Mets Notebook for March 14 -- Mets top Nationals in six innings, Xavier Nady belts long home run, Juan Padilla's season is over and more...
Last game: Mets 10, Nationals 4 (six innings). The game was shortened when
several of the lights went out around Tradition Field, but before the power failure, Xavier Nady went 3-for-3 with a long home run over the batter's eye in center field. Tom Glavine allowed four runs in four innings, including back-to-back home runs.
Padilla out for season: The season is over for right-handed reliever Juan Padilla, who will undergo Tommy John surgery on his ailing pitching elbow. Padilla visited
two physicians during his diagnosis period but only had his need for the surgery confirmed.
The 29-year-old Padilla was 3-1 with a 1.49 ERA in 24 games for New York last season. The
Mets are now short not only a reliever who matched up nicely against left-handed hitters last
season, but also their best clubhouse magician as well.
Ben Shpigel of The New York Times details the Mets' dilemma of carrying a sub-par left-handed reliever like Royce Ring, Mike Venafro, Darren Oliver or Matt Perisho. Shpigel compares the idea to adding another Italian restaurant to Manhattan - perhaps nice, but not necessary.
Back at it: Rick Peterson is at it
again capturing data from a new slew of Mets pitchers, the New York Daily News details.
Peterson has been one of the industry leaders in biomechanics and data analysis since linking
with the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) in 1989. In past years, Peterson has
brought the hurlers to the ASMI lab in Birmingham, Ala., bringing them down to their shorts
and planting tiny electromagnetic sensors on them while the pitchers simulate their pitching
Knicks and knacks: Chris Woodward was kept home Monday due to a stomach virus,
and Anderson Hernandez was sent home to the Dominican Republic due to the death of his
grandmother. As a result, the Mets brought Corey Ragsdale over from minor league camp and
started him at shortstop against the Nationals.
Coming up: Brian Bannister makes his first start of the spring Tuesday in a 1:05 p.m. ET exhibition against the Baltimore Orioles.