Good Morning everyone. The Mets received their first minor scare of spring training on Tuesday as Zack Wheeler experienced tenderness in his elbow following a throwing session.
Pitching coach, Dan Warthen spoke to the media, advising that the team will be taking baby steps with it’s pitcher. “We’re not going to push it because we want to see this kid healthy and once we get healthy, we want him to stay healthy, so we’ll have kid gloves with him,” Warthen said.
Wheeler is reportedly working with a cap in the low-100 range for innings pitched in the upcoming season, according to Warthen. He though believes that going out as a reliever is not the way to ease Zack back into the game. “I think it would be difficult for him to go out there as a reliever,” Warthen said. “Because if he didn’t have success, I think it would be difficult doing something that he has never done before and having to come back.”
Warthen laid out the perfect scenario through his vision of how Wheeler may be used in 2017. “A number of us would like to see him go out there every fifth day for 25 starts and put that extra starter in there once a month, limit (Wheeler) to five innings, and that puts him for 125 (innings) so we have enough pitches in September if we need him,” Warthen said.
LATEST METS NEWS
Mets manager, Terry Collins stated that from his perspective he currently has two openings in the bullpen up for the taking. Collins has a keen eye on veteran, Tom Gorzellany who was brought into camp on a Minor League deal. “We will see how effective he is against lefties,” Collins said. “Because certainly having that experience down there will be a big factor if he shows us this spring he can get outs.” Read more from columnist Mike Puma in the NY Post.
Neil Walker spoke with the media on Wednesday regarding his free agency this past offseason and the reasoning as to why he stayed with New York. “When we started to look around and see what other potential landing spots there could be over the course of an offseason, I came to realize it wasn’t going to be with a better team than New York, and this was my first choice going into the offseason,” Walker said. “It worked out the way I wanted it to.” Read more from Matt Ehalt at NorthJersey.com and Kristie Ackert in the NY Daily News.
Columnist, Bob Klapisch in the Record speaks of Noah Syndergaard‘s 17 pound weight gain as being the talk of training camp thus far, with the pitcher hoping to be able to throw harder with his new physique. Klapisch voices his concern on the matter as he writes: “Already averaging 97.9-mph, it’s reasonable to ask why Syndergaard needs more. An even more pressing question is how Thor can balance the additional mass against the risk of blowing out an elbow or a shoulder.”
NL EAST RUMBLINGS
Former beloved New York Met and current Atlanta Brave, Bartolo Colon, believed he would be staying in New York when free agency began. “Yeah, I definitely had the idea that I was probably going to stay with the Mets at the end of the season,” Colon said. “My family is up there, but it’s a business and I had to do what was right for me and my family.”
The Washington Nationals reportedly are interested in free agent catcher, Matt Wieters according to Jayson Stark of ESPN. The team though is not willing to go beyond a one-year deal at this time to acquire the All-Star catcher. Wieters remains the most prominent player left on the free agent market and could help Washington who has a big void to fill with losing Wilson Ramos.
The sale of the Miami Marlins may have hit a snag as the Kushner family has stated they will not buy the team if current owner, Jeffrey Loria becomes ambassador to France as recent reports suggest. “If that is true, we do not want this unrelated transaction to complicate that process and will not pursue it. The Kushners remain interested in purchasing a team and would love to buy the Marlins at another time.”
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TODAY IN METS HISTORY
The New York Mets signed ace, Tom Seaver to a new contract on this day in 1972 that would pay him $120,000 a year. The deal would make him the highest paid player in New York history at the time and youngest player ever to reach the $100,000 a year mark.
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