Apparently we’re going to play some baseball today.
Kevin Devaney here, filling in for John Delcos, as the Mets open up a four-game series with the Nationals at Shea. The forecast was for thunderstorms and heavy wind. I’m here at Shea now and all we’ve got are the gusts.
The tarp is on the field but it probably hasn’t rained in well over an hour. Odds are there will be a game.
If there is, that means the Mets will have to call up a pitcher for Wednesday, since Saturday’s doubleheader threw Mike Pelfrey off his schedule. The spot start will likely go to Adam Bostick, who was pulled after three innings on Saturday night for Triple-A New Orleans. Bostick would be sent down right after.
A game tonight would also delay the return of Matt Wise. The reliever was with the team all weekend but wasn’t activated off the disabled list. Wise would have to wait until after Bostick goes back to the minors to be activated. He has returned to Port St. Lucie, according to Mets.com.
Nelson Figueora starts tonight for the Mets. Going down to the clubhouse now. Will be back later with news and lineups.
Update, 6:05 p.m.: Here’s the Mets lineup for tonight:
Pregame notes: Still no official word on whether Santana will start Thursday against the Nats or Friday at Yankee Stadium. Willie Randolph didn’t understand why this was such a big deal. “I’m not going to get all flip-floppy,” Randolph said. “We’ll see what happens over the next couple of days.” Pelfrey would start whichever day Santana doesn’t. Santana said pitching on an extra day of rest and going on Friday didn’t make a difference. … Luis Castillo had an MRI this morning on his left quad. It’s a strain. He’s not playing tonight and said he “hopes to be back by Wednesday, maybe tomorrow.” Since he also mentioned that the quad had been bothering for a while before he removed himself from yesterday’s game, I’d imagine he won’t be back until the weekend series. … Easley starts at second. He’s 1 for 7 on the homestand.
Update, 6:33 p.m.: Wanted to mention two more things:
First, Endy Chavez is likely not going to be available tonight. He strolled into the clubhouse a little over an hour before the first pitch. He said he was sick with a stomach bug.
Second, Pedro Martinez worked out today. According to Omar Minaya, he’ll likely throw either live batting practice or a simulated game this week.