Mets Notes: Sheffield, Pelfrey, Ollie, Wagner

Gary Sheffield is expected to start in right field for the first time this season. He enters the game with 499 homeruns and may mark the first memorable Mets moment at Citi Field if he hits number 500 at Shea tonight. I’m not exactly sure how to feel about that, but if it’s a game winning homer than bring it on.

Who knows what we can expect from Oliver Perez when he takes the mound tonight against the Padres. Mike Puma of the Post says it best, “If Perez wants the boos, moos and jokes to disappear, tonight would be as good a time as any to get his act together and give the Mets something resembling a quality outing. ” Geesh… easier said than done.

According to a post on MetsBlog from Jordan Zakarin, ESPN’s Peter Gammons has reported that Mike Pelfrey has forearm tendinitis. Apparently he said this on the air, but I couldn’t find anything more on this after some searching. It would explain the dismal start by Big Pelf and will also rehash the debate over the Verducci Effect.

Billy Wagner took a major step forward in his rehab and threw off a mound yesterday. Mets pitching coordinator Guy Conti was impressed. “My job is to observe him, see how he looks and see how he feels, and he looks good,” Conti said. “I think he was excited to be out there and put the uniform on again. He seemed happy. He’s a real tough, competitive guy, and we want to see where he’s at. I was shocked at how he looked, physically. He came out in shorts Tuesday, and he was just cut. His legs look strong and his core looks strong. He just looks strong.”

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