Carlos Beltran has been working in Port St. Lucie to return from knee surgery. He’s been playing some center field in squad games and plans to return “soon”. Despite Jerry Manuel’s comments about Beltran coming back to DH next weekend in the Bronx, the Mets says that’s not happening.
John Maine made a rehab start for the Binghamton Mets in Trenton yesterday. His fastball topped out at 88 mph and he’s expected to make another start on Friday for Buffalo. It’s going to be very interesting to see if Manuel believes that Maine should walk back into the rotation and supplant Hisanori Takahashi. Personally, I think Maine belongs in the bullpen.
Steve Serby’s Q&A this week is with Jerry Manuel and it’s one of the best I’ve read in a while. He asks some tough questions and gets some good answers from Manuel about what it’s like to be on the hot seat.
Beyond the Box Score did a good piece this week on the Mets franchise WAR leaders. It’s a nice reminder of just how good Edgardo Alfonso was.
Jack Moore at Fangraphs looks at Johan Santana’s claim that he’s the best pitcher in the National League. The numbers say he isn’t to this point in the season.
Enjoy the links and the off-day before the Cleveland series starts tomorrow.