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.
MLB.com reported Fernando Martinez left the Carribean World Series to have his sore right elbow examined in New York.
“I felt my elbow tighten up the day before yesterday,” Martinez said. “It was a little swollen. It’s better. I feel I can play again. I don’t think I need to fly to New York to get a check up, but the Mets want me to.”
I have a gut feeling the left field platoon of Daniel Murphy and Fernando Tatis might not pan out and F-Mart might get unexpected time in the majors.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel was in New York the other day at a charity function and was asked about Manny Ramirez. He wants him, but knows it’s not happening.
Said Manuel: “We have to deal with what we have. And, we have a pretty good team. We feel like we have enough tools to make it to the playoffs.”
Do you agree? As they are comprised now, do you believe the Mets are a playoff team?
HEILMAN: Change of scenery.
Aaron Heilman could have ripped the Mets, but took the high road when asked about his time in New York when questioned by The Seattle Times.
“Playing in New York is the only existence I’ve known and I think you get used to it,” Heilman said. “You learn to accept the fact that you are dealing with a very passionate, very knowledgeable fan base. … New York’s one of those markets where unless you win the World Series, it’s not a good year.”
Clearly, Heilman wanted to start, but the Mets valued him in the bullpen. It was always presumed he would have left when he became a free agent. However, the Mets beat him to the punch and included him in the J.J. Putz trade.
“I certainly didn’t look at it as I really wanted to get out of New York,” Heilman told the paper. “I was kind of looking forward to going back and showing that last season was an aberration and to get back to what I normally can do.”
When he’s on his game, and he wasn’t for much of last season, he’s capable of getting hitters out from either side of the plate.
Heilman had productive stretches both in 2007 and last season, but didn’t come close to his 2006 effectiveness. Especially, when it came to keeping the ball in the park.
More than a few times he denied he was scarred by giving up the Game 7 homer in the NLCS.