Found April 04, 2012 on Mets Fever:
Its unfortunatel to think about it like this, but it has been a loooong spring! After enduring Valley Fever, knee problems, twisted ankles, spiked heels and more abdominal issues than you can probably count, the Mets appear set to open the regular season with each and every one of their primary players.

That isn't to say this didn't come down to the wire. In fact, Tuesday was the first day back for both starting center-fielder Andres Torres and the team's lone lefty out of the bullpen, Tim Byrdak. As if that wasn't enough, the teams most recent injury scare came in the recently drained and MRI'd knee of closer Frank Francisco. Yet, everyone is good to go!

With their first 12 games coming against division opponents, the Mets will need every body they can find in order to get off to a good start. Now the organization and fans alike can turn their attention to the hope that everyone stays healthy as the Mets will bring their top 25 north, but have little in the way of depth to back them up.

I think it should go without saying that I'm surprised. These types of things don't work out for the Mets, at least not in recent memory. My only concern is that they're rushing one, if not several of their recently healed ballplayers back to the diamond. That said, while this may not be everyone's favorite roster, this will be the first time in YEARS that the Mets will field their best available squad. If nothing else, that IS something we can be excited about. Lets Go Mets!

Torres Leaves Game With An Injury

Mets center-fielder, Andres Torres, was injured this afternoon after misjudging a ball that ultimately rolled to the wall. While chasing the ball down he came up lame, apparently reinjuring the same calf muscle that plagued him all spring.Torres immediately walked in from the infield and was Met on the infield dirty by the Mets' training staff. No official word yet from the...

Mets Opening Day Roster Is Set – Byrdak, Francisco, Torres To Avoid The DL

Adam Rubin tells us that Tim Byrdak, who underwent March 13 surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee, is scheduled to pitch in today’s Grapefruit League game and will break camp with the Mets. Additionally, Andres Torres (calf) and Frank Francisco (knee) will avoid the DL and be ready for Opening Day on Thursday when the Mets take on the Braves at Citi Field...

Mets' Andres Torres out with leg injury

New Mets center fielder Andres Torres is headed to the disabled list and back to the team's spring training facility in Florida after re-injuring his left calf Thursday in New York's season-opening 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. ''I'm going to Port St. Lucie to begin rehabbing,'' Torres said. ''I'm going to see how I feel down there.'...

Mets closer Francisco to have MRI of left knee

Mets closer Frank Francisco was to have an MRI on his left knee Monday, a day after fluid was drained. Francisco said the knee felt sore earlier in camp but it went away until Saturday, when he pitched two innings against the Miami Marlins. ''The last game I pitched, the first inning was fine, but then when I sat on the bench, resting for the next inning, I felt like my...

Francisco Battling Sore Knee All Spring?

According to Mike Puma of the NY Post had the following blurb in a report this morning about closer Frank Francisco: Frank Francisco limped across the parking lot and told an observer he’s battling a toe problem, but manager Terry Collins said the reliever has dealt with a sore knee all spring. Francisco is having one of the worst springs of any player on the team and is 0...

Frank Francisco says his knee is ready to go despite swelling

I know it wasn’t thrilling news when the Mets signed relief pitcher Frank Francisco to a two year/$12 million contract over the winter, but it’s not as though the team is loaded with end-of-game relief options. Now that the health of Francisco’s knee is up in the air, the Mets are getting closer to having to explore some of those limited options. The good news is that Francisco...

Mets Host The Yankees Today At 2 PM, Torres Batting Leadoff

The New York Yankees come to Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie this afternoon for the first of two spring training games against the Mets. The second game is to be played at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. The Yankees have not played at the Mets’ spring training home since the spring of 1995. The teams last met for a spring game in Tampa on March 30, 1996 (the Mets won...

Andres Torres recovering, Mets could field full lineup on Opening Day

For years the mantra of the New York Mets has been: Anything that can go wrong will. Last year, our ace missed the entire season, we had another member of our starting rotation appear in just four games, our first baseman missed most of the season after colliding with our third baseman on a pop-up, our second baseman was fifth in the league in batting before suffering a season-ending...

Should Jon Rauch close if Frank Francisco opens on DL?

An MRI on Frank Francisco’s ailing left knee did not show any structural damage. That’s the good news. The other side of the coin is that the relief pitcher is still experiencing some swelling and he may or may not open the year on the disabled list. Already the speculation has begun about who would replace Francisco as the team’s closer, with early reports of Jon Rauch...

Five things to look for on Opening Day

Happy Opening Day folks! No matter your disposition on the state of the Mets,  Opening Day is always a clean slate for all and everyone starts the season 0-0. How can you not get excited to hear the sound of the crack of the bat and the ball hitting the leather, which is now about to be heard in Queens for the summer? Today’s Opening Day vs. the Atlanta Braves is not ripe with...

Mets expected to place OF Andres Torres on the DL

Andres Torres left today's game in the 7th inning with a left calf strained, he was trying track down the ball in centerfield and it got away from him. After that, he hurt himself while trying to get to the ball. He will head back to Port St. Lucie for medical reasons. Expect the Mets to call up some one like Matt Den Dekker or Kirk Nieuwenhuis who is more likey to get called up tomorrow.

Bottom of the Ninth: What to Look for in the First Week

Grey covered the Andrew Bailey and Frank Francisco situations nicely on Tuesday. However, I had already started putting information together, so I’ll leave you with a few lines from my Francisco write-up: While Francisco is not expected to miss anytime, we’re talking about a relatively fragile relief pitcher here and a Mets organization that has a hard enough time keeping healthy...

Post-Game: Game 1 - Mets Outduel Braves On Opening Day

This afternoon's opening day game brought with it Johan Santana's first start in more than eighteen months. Johan was successful and efficient early before laboring in the fifth and getting a tapper back to the mound to get out of a bases loaded jam. Santana finished with five scoreless innings, allowing only two hits while walking two and striking out five.The game remained...
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