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During the offseason, Ryan Braun failed a drug test and was suspended for 50 games. He immediately appealed and this week his suspension was lifted by an arbitrator, supposedly over chain-of-command issues. After the decision, Braun issued the following statement, as originally quoted by AP writer Ronald Blum: “We provided complete cooperation throughout, despite the highly unusual circumstances. I have been an open book, willing to share details from every aspect of my life as part of this investigation, because I have nothing to hide,” Braun said in his statement. “I have passed over 25 drug tests in my career, including at least three in the past year.” A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that, after being informed of the positive result, Braun asked to have another urine test taken, and that the second test was within normal range. Jose Bautista has been subject to more “random” drug tests than normal since he started hitting so many homers. Braun...

Terry Collins On Setting Lineup, Is It Already Set For Opening Day?

Terry Collins has been very vocal early this Spring.  He is making decisions early for the starting lineup, and it appears that he wants his players to know where they stand, and use Spring Training to prepare themselves for their role come opening day. Today he said that he “expects Ike Davis to hit 4th and Bay to hit 5th in the lineup”. Davis is the most logical player to...

Serby's Sunday Q & A with... Terry Collins

With the exhibition season on the horizon, Post columnist Steve Serby pitched some questions to Mets manager Terry Collins. Q: How fiery and emotional will you be when you address your team tomorrow? A: I’ve been a fiery guy my entire life. I don’t expect to change. What...

Tejada still not in camp, Collins still displeased; I’ll reserve judgement

This afternoon at Port St. Lucie, Terry Collins spoke with reporters and the topic of Ruben Tejada not being in camp came up once again.  According to MetsBlog’s Michael Baron, Collins said he intends to speak with the shortstop about his early absence from camp when he arrives. There’s a process here when ‘you’re the guy. Tejada is a big part of the puzzle. Maybe it’s...

Tejada arrives later than Collins wanted

New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada has reported to spring training camp on time. Still, it was later than manager Terry Collins had anticipated. ''I just think it sends messages. I'm sure he got the message,'' Collins said Sunday. ''He's such a good kid and he was very upset to think he'd messed up. I don't think he understood the urgency...

Collins irked that Tejada is tardy

Ruben Tejada will have a doghouse awaiting him when he arrives to Mets spring training on Saturday. Though the shortstop is not technically late in reporting to camp, manager Terry Collins views it differently, considering Tejada is a young player starting a new job as he replaces Jose Reyes. "I am a little surprised," Collins said Wednesday. "A lot of it is just...

Mets Afternoon Notes: Captain Kirk, Santana’s Schedule, Collins Not Worried About OF Defense

Sunday Afternoon Notes Despite Sandy Alderson’s concern about the Mets outfield defense, manager Terry Collins indicated he is not worried about it. “We know Andres Torres is an outstanding defender,” Collins said. “We know the left fielder is a very good outfielder, and the kid who is playing right field is working as hard as any guy that I’ve ever been around, so he’s...

Collins Really Irked By Tejada’s Absence

Ruben Tejada seems to have overtaken Copter-gate as the lead story from Mets camp today. Here’s what’s coming in from the beat: Collins had proposed to Tejada to work out in Port St. Lucie in November with organization strength coach Jason (“Nitro”) Craig. Then, the manager suggested, Tejada could go home to Panama for the holidays and return to the Mets’ Florida complex...

Ruben Tejada arrives in camp

A couple days after Terry Collins voiced his displeasure over Ruben Tejada not being in camp early, the Mets new starting shortstop arrived in Port St. Lucie.  I’m not really sure how big of a deal this issue is, I mean if Collins is expecting a 22-year-old kid to lead by example then I think he may be asking a bit much. #bbpBox_173764300190654464 a { text-decoration:none; color...

Mets manager Terry Collins’ trying day ensures bad one for Ruben Tejada

Also, Johan Santana throws successful bullpen session

Gee whiz! Dillon to start spring opener, Johan to follow

Terry Collins announced on Saturday that Dillon Gee will start the Grapefruit League opener on March 5, at Digital Domain Park against Washington.

Collins to Tejada: Early bird catches the worm

PORT ST. LUCIE — After Ruben Tejada just beats the clock today and reports to Mets camp before the deadline for position players, manager Terry Collins expects to have a chat with his new starting shortstop.“I’m going to explain to him there’s a process here when you’re...

Morning Notes: Tejada In Camp, Johan and Ike Updates

And the beat goes on… Most of the players will complete their physicals today as they get ready for their first official full squad workout on Monday. Terry Collins will set the tone for his camp and address the troops beforehand. Ruben Tejada arrived to Digital Domain Park this morning and met with Terry Collins at 8:00 AM to clear the air. The manager wanted Tejada at the team’s...

Mets SS Tejada arrives after visa issues (AP)

New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada has reported to spring training camp on time. Still, it was later than manager Terry Collins had anticipated. Collins says he had expected Tejada to be among the early arrivals so the Mets could get a head start with their new double-play combination. Tejada takes over for Jose Reyes, who took a free agent deal with the Marlins, and Daniel Murphy...
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