News and notes will be emerging throughout the day. This post will be updated as new pieces of information come in (newest at the top)…
- Adam Rubin provides a transcript of Johan Santana’s comments from today. Santana’s spring debut has been pushed back, but he said the need to “build up strength” was the reason for the delay.
- Per the beat writers, Pedro Feliciano has been sent back to New York for a follow up to his physical. The issue with Feliciano was described as “non-orthopedic.”
- Per the beat writers, Sandy Alderson just said that Johan Santana‘s first start of the spring has been pushed back to somewhere between March 10th and March 15th. Alderson said Santana simply needs to build up strength (that it’s not injury related). I don’t want to speculate too much at this point, but it’s certainly fair to wonder if Santana will be ready by opening day. If his first start isn’t until the 15th, it would likely give him only three starts to prepare for the season. Andy Martino pointed out that Santana is long tossing today, so that seems to rule out a Mets generated conspiracy (that they’re hiding an injury) for those who like to create that stuff out of thin air.
- Adam Rubin of ESPN spoke to a source who said its not likely that the Mets will look to reunite with free agent and former closer Francisco Rodriguez. Rodriguez, 31, will be pitching for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.
- Tomorrow afternoon at 12 PM on SNY, the Mets will play their first official game of the spring. After nearly five months, the team will be back in action. It felt great to be able to type that.
- Here are the lineups for today’s intrasquad game that gets underway at 12 PM.