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As the Mets get closer to Opening Day they are going to have to make tough decisions for their roster. The biggest questions for the team are with the bullpen. Right there are five pitchers who look to be locks for Opening Day barring injuries: Frank Francisco Ramon Ramirez Jon Rauch Bobby Parnell Manny Acosta Before Spring Training you could have added Pedro Beato and Tim Byrdak to that list of names, but injuries have delayed the start of their seasons. Beato is likely going to start the season the DL because of his strained rotator cuff. Byrdak had knee surgery to repair his meniscus, but Adam Rubin said that he might only miss the first series of the season. Somehow I find that hard to believe and I’m just assuming Byrdak will miss a few weeks of the season. So with the both of them out, it would open two spots on the Opening Day roster. Personally I believe who ever performs better in Spring Training should be award these spots. It looks like these two spots are going to...

Garrett Olson Struck By Batted Ball, Suffers Contusion

  Mets left-hander Garrett Olson was struck by a batted ball on his pitching hand during a Minor League game on Sunday. He suffered a contusion on the palm of his hand and was taken to a local hospital for precautionary X-rays, which were negative. Olson was a strong contender to make the Mets as a reliever, and it’s not yet clear if this will pose any setback. He has allowed...

Mets' Dickey: I was sexually abused

Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey has revealed in a new autobiography that he was sexually abused as a child. In an excerpt published by Sports Illustrated, the Mets knuckleballer says he was 8 years old when a 13-year-old female babysitter began sexually abusing him. Dickey said in the book, "Wherever I Wind Up," he didn't reveal the abuse to anyone until telling his wife...

Done Deal: Chris Young Signs Minor League Deal With Mets

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mets have re-signed free-agent RHP Chris Young to a minor league contract. Young won’t be ready to pitch until July at the earliest. Original Post 11:00 AM Adam Rubin is reporting that right-hander pitcher Chris Young is close to re-signing with the Mets on a minor league deal. Young made four solid starts for the Mets last season...

From John Delcos: Greetings folks. Filling in for Joe.

I’m John Delcos from I will be posting for Joe while he is laid up for several days following surgery. Joe and I have teamed up in the past and we will do again throughout the year. I wish Joe a speedy recovery and hope you will do the same with your comments. With a week to go before spring training, even despite their low expectations, the Mets aren’t...

Santana Slated To Throw 90-95 Pitches Today Against Cards

Johan Santana takes the mound today in a 1:05 PM start against the St. Louis Cardinals. Manager Terry Collins said Santana is expected to throw 90-95 pitches in the game. In his last start, also against the Cardinals, Santana threw 69 pitches, 48 of them for strikes in what was his best pitched game of the spring. His impressive performance prompted Collins to say this: “There...

Mets To Honor Gary Carter On Opening Day

The New York Mets will honor the memory of Gary Carter on Opening Day, Thursday, April 5 at Citi Field with his family participating in a special pre-game ceremony prior to the season’s opener against the Atlanta Braves at 1:10 p.m. Carter passed away February 16 after a courageous 10-month battle with brain cancer. Gary’s wife, Sandy, son, D.J., and daughters, Kimmy and Christy...

Young close to returning on MiLB

Photo by Michael BaronAndy McCullough of the Star Ledger is reporting that the Mets should finalize a minor league deal with Chris Young by the end of the week.  Young was excellent in his four starts for the Mets last year but it seems like an awful fast return from the same surgery Johan Santana had and took twice as long to return.  It doesn't really impact them to bring...

Torres not progressing

Photo by Michael BaronAndres Torres straining left calf is not making progress and there is still no time frame on his return.  With just a little over a week before opening day the Mets have to come up with an alternative plan. Even if Hairston was seen as an everyday center fielder, which I don't believe is the case they have to take it easy on him as he returns from his...

Spring Training Week 3: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

With three weeks of Grapefruit League action in the books and just nine games to go before the Home Opener at Citi Field against the  Braves on April 5th, now’s as good a time as any to see which players are performing and who isn’t. METS HITTING – MIN 25 AB HOT Mike Baxter – 39 AB,  .333/.381/.359 – 4 SB Vinny Rottino – 45 AB,  .311/.311/.333 Ruben Tejada – 26...

David Wright starts his spring with a hit

David Wright lines a single up the middle in his first at-bat!!! — New York Mets (@Mets) March 26, 2012  

Cardinals can't get past Mets

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- David Wright singled and made a fine fielding play in his first spring training game, helping the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Monday. Wright had missed the entire Grapefruit League schedule because of a torn abdominal muscle. He lined Jake Westbrook's full-count pitch into left field in the first inning. He grounded out to short in the...

Freeman hits 2 homers, Braves beat Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Freddie Freeman hit two home runs, Michael Bourn also connected and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 7-5 Tuesday in a matchup of teams that will meet next week on opening day. Both clubs rolled out pitchers who are not expected to make the starting rotation when the season begins. Freeman homered in the seventh inning and again in the ninth...
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