Spring Update: Pelfrey Rediscovers Sinker, Don’t Count Out Izzy, Beltran News
Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger, says right-hander Mike Pelfrey is trying to rediscover his sinker (two-seam fastball) which he abandoned last season. He still produced a groundball 47.8 percent of the time. Pelfrey said that he thought the split-finger fastball Dan Warthen taught him in 2009 caught people off guard early last year and helped account for his quick start. Warthen also advised him to throw more high four-seam fastballs inside to hitters and trust his 92-mph heat.
Warthen is very impressed with Chris Young and Chris Capuano who both had solid workouts for the Mets yesterday. ”These guys have thrown more pitches probably than anybody since they’ve been down here,” Warthen said, referring to Young and Capuano. “They have shown no ill-effects whatsoever. They both seem to be throwing free and easy and voicing no complaints whatsoever. So, it’s very encouraging.”
According to Newsday, Carlos Beltran will be kept out of the first week of Grapefruit League games to give him time to complete his running program which will determine whether or not, he will play center field this season. Beltran says he feels great.
Don’t count out Jason Isringhausen says a team source, according to the Daily News. “Throw in the cutter he leaned on heavily his last few years as the Cardinals’ closer, and Isringhausen may still have the weapons to be effective. One Mets person Monday even speculated that the old pro would be a better bet as the primary set-up man for Francisco Rodriguez than flame-throwing Bobby Parnell. “The only question,” the person said, “is if he can stay healthy.”
David Waldstein of the NY Times says Jason Bay gladly would give up No. 44 to Jason Isringhausen. “I’ve tried to hit against him and I know how good he is,” Bay tells Waldstein. “I hope he makes it because he’s a great pitcher and he’ll make our team better. And if he does, I’m giving him the shirt. It’s his. I want him to have it.” Bay said he would not ask for anything in return.
Check out this cool video from ESPN New York of yesterdays workout.
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