Reyes Steps Forward as Ollie and Johan Deal a Pair of Sevens
SportsNet New York had a camera and reporter on back field number 7 at Port St. Lucie on Tuesday as Mets shortstop Jose Reyes appeared in his first game in about three weeks after having been diagnosed with a thyroid condition. He played three innings in the field and went 1-for-5 with a deep double vs. Triple-A Memphis (St. Louis). Reyes made an error on his only chance defensively but looked to be running with no inhibitions whatsoever. He may or may not be ready on opening day, but if not, it won’t be long unless he has a setback.
In the same contest, Mets ace Johan Santana, supposedly just getting some work in, yielded seven runs to the eager Cardinals minor league hitters. Oof!
On the main field, Mets starter Oliver Perez yielded four extra base hits in first inning. Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick homered for the third consecutive day and the next batter, Matt Holliday, clubbed a home run to dead center that went halfway up the batters eye screen. (He added his second one later in the game to the same spot off Kiko Calero.) Brendan Ryan hammered one into the wind to left in second inning for two-run shot off Ollie. (He added a double later. Sleeper alert!) Perez lasted just 2 1/3 innings, yielding seven earned runs on six hits.
Needless to say, the Mets have to be concerned about their rotation.
Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter was wild for him, six walks, but allowed just one earned run, two runs total, in five innings. Never a strikeout machine, Carp fanned two and yielded four hits.
In the injury department, it was a rough day. Mets first baseman Daniel Murphy turned an ankle in a rundown on the bases and Reyes' reserve, Alex Cora, was lifted after getting plunked on the hip by a Carpenter offering. Cardinals reserve catcher Jason LaRue left after getting spiked on the hand. Starter Yadier Molina is already out. Third-string catcher Matt Pagnozzi is beyond fantasy irrelevant.
Jason Bay cracked his third homer of the spring in the seventh inning, a shot as impressive as Holliday’s pair.