March 2012

Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/7

A quiet day at camp gave me a chance to catch up with Josh Lewin, WFAN’s new color commentator for Mets radio broadcasts. You can read my profile of Lewin and the rock band he left behind in Texas on Mets.com.

The rest of the day was quiet mostly because Johan Santana did little more than receive a massage on the day following his first big league action in 18 months. Santana will throw again in some form on Thursday, which should be far more telling.

Also, an apology for the lack of pictures lately. Here’s one of Ruben Tejada hanging around the cage; I’ll try to be more diligent regarding pictures in the future.

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/6

Rarely has an exhibition carried so much weight as Tuesday’s game between the Mets and Cardinals, otherwise known as Johan Santana’s return to Major League action following an 18-month hiatus. Santana threw 29 pitches over two scoreless innings and looked sharp, prompting the Mets to consider it a very good day.

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/5

A rare night game at Digital Domain Park offered a potential glimpse of the future, pitting Matt Harvey against Nationals uber-prospect Bryce Harper. Harper won their lone battle of the evening, drawing a walk.

The big news of the day was that a federal judge decided not to dismiss trustee Irving Picard’s case against the Mets, ensuring that the two sides will go to trial on March 19.

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/4

Word out of Mets camp is that Ike Davis’ Valley Fever diagnosis will not restrict him going forward. That said, the Mets will be cautious with their first baseman, preventing him from becoming too fatigued.

Also today, check out Marty Noble’s profile of new third-base coach Tim Teufel.

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/3

Injuries were the story today at Mets camp. David Wright is dealing with a minor one in his left ribcage, preventing him from playing in today’s intrasquad game. Scott Hairston is battling a more serious oblique strain. And then this bombshell from MLB.com’s Marty Noble: the Mets are still treading carefully with Ike Davis, treating him as if he has Valley Fever.

On that last front, the Mets released the following statement late Saturday night:

“Ike Davis underwent a routine physical exam after his arrival in PSL. The exam included an abnormal chest X-ray. Following additional tests here and in NYC, pulmonary and infectious disease specialists have concluded that Ike likely has Valley Fever, which is expected to resolve itself over time. Ike is not contagious, is not taking any medication for his condition and does not currently exhibit any of the outward symptoms associated with Valley Fever. However, Ike has been instructed to avoid extreme fatigue. No additional tests or examinations are pending, but Ike will have a follow up exam when the team returns to NYC in early April.”

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Single-game tickets on sale Monday

From the Mets:

FLUSHING, N.Y., March 4, 2012  – The New York Mets today announced that single game tickets go on sale tomorrow, Monday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m. at Mets.com or by phone at (718) 507-TIXX.

The club also announced the addition of the Mets Concert Series and Fireworks Night to the 2012 promotional schedule at Citi Field. The Friday night post-game Concert Series will feature REO Speedwagon following the 7:10pm contest vs. the Cincinnati Reds on June 15; Cheap Trick after the 7:10pm game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 20; and MercyMe, a Christian rock band, following the 7:10pm competition vs. the Atlanta Braves on August 10.

Fireworks night will follow the evening contest between the Mets and Phillies on July 3.

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/2

Team Orange beat Team Blue, 3-2, in today’s intrasquad game on the strength of Kirk Nieuwenhuis’s two-run home run. But most eyes were watching Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia, two top prospects who each threw in the game.

Here’s Harvey warming alongside Dillon Gee, who started for Team Blue.

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/1

Things are ramping up at Mets camp, with intrasquad games scheduled throughout the weekend and the first Grapefruit League game against the Nationals on Monday evening.

Before Johan Santana threw to live batters Thursday for the first time since October, I caught up with R.A. Dickey and some of the people who have made the past year of his life such a whirlwind. Check out the profile on Mets.com.

As for the pictures, here’s Santana chatting up Terry Collins after his live batting practice session:

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