Fernando Martinez seems to have really improved since being in the majors last season. Although he’s coming off an injury at the end of last season, it hasn’t shown during Spring Training.
Martinez just hit a three-run homer in today’s exhibition game against the Red Sox. It’s his third during Spring Training, in addition to two doubles and triples. This kind of offensive production is really opening the eyes of Jerry Manuel, who told The Daily News that he thinks F-Mart is doing better against off-speed pitches.
With Gary Matthews Jr., Jason Bay, Jeff Francoeur and Angel Pagan seemingly on the Opening Day roster, is there enough room for Martinez? Certainly there isn’t when Carlos Beltran comes back. But early signs show he might almost be ready to play a full season in the majors.
—A number of players have been sent down to the minor league camp. Among them are pitchers Josh Fogg, R.A. Dickey, Jack Egbert, Eddie Kunz, catcher Josh Thole as expected and other position players Andy Green, Mike Hessman, Mike Cervenak and Luis Hernandez.
—Relief pitcher Kiko Calero, formerly of the Marlins, has been making the battle for a setup man a real competition with Hisanori Takahashi and Jenrry Mejia.
—The Star-Ledger reported via Twitter today that the Indians have claimed Anderson Hernandez off waivers, possibly making room for Ruben Tejada to make the Opening Day roster. He might be an exciting young talent, but his defense might be a liability as he already has three errors this preseason.
—The Associated Press today reported the Mets and Marlins will play a three-game series in Puerto Rico in June. Florida will be the home team.