Spring Updates: Santana Takes Another Step, Bay’s Timing, Harvey’s First Pitch As Met

An article by posted on March 5, 2011

Mets ace Johan Santana, who will start the season on the disabled list, took a small step this week in his rehabilitation from Sept. 14 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Santana threw on back-to-back days from flat ground twice this week and said he is “progressing little by little.” He had been throwing every other day, three times a week since arriving in camp. “It’s coming along pretty good,” Santana said. “It’s a long process, and that’s the way I’m taking it – slow but steady.” – TC Palm

Earlier this week, Jason Isringhausen told the St. Louis Post-Dispatchthat he wouldn’t go to the minors if he failed to make the Mets and that he would instead pack it up and possibly retire. “I won’t go. I’ll go home,” Isringhausen said. “If I don’t make it, then there’s a reason I didn’t make it and that will be good enough reason for me to go home.”

2010 first round pick Matt Harvey will pitch in his first game as a pro for the Mets today when a team comprised of the Mets top prospects take on Team Italy, managed by Mike Piazza. Because he signed late and then had to deal with a death in the family, Harvey did not appear in a minor league game last year.

Daniel Murphy doesn’t care where he plays, so long as he can compete. But once again he finds himself trying to learn a new position just to get that opportunity. The 25-year-old is one of four players competing for the New York Mets’ second base job this spring. So far, he remains a strong candidate, despite the fact he is playing his fourth position in five years and might be better suited for a utility role according to the NY Times“First and foremost I want to make this ball club,” Murphy said. “I want to help this team win. I hope the fact I can play first, I can play third, and I am getting more consistent at second that will allow me to make the team.”

Although he started at first base during yesterdays game, the plan is for Lucas Duda to start the season in Triple-A Buffalo and get some time playing in the outfield. “If you need an outfielder, and he’s swinging the bat, he’s going to come up and play the outfield,” Collins said. “But I just wanted to make sure he got some work at first base.” Duda,went 2-for-3, and regarding the Mets plan for him said, “I’m more comfortable in the outfield right now, just because I’ve played there more. But I’ll play wherever they need. I can handle first base.”

Adam Rubin posted a comment via Twitter from our old friend Pedro Feliciano who told the YES Network’s Jack Curry, ”It’s everybody’s dream to be a Yankee.” That’s funny… I can deal with that… Just as long we don’t hear something like this from Jose Reyes next Spring, I’ll be fine.

Jason Bay says he is still not comfortable at the plate, although he is 4-10 this spring so far, He is hitting the ball, but says his timing is still off. “I’m catching up to game speed — 88 [mph] looks like 98 the first week. I’ve kind of done this long enough where you don’t get frustrated. I’ve gotten hits here and there, but it’s a process.” The Mets have Bay working on keeping the bat flat and using a more closed stance. “It hasn’t been easy”, he says.

The Mets will be at the Disney Complex this afternoon to face the Braves. Mike Pelfrey, Dillon Gee, Bobby Parnell, Tim Byrdak, Blaine Boyer, Pedro Beato and Mike O’Connor are scheduled to pitch for the Mets.

Here is todays lineup:

  1. Jose Reyes, ss
  2. Willie Harris, cf
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Ike Davis, 1b
  5. Nick Evans, lf
  6. Fernando Martinez, rf
  7. Brad Emaus, 2b
  8. Josh Thole, c
  9. Mike Pelfrey, rhp

Todays video is of Jon Niese and comes courtesy of Buffalo Bisons TV.

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