Results tagged ‘ Marlins ’

Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/24

The countdown to Opening Day is down to six.

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What we learned: A lot, actually. Jon Niese felt no pain after his first bullpen session since undergoing an MRI on his left shoulder. Kyle Farnsworth will re-sign with the Mets. Matt Harvey will headquarter his rehab in New York, not Florida. Dillon Gee will pitch Opening Day. And the Mets have hired an assistant hitting coach.

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“It’s a big honor obviously for them to trust me with that day and give that to me. I’m very thankful for that opportunity.” –Gee on his Opening Day start

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/23

There is officially one week to go until Opening Day.

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What we learned: Though Jenrry Mejia has outpitched Daisuke Matsuzaka this spring, Mejia’s low innings total last year may preclude him from joining the Opening Day rotation.

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“Tim Teufel was probably not happy.” –Daniel Murphy on his between-the-legs throw to first, referring to the Mets’ third-base coach and infield instructor.

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/22

What we learned: Daniel Murphy is still not quite healthy, but the Mets expect him to be ready for Opening Day.

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“Honestly, I was a little scared. I haven’t done that in a while. Thankfully nothing happened.” –Bartolo Colon, a long-time American Leaguer, on running the bases

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/17

What we learned: Jon Niese is still OK. Presumably. His MRI came up clean, though he could still miss some time.

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“It was really good news. It was good to hear.”–Manager Terry Collins on Niese’s clean MRI

Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/14

…well, from Port St. Lucie and Las Vegas.

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What we learned: Ike Davis and Lucas Duda are inching closer to game action.

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/5

The Mets split up on Wednesday but lost both games, anyway. Here’s a picture of palm trees to distract you:

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What we learned: David Wright will play in a Minor League game Thursday, in advance of what will likely be his Grapefruit League debut on Friday. … Terry Collins is strongly considering batting his pitchers eighth this season, according to the New York Post, in an effort to generate more RBI opportunities for Wright.

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“I dedicate the rest of my career to him. Everything I do, I do it for all my family. But I do it for him, mostly. I hope he’s watching from somewhere.” –Mets roster hopeful Anthony Seratelli on his late father, Russell

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/1

And just like that, the Mets are 0-2 in Grapefruit League play.

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“Too early to call him on it.” –Bobby Parnell, on breaking Daniel Murphy’s bat during live batting practice

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Valdespin hooks on in NL East: a match made in heaven?

The Marlins on Friday signed fun-times infielder/outfielder Jordany Valdespin to a minor league deal (sans invitation to big league spring training). Seems like self-written destiny, doesn’t it? It was barely more than a year ago that Valdespin created a mini maelstrom by tweeting a (since-deleted) photo of himself in a Marlins cap.

He was, at the time, an employee of the Mets.

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It was not an isolated incident in terms of Valdespin’s comportment. Remember this? Or this? Or this? (So much for this, I suppose.)

Ah, memories.

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The scene: Harvey vs. Fernandez

The future is vibrant tonight at Marlins Ballpark, where Matt Harvey and the Mets are taking on rookie Jose Fernandez and the Marlins.

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Mets to witness Greenberg’s dream

The Mets will play a role in an inspirational story next week when New Haven, Conn. native Adam Greenberg, a former professional baseball player whose career ended after he was hit in the head by a pitch in his only Major League plate appearance, joins the Marlins on a one-day contract.

Greenberg will make a second career plate appearance Tuesday for the Marlins, potentially with R.A. Dickey on the mound for the Mets in Miami. And the Mets will be supporting him in their own way.

“Certainly, it’s a sad story, but I’m anxious to have a chance to wish him luck and tell him we all support his charge back to try to become a Major League player again,” manager Terry Collins said. “It’s a sad case, but he obviously had some great skills because there’s a lot of guys who didn’t get one at-bat for lots of reasons. They might have gotten hit in the head in the Minor Leagues. Again, it’s a sad case but I know our guys will be on the top step clapping for him when he gets in the batter’s box.”

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