Spring training is about getting answers and the Mets could learn a lot today from a health standpoint on two fronts.
The first is when Pedro Martinez could get in a game, and after throwing to hitters for the first time this morning, they at least now have an idea.
He’ll throw again to hitters on Sunday, then, if he keeps in practice of taking three full days between throw sessions, he could pitch in a game next Thursday.
Of course, all this depends on how he feels tomorrow. If he throws a lot on Sunday, then figure on Friday. Next Saturday the Mets will be in Kissimmee, and since pitching stars don’t make two-hour bus trips in spring training, he won’t throw then.
As the coaches like to say, the clock is ticking.
The next issue is Cliff Floyd.
He’ll get his test results back today, and while the expectations are he’ll play, you have to wonder about his future.
After all, his father had a kidney transplant two years after being diagnosed, and since family history is significant in these things, Floyd could face the same in two years.
Don’t think that won’t be a factor to teams considering signing him as a free agent.
If you have any questions about these guys, or anything to do with the Mets or baseball, don’t hesitate to write. – John