Archive for March 21st, 2007


Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Mets Not The Only Gimps In Town

Yankees Rumors & News

Before we go overboard on the age at the top of the Mets’ rotation, Yankees camp provides us today with a friendly reminder that the Amazin’s aren’t the only team in town with durability concerns.

Via the New York Post:

Andy Pettitte came back to the Yankees with a history of elbow issues. But he’ll likely miss his next start Friday with a new physical concern: back spasms.

With Opening Day less than two weeks away, the Yankees’ rotation suddenly is under more scrutiny, with Pettitte likely held back from his scheduled turn against Pittsburgh. Joe Torre downplayed the seriousness of Pettitte’s back problems, saying he didn’t think the lefty needed to undergo medical tests.

But as anyone with a balky back can tell you, it’s not often an issue that goes away forever.

Baby Steps For Iggy

Yankees Rumors & News

Via Pat Borzi in the New York Times:

Igawa’s pitching over five scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory over the Phillies was not artistic. He struggled at times with his control, walking three. But to Manager Joe Torre, Igawa took a significant step in securing his place in the rotation ahead of Jeff Karstens.

“This was his best one so far,” Torre said. “I thought his location was much more consistent.”

Pelfrey Looks Ready For Bigs

Mets Rumors & News

(AP Photo/Rick Silva)Mets’ Pelfrey growing up quickly

NorthJersey.com

Pelfrey continues to show he’s earned No. 5 spot in rotation

Newsday

PLEADING THE FIFTH

New York Post

Pelfrey refuses to worry about where he’ll start

Newark Star Ledger

Big Night for Pelfrey

New York Times

Mets Have Surplus

Mets Rumors & News

Via SI.com’s Jon Heyman:

Shawn Green hasn’t looked as good as Lastings Milledge this spring, but Mets people say Green will be the right fielder. The Mets’ two other top outfield prospects, Carlos Gomez and Fernando Martinez, have looked so good this spring that teams could see the Mets using Milledge to get the pitcher they’ll surely still need come July.

Coincidentally, in the New York Post today Mark Hale takes a look at the “sweet and sour” from Mets spring training thus far, and highlights young Fernando:

SWEET – Fernando Martinez. Eight days ago, bench coach Jerry Manuel said to VP of player development Tony Bernazard regarding Martinez’s signing, “The number you gave him, you got him cheap!” It was a compliment to the Mets’ 18-year-old outfielder and future star, who drew praise from Manuel for his performance the day earlier.

Martinez, who has already been cut from major league camp and is going to likely be at Double-A for the Mets this year, had gone 3-for-3 with a walk the day …

Healthy and Hitting

Mets Rumors & News

Catching up with another old friend, via SI.com’s Jon Heyman:

New Cubs outfielder Cliff Floyd looks great, and he said he’s feeling great, too, after offseason Achilles surgery. He said he’ll miss New York but that he’s been looking forward to playing for his hometown team forever. For $3 million a year, he may turn out to be a bargain.

Remember Me?

Mets Rumors & News

Via the Journal News:

One-time Mets bust Victor Zambrano pitched four scoreless innings for Toronto. He has allowed one earned run in 9 2/3 innings this spring.

If you recall, HSNY told you in January that the Mets briefly entertained the notion of bringing Zambrano back to compete in spring training with the likes of Chan Ho Park and Aaron Sele:

Despite the addition [of Sele], Newsday reports that the Mets are still shopping for low-cost, low-risk starting pitching, and are one of a handful of teams interested in righty Victor Zambrano. Yes, that Victor Zambrano.

Zambrano missed the majority of 2006 after tearing a ligament in his elbow, and at the end of the season the Mets declined to offer the pitcher arbitration at $2.4 million. The Mets watched a bullpen session by Zambrano in Venezuela recently, and if the team remains interested, would likely look to sign him to a minor-league deal similar to the one given to Sele.

The Mets had long contended that Zambrano was damaged-goods …

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