Mar 02

On second thought ….

SANTANA: You worried?

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.

Mar 01

Good news for Santana

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.

Feb 27

Fifth starter update: Livan sharp; Garcia not so

GARCIA: Rough day.

GARCIA: Rough day.

Watching Feddy Garcia labor big time against the Cardinals. It’s early, but it has to be frustrating for Garcia, who has given up four runs on a pile of pitches. Garcia is trying to make the team as the fifth starter.

He’s competing with Livan Hernandez, who threw two perfect innings today, Tim Redding and Jon Niese.

If I were betting, I would say Hernandez wins the job, Redding will get slotted as the long man, Niese and Garcia would open in the minors.

Feb 26

Not convinced about Reyes in three hole ….

Every time Jose Reyes goes deep, it seems that soon after he gets into a funk where he starts uppercutting and trying to drive everything and gets away from hitting the ball on the ground. He went deep twice today.

If he becomes a 40-homer guy, fine. But, I don’t really see that happening. Hitting two homers is an aberration. I’d rather see him walk twice a game than go 0-for-4 with two flyballs and two strikeouts.

I don’t see what Jerry Manuel sees in batting Reyes third. I’d rather have him hit first with Luis Castillo second.

Feb 26

Santana scratched for tomorrow ….

Johan Santana has been scratched from tomorrow’s start because of tenderness in his elbow. Jerry Manuel said he would pitch during the regular season, which is manager speak for saying, “I don’t want to make a big thing about this right now.”

Santana pitched through a tender elbow last year.

Tim Redding, who is trying to build up his arm strength, won’t throw off the mound tomorrow. Redding will continue to long toss and won’t go off the mound until next week. The Mets are thinking March 8 for when he’ll get in a game.

Mike Pelfrey will start tomorrow.