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    VIERA, Fla. -- Two Mets backups are back up to health, and that's reason to rejoice. For a team trudging onward with the majority of its starting lineup incapable of playing, every healthy body has become critical at this juncture of spring.

    So the fact that Marlon Anderson and Damion Easley, two of the team's most versatile and essential bench players, both felt well enough on Thursday to make their Grapefruit League debuts was no small boost. Anderson had been recovering from a bruised sternum -- a result of his outfield crash with Ryan Church last week -- and Easley was still healing from the severely sprained left ankle that caused him to miss the end of last season.

    Both are now well enough to contribute, and well enough to play in as many Grapefruit League games as their lingering injuries will allow. Manager Willie Randolph didn't anticipate taking either player on Friday's trip to Winter Haven, Fla., though Thursday's canceled game could change his plans. Healthy bodies can do that.

    "It's been a funny camp," Easley said. "I don't think I've ever been part of a camp that had so many injuries. I guess if you play long enough, you'll see some stuff you've never seen before."

    Weekend warrior: Reliever Duaner Sanchez expected to pitch in a Grapefruit League game by the weekend after spending the entirety of this week idling on a program of long-toss and bullpen sessions. Sanchez hasn't pitched in a game since last Friday with what he calls "normal soreness."

    Sanchez wouldn't acknowledge what, if any, effect the delays will have on his ability to be ready by Opening Day. The Mets first want to see him pitch in back-to-back Spring Training games, though there may not be enough time remaining for him to stretch his arm to that extent.

    "What about we take it step by step, how about that?" Sanchez said. "I don't want to say yes, I don't want to say no. But yes, I'm doing everything I can to be there in the first game."

    Church's bells no longer ringing: Church began taking motion-sickness medicine after his visit to the neurologist on Wednesday, and has since seen reduced symptoms from his Grade 2 concussion. He said that he still experienced bouts of dizziness early Thursday morning, but nothing more.

    Only when Church remains free of symptoms for two consecutive days will doctors clear him to play.

    Delgado inching closer: Carlos Delgado took batting practice on Thursday, facing live pitching for the first time since reporting an impingement in his right hip last week.




    "Every day is a test," Delgado said. "It is a progression."

    Delgado noted that his batting practice sessions on Thursday and Friday would be keys toward determining his availability throughout the next week. He could return as soon as this weekend.

    "Like everything else, I'm just waiting until he gives me a head's-up on when he's ready to go," Randolph said. "It's not smart to put pressure on guys to get in unless they say they want to go."

    Shoo, shoe: Infielder Ruben Gotay shed his protective boot on Thursday to participate in pool workouts and ride a stationary bike -- the only lower-body exercises he can safely perform while recovering from a sprained right ankle.

    He will still wear the boot at times, though he doesn't need it to walk normally.

    "I don't feel comfortable with it," Gotay said. "So I don't always wear it."

    Mets bits: Catcher Brian Schneider expected his tight right hamstring to be well enough for him to play on Saturday, in the team's next home game. Schneider said that it's easier for him to keep the hamstring loose with the exercise equipment available to him at Tradition Field. ... The Mets made their first round of cuts on Thursday, re-assigning top pitching prospects Jonathan Niese, Brant Rustich and Robert Parnell to Minor League camp. The team planned to reveal an official list of cuts on Friday.

    Coming up: Oliver Perez will make his second Grapefruit League start on Friday in a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Indians in Winter Haven. The Mets originally intended to use relievers Matt Wise and Pedro Feliciano in the game, though Thursday's scheduled relievers, Billy Wagner and Aaron Heilman, could also pitch. Lefty Cliff Lee will start for the Indians.
    Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.

    -Lou Brock-

  • #2
    It looks like the Mets are going to be a 'pitching' team to start the season until the rest of the ship can get righted.

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    • #3
      Ryan Church, Brian Schneider, Damion Easley, Marlon Anderson, Endy Chavez, and Duaner Sanchez have been cleared to play today.

      EDIT: In fact, Schneider and Easley have hit homeruns in their first games.
      Last edited by Dalkowski110; 03-08-2008, 12:16 PM.
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      • #4
        that just leaves beltran delgado and castillo
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        -Lou Brock-

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        • #5
          Delgado should be coming back within a week. From what I've heard Beltran looks really good and will definitely be returning well before Opening Day. Castillo I'm not too sure of. Gotay's ankle seems to be getting better but I don't know when he'll be back. Also not sure about Michel Abreu.
          "They put me in the Hall of Fame? They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel!"
          -Eppa Rixey, upon learning of his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

          Motafy (MO-ta-fy) vt. -fied, -fying 1. For a pitcher to melt down in a big game situation; to become like Guillermo Mota. 2. The transformation of a good pitcher into one of Guillermo Mota's caliber.

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          • #6
            I've been surprised how much Mets fans have been panicking about the injuries. There's plenty of time for these guys to get healthy. And yeah, it's annoying to hear Willie Randolph say that the Mets are "getting it all out of the way," as if there were a specific injury quota that the Mets had to fill and more injuries now means fewer later. But the only long-term injury on the Mets roster is Moises Alou, and we all know he's lucky to get 10 at-bats in a season.
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            • #7
              Comeback kid: Jose Valentin will make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday, two weeks earlier than he originally expected.
              Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.

              -Lou Brock-

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              • #8
                I like the idea of having Valentin. He won't provide much of a spark of the bench, but he is a good veteran to have in the clubhouse. I see him becoming an unofficial player/coach in AAA Orleans.
                Santastic!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by crazytp93 View Post
                  I like the idea of having Valentin. He won't provide much of a spark of the bench, but he is a good veteran to have in the clubhouse. I see him becoming an unofficial player/coach in AAA Orleans.

                  na hes deffinately stayin the Major League roster as a back up 1b
                  Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.

                  -Lou Brock-

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                  • #10
                    I **REALLY** doubt he makes the big club. Maybe if Alou had stayed healthy, but now they have to either trade for a new outfielder or give what would have been his roster spot to Angel Pagan.
                    "They put me in the Hall of Fame? They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel!"
                    -Eppa Rixey, upon learning of his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

                    Motafy (MO-ta-fy) vt. -fied, -fying 1. For a pitcher to melt down in a big game situation; to become like Guillermo Mota. 2. The transformation of a good pitcher into one of Guillermo Mota's caliber.

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                    • #11
                      Hey, the guy can play a little bit when he's not hurting. He was about 5 minutes away from being released a couple of years ago. I've seen stranger things happen.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Dalkowski110 View Post
                        I **REALLY** doubt he makes the big club. Maybe if Alou had stayed healthy, but now they have to either trade for a new outfielder or give what would have been his roster spot to Angel Pagan.
                        then who backs up delgado... anderson ?
                        Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.

                        -Lou Brock-

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                        • #13
                          Damion Easley backs up (and possibly even platoons with) Delgado, who played first base very well until that horrid ankle injury forced us to trade for Jeff Conine.

                          "Hey, the guy can play a little bit when he's not hurting. He was about 5 minutes away from being released a couple of years ago. I've seen stranger things happen."

                          I'm not disagreeing. However, Ruben Gotay's presence changes the dynamic quite a bit. You can have Valentin and Gotay battling for a roster spot now that Angel Pagan is likely to be our leftfielder (barring a trade of course), but given Gotay's finally hitting well from the right side in ST before his minor ankle injury, that's just one more point in his favor.
                          Last edited by Dalkowski110; 03-08-2008, 11:46 PM.
                          "They put me in the Hall of Fame? They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel!"
                          -Eppa Rixey, upon learning of his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

                          Motafy (MO-ta-fy) vt. -fied, -fying 1. For a pitcher to melt down in a big game situation; to become like Guillermo Mota. 2. The transformation of a good pitcher into one of Guillermo Mota's caliber.

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                          • #14
                            Also Gotay has no more options.
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                            • #15
                              http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/news/art...=.jsp&c_id=nym
                              Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.

                              -Lou Brock-

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