Set-up reliever Duaner Sanchez says he’s optimistic about being ready by Opening Day, but at the same time doesn’t know when he’ll start throwing off the mound.
It’s true relievers need less innings in spring training than starters, but the games start next week and Sanchez has no real timetable.
“We just need to get him right,’’ pitching coach Rick Peterson said.
That will take time.
In the interim, pencil in Aaron Heilman as the eighth inning guy—another reason why the Mets didn’t want to to trade him—and Jon Adkins and Jorge Sosa having the opportunity to replace Sanchez on the roster.