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 …