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TC says Beltran will play in Grapefruit tomorrow, break camp with #Metsless than a minute ago via EchofonAdam RubinAdamRubinESPN
3/28/2011-12:20pm at 12:20 pm (UTC -4)
interesting. I was guessing he would have just played MiL games.
this is probably a good sign, in a way. Good that they think he is feeling fine, no issues, ready to go. And that they feel it is more important to get a few games in vs. “real” competition before the season starts.
If so, no reason not to. Because if he can’t handle it and breaks down again, he most likely needs way more than 5 extra days on the DL.
And somewhere in Fla., Nick Evans is wondering what color his next uniform will be.
3/28/2011-12:29pm at 12:29 pm (UTC -4)
The Mets have taken it as safe as they could with working to get Beltran back without pushing him too hard.
I have to question why the importance to have him come North with the team at all at this point rather than just have him play in an extended Spring Training?
Is it more if a mental thing to have him be there Opening Day?
I can’t recall the last time I saw a player break North with a team having played less than 4 Grapefruit league games and not 1 9 inning game.
Still as a fan I admit that it will be nice to see him in the Opening Day lineup.
3/28/2011-12:31pm at 12:31 pm (UTC -4)
They must think Beltran is ready to go.
‘Murphy has not been told anything about making the team yet.’
Any chance Murph gets sent down and Evans gets the last spot on the bench?
3/28/2011-12:39pm at 12:39 pm (UTC -4)
If Murphy is sent down to AAA what does that say of what they think of him as a super utility infielder then?
3/28/2011-1:23pm at 1:23 pm (UTC -4)
I think it says more about wanting to keep as many players as possible. I am guessing it would keep them from POTENTIALLY losing Evans.
3/28/2011-1:30pm at 1:30 pm (UTC -4)
Agreed that was the point. Murphy if sent down to keep Evans could suggest it is more important to keep as many players as possible than having Murphy as a utility guy on the bench.
3/28/2011-1:37pm at 1:37 pm (UTC -4)
True, but they could be just trying to wait until a week in and slip Evans through after teams start playing.
3/28/2011-1:40pm at 1:40 pm (UTC -4)
Agreed, that is why i said “could suggest” cause as you just noted their could just as well be other reasons.
3/28/2011-1:27pm at 1:27 pm (UTC -4)
the same thing that sending down Parnell to keep Boyer would say.
The guys with options went down, so that the team could keep the most talent in the organization to start the season.
and in both cases, they could be keeping guys that may not last 2 weeks on the 25 man (Izzy and Beltran), so it makes a hell of a lot of sense keeping the most logical back up at AAA just in case.
Though evans is imminently more replaceable than a RP.
3/28/2011-1:32pm at 1:32 pm (UTC -4)
3/28/2011-1:56pm at 1:56 pm (UTC -4)
3/28/2011-2:04pm at 2:04 pm (UTC -4)
Murphy has more value to the Mets than Evans and the decision shouldn’t be about anything other than that. It’s not like Evans has a future here anyway.
3/28/2011-2:07pm at 2:07 pm (UTC -4)
I do agree with that. Basically Evan’s celling is most likely Scott Hairston.
3/28/2011-2:16pm at 2:16 pm (UTC -4)
Offensively, I would agree with that. As an outfielder, it is unlikely Evans will be as good. But I guess one could value Evans’ ability to play 1B and to stand at 3B…
3/28/2011-2:32pm at 2:32 pm (UTC -4)
Yeah, that is why I said evans is more replaceable. I think it is potentially much more of an issue with the bullpen.
3/28/2011-1:42pm at 1:42 pm (UTC -4)
You can’t make this stuff up:
3/28/2011-1:57pm at 1:57 pm (UTC -4)
3/28/2011-2:02pm at 2:02 pm (UTC -4)
it’s time Jose is put to sleep. Or just removed from the public eye. Then again, if you’re crazy enough to get involved with him I guess you get what you deserve.
Even more bizarre, though, is why anyone would be interested in seeing him in a boxing ring… well, unless it was against some of the MLB players he threw under the bus.
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