It’s just a strain, but even so, the Mets look as though they will be without Pedro for 4-6 weeks. Reportedly, he wasn’t limping today, but even so, you may as well get it 100%, particularly with Pedro.
I’ve been thinking about the injury, wondering if Pedro may have been holding back a little and that’s how he got hurt. He was touching low 90s in the spring, but last night I don’t think he topped 88. If he shortens up a bit, tries not to overthrow, he can mess up his stride and injure himself. No idea if that’s what happened, and you have to think Pedro knows himself better than anybody and wouldn’t do anything that would mess with his motion.
Nice work by Oliver Perez tonight, shutting down the Marlins as the Mets bats go wild…it’s currently 11-0. Church and Wright have homered, and Beltran had one called back on an appeal. Nice to see them come out ripping after a disheartening loss, in more ways than one, last night.
Mike Pelfrey was pretty much abused Saturday by the Marlins. Though certainly not good, it was nice to see Brian Schneider and Damion Easley back in the lineup. Both went deep, and were joined in the lineup by Ryan Church. Interesting note during the WFAN game telecast today regarding Church. Apparently, he told Randolph he wanted to play because he feels he needs to prove his worth to his teammates since coming over from Washington. While I don’t want him taking chances with his health, this kind of attitude is good to see.
During the telecast it was also mentioned that Jose Valentin could see action as early as Sunday, making incredible strides in returning from his knee injury. He wasn’t expected to play for another couple of weeks, and was seen starting the year with AAA New Orleans. If he can be at all productive, his switch hitting bat will provide some power and versatility to the bench corps.
It’s spring training, so we don’t weigh anything too heavily here, but it’s nice to see top prospect Fernando Martinez hitting .333 on the spring. Only 2 Ks as well, so he hasn’t been overmatched in the slightest. He needs seasoning, and a full year at AAA would do him good, but this kid is going to come quickly.
From elsewhere around the majors, in surprising news Mike Hampton is hurt again. He made it 3 innings into the spring this time, but now is out with a groin injury. Supposedly, it’s not serious. I wonder if his kids in those great Colorado schools ever were taught what "injury prone" means. If you’re not a Mets fan, you likely don’t get the reference…apologies.
In other injury news, Josh Beckett left before today’s spring start with back spasms. Expect the Sox to be careful with him the rest of the spring, but he’ll start Opening Day. The Dodgers lost Adam LaRoche for at least two months with a torn thumb ligament. LaRoche was hit by a pickoff throw of all things.
If you did beyond the worthless Wally Matthews, Newsday’s Jim Baumbach offers an intriguing option for the Mets with Moises Alou out. No, it’s not Sammy Steroid. It’s Kenny Lofton. A free agent, so he’d cost them no players, just cash, Lofton hit .296 with a .367 OBP. Though he stole 23 bases, he had 21 at midseason, but the Indians didn’t run him much. He’s 40, but it wouldn’t take much to sign him, and he hasn’t posted an OBP below .346 since 2001. Not a bad idea.
Had my Fantasy Draft today…had to cut out of the live draft with 3 rounds remaining, and the evil computer gods drafted Tom Glavine for me. I’ll be ditching his gutless *** as soon as I can find a taker.