The Mets are off tomorrow, but have a “B’’ game in Jupiter in which Shaun Marcum, Pedro Feliciano and LaTroy Hawkins will pitch.
The projected fifth starter, Marcum, raised concerns when he didn’t report in shape. Here is a guy trying to hang onto a major league job and he doesn’t come to camp ready to pitch and says he only needs four exhibition appearances to get ready for the season.
MARCUM: Pitches tomorrow.
Guys like that are hard to cheer for and you only hope he’s right about the four games. Somehow, I doubt it.
Hawkins, 40, is competing for a bullpen spot, and as a veteran supposedly requires only a minimum amount of innings.
Feliciano, once a Mets’ workhorse out of the pen, was sidelined with a heart ailment and is required to wear a monitor.
Considering all three could make the staff, that’s not a good sign for the Mets’ pitching.
SANTANA QUESTIONS: Other than Johan Santana being angry at reporters having the nerve to ask him about his condition, there’s been no timetable in the wake of his throwing off the mound Sunday.
I still don’t understand how the Mets can say they monitored Santana in the off-season, yet be surprised he didn’t come to camp in shape.
I also don’t understand why Santana, who knows the Mets won’t extend him beyond this season, didn’t report ready considering he would be pitching for a new contract.
Perhaps, with $31 million due him from the Mets this year, he’s already thought about cashing in his chips and calling it a career.
Just wondering. Also wondering why Santana wanted to pitch in the World Baseball Classic for Venezuela when he’s not even ready to pitch in an exhibition game for the Mets.