Although Saturday was the official reporting day for the New York Mets pitchers and catchers, most of them – including many position players – have already been in Port St. Lucie much of the week.
And, it has been a pretty eventual five days:
* General manager Sandy Alderson said it remains unlikely the Mets would sign shortstop Stephen Drew despite persistent reports to the contrary.
* Bobby Parnell threw ten pitches off the mound on Valentine’s Day, roughly two weeks ahead of schedule.
* Collins said Wilmer Flores would get some time at shortstop. He also said the shortstop starter has not been determined.
* Matt Harvey said he hopes to pitch this season, but Collins said he would not rush him.
* Reliever Kyle Farnsworth, now with his eighth team, said he has no illusions and will accept whatever role the Mets have in mind for him.
* Credit Bartolo Colon for telling the truth, saying he signed with the Mets because no other team would offer a second year. If his body holds up, Colon said he would pitch after his contract expires.
Note: It my intent to post a Mets Week in Review every Saturday.