I’m off today on the heels of the road trip, but I returned home and threw on Mike Francesa. YES showed video of both Billy Wagner and John Maine at Shea. Wagner was in the bullpen and Maine was running laps around the warning track.
Jerry Manuel is about to come on WFAN with Francesa. For those of you at work, I’ll listen in and pass along any tidbits Manuel has to offer. I’ll also have a complete pregame report, thanks to colleague Brian Heyman.
UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: Manuel didn’t have too much to say that we didn’t already know, but here’s a quick peek…
â€” It sounds like Pedro Martinez will pitch tomorrow.
â€” It also sounds like Wagner will return next week, as I said in yesterday’s notebook. “We feel very good about his chances of coming back. I don’t think it will happen this weekend, but shortly after that he should be ready to go,” Manuel told Francesa.
â€” Manuel wasn’t optimistic about Maine. He also said they were no longer considering using Maine out of the ‘pen.
â€” Manuel believes Dan Murphy can play second base. Or, at the very least, he believes the organization owes it to Murphy to believe in him. “I think Murphy’s a good baseball player. it would be not fair if we didn’t think he could do that,” Manuel said. “If you are a baseball player, and that’s what you do, you should be able to play any where on that field, except for maybe behind the plate.”
â€” As for tonight, Manuel said Luis Ayala will pitch the ninth if there’s an opportunity.