When you do the math, if Johan Santana makes his first spring training start March 18, he’ll be in line to make his regular season debut April 11 at Miami.
That works out better, skipping frosty Cincinnati for Florida after five spring training appearances.
Nobody seems all that concerned. Newsday’s Dave Lennon suggested Jerry Manuel won’t watch Santana work in the bullpen today as to downplay the situation.
Interesting point, and one that makes some sense.
However, what it doesn’t do is make Santana’s elbow feel any better.
Said Manuel: “I haven’t even discussed Johan. I’m not real concerned with Johan at this point, as far as what he’s doing, as far as sides, those types of things. I’m just glad to see him every day.’’
It’s clear after his first two starts Freddy Garcia doesn’t have it. There’s nothing on his fastball. Four more runs today and has an ERA of 20.25.
They say stats don’t matter in spring training, but they do when you’re trying to hang on to your career. Eight runs on five hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings shows no glimmer of hope.
Tom Glavine has a job this summer. He’ll make $1 million this year from the Braves. It’s what you get at the end of your career when you’ve already locked up the Hall of Fame and just want to play.
Pedro Martinez is auditioning with Team Dominican Republic. There are no guarantees for him.
Martinez took a shot at Glavine the other day when talking about his contract: “If I wanted to pitch that bad, I probably would. But I don’t think I’m in that stage. I believe I’m very comfortable. I’m not going to let anybody disrespect my abilities or the way I am. I wouldn’t say I would want to pitch that bad.”
Wow. That’s high heat. Glavine and Martinez were never best buds when the two were on the Mets.
I had the sense Glavine resented some of the things Martinez got away with, such as dictating his own training. I also had the sense Martinez didn’t want to share billing with Glavine.
SANTANA: You worried?
I might have sipped the Kool-Aid upon hearing the news Johan Santana had a painfree bullpen session yesterday and had his MRI trip to New York canceled.
While painfree is positive news, the monster storm that ripped the Northeast had to figure into Santana’s travel plans. He wasn’t going to get out today anyway. Why have him sit around an airport for hours?
The fact is, however, if his elbow was sore enough for a MRI before the bullpen, then that’s a concern. Once the weather clears, it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s re-examined. This is a guy you don’t want to take chances with. The Mets need to be safe with him.
Let’s have a show of hands if you’re concerned about Santana or if you believe all is well.
After Johan Santana threw a painfree 30-pitch bullpen session this morning the Mets scrapped plans for him to return to New York tomorrow for a MRI on his left elbow.
Santana didn’t throw any sliders during the session and said he felt better the more he threw, a sign his elbow is loosening up.
The team hasn’t announced when he’ll make his start, but this was a positive development.