Team USA was getting ready for an exhibition game yesterday to continue preparing for the WBC, but an injury to Mark Teixeira will cause the team to start looking for another first baseman. While swinging in the cage before the game, Teixeira strained his right wrist, scratching him from the lineup, and from the World Baseball Classic altogether. However, once the dust settled on that story, the star-studded team took the field in Arizona, playing to a 4-4 tie with the Chicago White Sox. They had to come back from a 4-0 deficit, which David Wright helped with, as he hit an RBI triple to plate teammate Ryan Braun. When Wright takes the field on Friday against, there will be a familiar face on the mound, as 2012 NL Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey is expected to make the start, but could there be another?
Dan Haefeli provided his opinion on the rumor that Ike Davis is currently being considered as a replacement, and if by some chance he is selected, I hope he says yes. As David Wright has said many times, the only team he has more pride playing for other than the Mets is for the United States of America. If Davis is chosen as the replacement, there won’t be much of a difference out in the field. Both him and Teixeira are known as solid defenders, and each have 30+ HR potential. Despite his .227 mark from last season, I feel that Ike is a better overall hitter than Tex, and could bring plenty of value. Playing meaningful games this early in the year could also help Davis get into mid-season form faster, benefiting the Mets upon his return.
As usual, Danny Abriano kept us current with the yesterday’s news stories as they hit the public. It was an off-day for the MLB squad, but there were a group of Mets players that made a trip to play a scrimmage against the Marlins, with Shaun Marcum, Pedro Feliciano, and LaTroy Hawkins all taking the mound. Marcum wiggled out of a bases loaded jam and threw two scoreless innings, while Feliciano and Hawkins both allowed a run in their appearances. For Feliciano, he was happy to get on a mound despite his decreased velocity (82-83 mph), as he pitched with a heart monitor for the first time. He is expected to pitch again tomorrow.
Meanwhile, something was flagged in Jenrry Mejia‘s physical, and he’s headed back to New York to get the unidentified issue looked at. There has been no comment as to what the doctors saw, but let’s hope it’s nothing serious- that’s all Mejia needs at this point.
While killing some time without any official Mets baseball to keep track of, I talked about how Omar Quintanilla is already starting to make it real hard to keep him off the roster heading toward Opening Day, especially when you combine his success with the struggles of Brandon Hicks. Quintanilla made the trip for the scrimmage with the Marlins, and went 0-for-4.
Baseball will return to Tradition Field this afternoon, as Team Venezuela will face off against New York as a tune-up before they start their WBC schedule. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35p EST.