Friday, March 07, 2014
The Mets got rained out Thursday in Kissimmee and pitching coach Dan Warthen has pushed three pitchers back for Friday game.
Originally the Mets were supposed to have John Lannan, Rafael Montero, and Steven Matz pitch Thursday against the Astros, but now they will all pitch Friday against the Cardinals along with Daisuke Matsuzaka.
First Baseman Lucas Duda is still is idle as he still is dealing with tightness in his left hamstring.
"It's just tight at the bottom of the hamstring," Duda said. "It's feeling much better daily."
Duda is competing for the first base job along with Ike Davis who is also battling leg injuries himself..
Ike Davis batted during Thursday's intrasquad game without running. Afterward, the first baseman said Friday is too soon for him to return to the Grapefruit League lineup. Davis has been dealing with cranky calves.
Davis was quoted on ESPN:
"The good thing is it doesn't hurt to swing, so I can get at-bats and stuff like that," Davis said. "I've just got to wait a little bit longer for running, so the point in my calves to the touch don't hurt anymore. It's both calves. My left one is better than my right. My right one is a little bit worse. But it's getting better every day. Today it felt better than it did yesterday. So hopefully in the next couple of days I'll be able to start running. I'm trying to get as many at-bats so I don't miss that part of it -- like today. And then obviously as soon as I'm able to play, I'll be playing a bunch."
Davis believes his calf injuries were related to weight room activity..
"I think I did something in the weight room where I was lifting. And I kind of weakened them," Davis said. "And then in the game it just tightened up. That's the thing -- it wasn't painful. It just felt tight. And then the next day they were obviously a lot tighter than I thought they were going to be.
"You know, I'd rather miss a little bit now than completely tear it or pull it so I miss a month or the beginning of the season. This is the time to actually get healthy. I'm still getting my work in. I'm still seeing pitching, like I did today."
Not only did starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throw in a intrasquad game, but Jonathon Niese and closer Bobby Parnell also threw in the game as well.
It marked Parnell's first time in a game since undergoing season-ending surgery Sept. 10 to address a herniated disk in his neck.
"I was happy with it," Parnell said. "It's still way early in the spring. There's plenty of time to get it going."
Niese, meanwhile, was facing batters for the first time since being sent to New York for an MRI of his pitching shoulder on Feb. 26.
Niese had missed two months last season with a rotator cuff tear, but the MRI last month merely revealed weakness in a muscle group near the scapula behind the shoulder.
"It's a great feeling to go out there and not feel any pain in your shoulder," Niese said. "It was a great step forward to go out on the mound and feel very close to 100 percent."
Niese, the expected Opening Day starter for a second straight season, tossed two innings Thursday. He said the weakness and discomfort that surfaced early in camp had disappeared.
Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon pronounced himself fit to make his 2014 Grapefruit League debut on Monday against the Miami Marlins at Tradition Field after throwing a 3 inning intrasquad game.
Colon, slowed early in camp by a calf injury, tossed 54 pitches during Thursday's effort. He sat at 86-89 mph. The lone damage he surrendered came in the third inning, on a homer by David Wright.
Afterward, Colon indicated he was healthy, but dissatisfied with his location.
"I didn't accomplish what I wanted to accomplish, but I felt good," Colon said through an interpreter. "I just wanted to locate today and work on my pitches. The most important thing is I felt fine and that I'm working hard to make sure I'm ready for Opening Day."