Give the ball to Bannister now …Unless there’s gamesmanship to it, and it’s hard to imagine it here, it’s hard to understand why the Mets don’t quit fooling around and bag Victor Zambrano’s start now. Zambrano will test his strained left hamstring tomorrow afternoon at a Shea workout, and after that the Mets could make a decision on whether he’ll start Wednesday against Washington. Then again, maybe they’ll wait until Monday. But, why? The Mets are saying this isn’t something that will land Zambrano on the disabled list. If so, then the prudent thing is to rest Zambrano until next Sunday and give the ball to Brian Bannister. This doesn’t alter Bannister’s throwing schedule, but instead of having him wonder about Wednesday it is better to end the mystery and let him prepare. Doing so also gives Zambrano more time to heal and next Sunday is a day game, which figures to be a little warmer and easier on the hamstring. It seems like a no-brainer, so what are the Mets waiting for?
Wagner ready …Billy Wagner was a little rusty this afternoon against the Cardinals, but reported no discomfort or pain with his left middle finger, which was the good news of the day. Wagner admits he’s rusty, but that comes with not throwing in a game since March 18. A couple of games should get him right.
Around the Horn …Steve Trachsel looked sharp with five scoreless innings against St. Louis. … Manager Willie Randolph is still deliberating on his Opening Day batting order. … Reliever Duaner Sanchez cracked a fingernail on his right middle finger and treated it with acrylic nail polish. … Second baseman Kaz Matsui stayed behind in Port St. Lucie to rehab his strained right knee.
Mets Projected Order …This could change, but here’s a possibility for the Opening Day order:
SS Jose Reyes
C Paul Lo Duca
CF Carlos Beltran
1B Carlos Delgado
3B David Wright
LF Cliff Floyd
RF Xavier Nady
3B Anderson Hernandez
LHP Tom Glavine
Coming up …I’ll profile Tom Glavine Monday in The Journal News and on lohud.com