Pitching coach Rick Peterson said whoever starts Game 1 will be told tomorrow, and that there wouldn’t be any late-night phone calls. He said he doesn’t expect that to change. Peterson would not elaborate on the extent of Orlando Hernandez’s right calf injury other than to say there’s an injury to the right calf.
I do hope you note the sarcasm.
Here’s how the rotation looks heading into the playoffs and handicapping the potential starters:
- Orlando Hernandez was supposed to start, but felt something in his right calf. An MRI confirmed an injury and said they’ll know more in the morning. They insist Hernandez has not been ruled out.
- Tom Glavine, the projected Game 2 starter, last pitched Saturday in Washington. If he were to start it would be on short rest.
- Steve Trachsel arrived from San Diego this afternoon after attending to family business. His start Sunday was scratched. Trachsel just finished a 60-pitch bullpen session about 15 minutes ago, which means he’s not going to start tomorrow.
- John Maine last pitched Friday at Washington, and of all the Mets’ potential starters is the only one who could start on normal rest.
I’m still thinking the path of least resistance is Maine, and go back to this point: If they are afraid to start him in Game 1, then why is he here?
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