Camp Report: Pedro, pitchers ready to go

Wednesday marks the official date for pitchers and catchers to report to Mets camp, although one hurler – Pedro Martinez – has already been noticeably at work for more than a week. <P> Port St. Lucie will be a little different this year with marquee talents like Martinez and Carlos Beltran entering the mix, and to that end, the Mets have made a few changes.

Fans have reported tighter security around the complex, with shutterbugs looking to snap a few shots of early reportees like Martinez finding themselves shut out.

Within the clubhouse walls at Tradition Field, Martinez was the center of attention on Tuesday, stashing a Boston Red Sox equipment bag atop his locker and went to work.

According to media reports, Pedro spent nearly three hours mingling around the weight room and threw on the field with reliever and locker neighbor Heath Bell, before playing to the notebooks and tape recorders in the room.

There, he told reporters that "it's not easy being an icon" while insisting – Red Sox bag or not – that he is settled and ready to attack his first spring training as a Met.

So, too, are his teammates. The Mets' pitching picture should be the story for the next week or so, as hurlers filter into Port St. Lucie on Wednesday and undergo end-of-winter physical examinations on Thursday.

On Friday, all players already in camp will have their first group workout.


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