lie ahead.
Santana took another step forward in a light bullpen Wednesday. It was the second time on a mound for the ace since Feb. 19, after which his workload was backed down over concerns his arm strength wasn’t where it needed to be.
Will Santana be ready to take the ball on April 1? According to the Mets’ “private expectations,” well, probably not.
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.
Girardi feels as if making the outfield switch might be asking too much, and wants to give Granderson a better comfort level when he returns.
New York beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 Sunday in a game likely to be very different from the teams’ opening-day.
Baseball players’ union head Michael Weiner says toughening penalties for drug violations will have to wait until the 2014 season.
Harvey gave up a leadoff homerun to Marlins prospect Christian Yelich before settling down to strike out four in 2 2-3 innings, and the New York Mets and Miami tied 8-8 on Saturday.
Nova allowed an infield single over two scoreless innings and the New York Yankees stopped a seven-game losing streak by beating a Detroit Tigers split squad 10-3 on Saturday.
Day 1 at Port St. Lucie kicked off with second baseman Daniel Murphy. General manager Sandy Alderson and starting pitcher Matt Harvey followed. Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler, David Wright, Terry Collins and Travis d’Arnaud were present as well.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman admitted on WFAN radio Thursday that a “significant” contract extension was offered to Cano. Apparently it wasn’t significant enough.
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was all smiles after throwing 18 pitches Thursday in his first simulated game since knee surgery last spring.
No blocking the dish for the 24-year-old, who was described on the Mets’ official website as a player that “relishes home-plate collisions.”
According to John Harper of the New York Daily News, Collins “let loose with an expletive loud enough to turn heads all over the back fields” at the team’s spring training complex.
Brett Gardner had a three-run triple in the New York Yankees’ 10-7 loss to a Baltimore Orioles’ split squad on Wednesday.