Found February 22, 2012 on Macho Row:
<a href="" target='_new' title='Mets' Santana, Collins optimistic' >Video: Mets' Santana, Collins optimistic</a> “Suave, amigos. Everything is under control.” Those were the words of New York Mets starting pitcher Johana Santana Tuesday after throwing for the second time this spring off the mound. Santana has shoulder surgery in September of 2010, causing him to miss the entire 2011 season as a result. “In my mind right now, in my heart, he’ll be ready,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “I don’t think there’s any question. This guy has worked so hard in the last 18 months to get ready, I think he’s going to be ready, I really do.” Santana agrees. “Opening day’s always good,” Santana said. “But again, I’m approaching everything one day at a time. Goin

Mets expect P Santana to be ready for opener

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he expects ace Johan Santana to be ready for opening day. Santana, who hasn't pitched in the majors since Sept. 2, 2010, threw off a mound for the second time this year as he attempts to come back from shoulder surgery. “In my mind right now, in my heart, he’ll be ready,” Collins said. “I don’t think there’s any question...

Mets starter Johan Santana completes second bullpen session

Santana throws again Thursday

Mets skipper Collins: We'll be better than people expect

New York Mets manager Terry Collins anticipates Johan Santana will be ready for opening day. And despite drastic payroll cuts, he says the team will be a lot better than people think.

Collins manages to spring eternal

Terry Collins would not be Terry Collins if he didn’t offer the glass-completely-full Mets prophesy on the first official day of spring training. It’s not like the 62-year-old Mets skipper has been living in a cave all winter, oblivious to the reports of the demise of the Mets’ season before it has even begun. The reports, Collins states affirmatively, have been greatly exaggerated.

Collins ever the optimist at Mets camp

Mets manager Terry Collins typically arrives at the team's Spring Training complex by 4:30 ET every morning, so that he can finish a 90-minute workout before the first players begin trickling in.

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Mets Notes: Ike Is Cleared, Tejada Has Collins Concerned, Murphy Knocked Some Out Today

Earlier today, Mets first baseman Ike Davis was sent to New York to be examined by team doctors as a follow up to his physical, which the team said had nothing to do with his ankle. The Mets are now reporting that Davis has been cleared to resume workouts and is is expected to be back in camp tomorrow. ”They wanted to do a double-check on some things,” Collins said. “We...

Mets' Ruben Tejada delayed by visa problem, testing Terry Collins' patience

Mets experience first mini-controversy of camp

Collins had hoped for Tejada's early arrival

Mets manager Terry Collins is not pleased with shortstop Ruben Tejada's decision to wait until the reporting deadline to show up to camp. Tejada plans to obtain his travel papers Thursday in his native Panama, before arriving at Mets camp Saturday -- the deadline for position players to report.

Mets' Tejada remains in Panama while trying to obtain visa

Terry Collins knows that Ruben Tejada is not late. He also knows that the young man who will replace Jose Reyes has already impressed with hustle and precocious baseball instincts. The manager even called himself “selfish” for wishing that Tejada was already in Port St. Lucie. But still, despite all those qualifications, Collins’ visceral desire remains: He wants Tejada in camp, now.

Here We Go Again

You know, it was ridiculous when it was being tossed around last season, and even without the hyper-critical masses it's ridiculous now. But here we are, the reason I hate spring training ... too big a deal being made out of somebody not showing up to camp early. This time, the "culprit" is Ruben Tejada. And the man partly responsible for turning molehill into mountain...
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