Via Newsday’s David Lennon:
The Mets 2007 roster for Opening Day is complete. Ambiorix Burgos and Lastings Milledge took the final two spots after today’s 8-2 win over the Marlins. Reliever Jon Adkins cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans. In a somewhat surprising move, Chan Ho Park accepted a demotion to New Orleans as well rather than ask for his release, so the Mets were able to retain both Adkins and Park.
And via the Journal News’ John Delcos:
Of all the things that happened today, Chan Ho Park accepting the option was the most surprising. He did because he’s invested too much time with the Mets to go searching for a team now.
“This is better for me because it gets me ready to start,’’ Park said. “I tried the bullpen but I wasn’t comfortable with that.”…One thing Park considered in his decision was the Mets using 13 different starters last year. They’ve got questions this year, and there’s little doubt he’ll eventually get a start.
Via the Journal News’ Peter Abraham:
Darrell Rasner is on the team and is being lined up to start on Sunday, April 8.
Ron Villone confirmed that the Yankees have asked him to pitch for Class AAA Scranton. He is undecided as to what he wants to do. He is waiting to see if he has any other options.
Good thing Carl Pavano took that time off from the most critical spring training of his career to be with ailing girlfriend Gia Allemand. It was time well spent, it would seem.
If you recall, Calamity Carl bailed on a scheduled start in order to be by Allemand’s side after she was reportedly hospitalized with a “serious medical condition.” Just a few weeks later, the Post is reporting that “just days away from the most important game of his life, much-maligned Yankee pitcher Carl Pavano has been given the hook – by his gorgeous girlfriend.” According to the report, Pavano had been cheating on the Queens native, prompting the split.
Via The Post:
“I stood by him and didn’t work so I could help him out, and he cheats on me. Nice, right?”…”I’ve given up too much for him. Carl hasn’t been there at all for me,” she said. “The time when I needed Carl the most, he hasn’t been there.”
Obviously hurting, Allemand described their relationship as …
So as it turns out, Islanders officials are a bunch of liars – potentially a bunch of dangerous liars. Goalie Rick DiPietro has indeed suffered a serious concussion that could keep him out for the rest of the season. Newsday’s Greg Logan provides us with several quotes from within the organization:
Isles’ VP of media relations Chris Botta on the decision to dispose of the deception now:
“We believe a head injury is a private issue,” Botta said. “We’re coming out with this information now because we don’t want anyone to question that Rick is a warrior. He wants to play. This is a special case. We didn’t want this issue to go any longer for the fans not to understand the situation.”
GM Garth Snow on whether DiPi was initially allowed to return too soon:
“No. He was diagnosed with a mild concussion. His CT scan was fine, he had six days of rest, and he was monitored by the medical staff. He had no complaints leading up to the games.”
UPDATE: Not sure why all the secrecy, but apparently the Knicks knew more about Q’s upcoming surgery than they were letting on. In fact, The Daily News’ Frank Isola is now reporting that Q underwent surgery yesterday, and is obviously done for the season. Via Isola:
Isiah Thomas even suggested that the Knicks were well aware that Richardson would eventually need surgery. Because of Richardson’s history of back problems the Knicks could not get his contract insured.
The Knicks said that Richardson had microdiskectomy surgery which, according to medical journals, is the “minimally invasive surgical removal of disk fragments from a herniated disk, usually in the lower back (lumbar area).”
Via The New York Times’ Howard Beck:
[Knicks quard Quentin] Richardson recently told teammates that he will not play again this season and that he would probably have surgery to repair a ruptured disk. Richardson was said to be seeking a second opinion before committing to the operation. The typical recovery time is four to five months, which means that if …
I get the feeling it’s going to be a looong season for Giants fans. Tom Coughlin can’t seem to win these days, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see that trend continue on the field as well. With so much sentiment and karma going the other way, you really have to question ownership’s decision to bring the lame-duck coach back. Especially given the retirement of Tiki Barber, and the appointment of Jerry Reese as GM, it seemed a perfect time to start fresh with a new regime. Alas, instead things only seem to be getting messier and messier for Big Blue.
Kudos to the Post for this bizarrely topical photo to the right.
No punishment for Coughlin’s ‘Hitler’ quote
JINTS WON’T GET IN COUGHLIN CORNER
New York Post
Giants: Coughlin draws flak
Newark Star Ledger
As expected, Yankees manager Joe Torre announced this morning that Josh Phelps has beaten out Andy Phillips to make the 25-man roster. Via the Times’ Tyler Kepner:
Reliever Sean Henn, catcher Wil Nieves and first baseman Josh Phelps all made the roster. Veteran catcher Todd Pratt and first baseman Andy Phillips will not make the team. Phillips had a typically classy reaction when Torre told him he had lost out to Phelps.
“It was tough,” Torre said. “He thanked us. In fact, the last thing he said to me was, he wanted to know if Phelps knew, because he wanted to congratulate him.”…Also, don’t be surprised if Phelps plays at first base on opening day against the Tampa Bay left-hander Scott Kazmir. Torre has been very impressed by Phelps and said he is giving “serious consideration” to starting him against lefties while Doug Mientkiewicz starts against right-handers.
Torre also confirmed that Carl Pavano will indeed start opening day on Monday, followed by Andy Pettite on Wednesday, then Mike Mussina, and finally …
Yesterday, courtesy of the Journal News’ John Delcos, we began to see how the Mets’ opening day roster will shape out in the next day or two. Veteran Aaron Sele and rookie Joe Smith are headed to the bullpen, while outfielder Ben Johnson was ticketed for AAA, indicating that if the team decides to keep an extra bat during the season’s early weeks it will almost certainly be Lastings Milledge.
In his first game since returning from a badly bruised right hand (via a HBP last Sunday), Milledge went 1-for-2 yesterday afternoon with an RBI-single. Whether or not the Mets will have a roster spot for him hinges on the decision whether to carry 11 pitchers at the start of the year or 12. The team has three days off in the season’s first 10 days and plan on utilizing a 4-man rotation during that period, therefore it seems an almost certainty that 5th starter Mike Pelfrey will begin the season in the minors or in extended spring training …
Via the Journal News’ John Delcos:
The Mets’ roster became a lot clearer this afternoon as the following moves were made:
-Aaron Sele and reliever Joe Smith were added to the 25-man roster.
-Outfielder Ben Johnson and infielder Anderson Hernanez were optioned to Class AAA New Orleans.
-Infielders Mike Carp and Ruben Gotay and catchers Sandy Alomar, Mike DiFelice and reliever Lino Urdaneta were assigned to the minor league camp.
-Jorge Sosa was outrighted to Class AAA New Orleans, which means he’s off the 40-man roster.
Bill Pennington pens a fascinating article for the New York Times today, discussing the benefits of stem cell research, and how it could change the face of sports medicine, perhaps as soon as three-to-five years from now. Primarily the technology endeavors to induce tissue regeneration, and could revolutionize the way doctors treat injuries such as torn ACLs and rotator cuffs – currently both common and career-threatening injuries. Equally interesting is the potential such medical breakthroughs could have on the landscape of performance-enhancing drugs. Writes Pennington:
“There is a performance-enhancing possibility to all this,” said Dr. Huard, who added that he has met with doping officials who are trying to prepare for the new technology. “It might not be detectable because nothing is unnatural — they are your own cells. I don’t think you could turn a bad athlete into a super athlete but could you provide the edge that turns an Olympic silver medal winner into an Olympic gold medal winner? I think you could.”
Definitely worth a read.
This sounds hilarious. Can’t wait for it to hit YouTube…
Via Richard Sandomir of The New York Times:
[Mets' broadcasters Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling] are the stars of a new SNY ad campaign by Ogilvy & Mather, in which the three, transformed into cartoon characters sitting on a sofa, watch their real selves on television. In one, Hernandez raves about his on-air performance, prompting the other two to slap him on the back of his head, which dislodges his mustache to the floor whence it crawls away.
According to the Star-Ledger’s Ed Price, Andy Phillips has been placed on waivers, signaling that Josh Phelps has predictably won a roster spot as the right-handed compliment to Doug Mientkiewicz at first base. The move has not been confirmed officially, as names of players placed on waivers are kept confidential, however Price reports that he was informed of the move by a major-league official who asked not to be identified.
Via Price:Phelps, a Rule 5 pick from Baltimore in December, has hit .424 this spring, with three homers and 10 RBI in 33 at-bats.
“He’s been very impressive,” manager Joe Torre said yesterday. “He’d be thought of as a guy against a left-hander and he looks very comfortable against left-handers. And he’s done some big things against right-handers this spring.”
Phillips, who missed part of camp after his mother was badly injured in a car accident, has a .190 average, with four singles, five strikeouts and no walks in 21 at-bats. He did not play last night.