Mets Spring Training: Week 1 in review
The first calendar week of camp is complete, with Mets pitchers, catchers and position players all on the premises. Here’s a recap of what went down in Week 1:
- Matt Harvey arrived a week ago and talked about coming to grips with most likely missing this entire season due to Tommy John surgery:
“It’s hard seeing all the guys, seeing them put their uniforms on and realizing that Spring Training is going to go a little differently this year,” Harvey said during his first day in camp. “Today has definitely been a little bit of a struggle.”
- Mets doctors later cleared Harvey to throw a baseball for the first time since surgery, which he did Saturday.
- In addition to Harvey, we profiled Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jeff Walters, and Matt den Dekker on Mets.com.
- The first week of camp began with an exclusive Mets.com Q&A with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, who discussed everything from the team’s finances to his playoff hopes for the Mets. Said Wilpon:
“There’s always a conversation on [the payroll]. It’s not something that [general manager] Sandy [Alderson] can just go out and do whatever he wants, but yes we’ve had multiple conversations, and we’ve had the ability to go after some guys that I don’t think anybody knew we were going after. They didn’t all hit, but we did try, and those all would have expanded the payroll above where we are now.”
- Speaking of payroll, team sources continued to downplay the likelihood of the Mets signing free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, with one insider saying bluntly: “We don’t think he’s worth it compared with what we have.”
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