Had the night off after traveling in from Houston. Josh Thomson filled in for me tonight and dropped me this for the blog. Many thanks to Josh, and be sure to read his coverage of tonight’s game in The Journal News and on lohud.com.
Here’s what Josh filed:
* David Wright shared some breaking news with reporters before Monday night’s game. He recently blew the largest bubble on the team, stretching his gum to 14 inches across. He said Tom Glavine, who won the contest in spring training, finished second at nine inches and that Paul LoDuca’s bubble was a hapless also-ran. “I’m glad to see all my hard work paid off,” said Wright, who stores boxes of Big League Chew in his locker.
* Pedro Martinez rejoined the team after spending last week in Port St. Lucie. He threw from flat ground in the outfield before the game but didn’t speak to reporters. Both Willie Randolph and Omar Minaya said they’d like to see Pedro make three starts before the regular season ends.
* Carlos Beltran had an MRI today on his injured knee. Preliminary results revealed no structural damage. Beltran is currently day-to-day, but may be available by tomorrow.
* Oliver Perez, who is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in two starts with the Mets, will start Wednesday. Tom Glavine, who would be on full rest Wednesday, won’t pitch until Thursday. Randolph said he just wanted to keep all the pitchers on rotation.
* Cliff Floyd was originally in the lineup but was scratched before the game. The team said his Achilles tendon was sore.