Quoting a blog by the News Journal, Metsblog passes along word that 23-year-old right-hander Mike Pelfrey has been added to the starting rotation, likely as the fifth starter.
Mets manager Willie Randolph also announced that Tom Glavine, Orlando Hernandez, Oliver Perez and John Maine would be the team's other starters to open the season, but no order has been established.
Pelfrey outlasted several others, including veterans Chan Ho Park and Aaron Sele. Rookie Phil Humber was also in the mix, but was demoted recently. Matthew Cerrone, proprietor of Metsblog, believes Sele will become the team’s new long reliever, while Park will settle into a middle reliever role. In a related announcement, right-hander Joe Smith, a 23-year-old non-roster invitee, has also been officially added to the bullpen.
Beerleaguer: The Mets are experimenting, but have the luxury of some experienced arms to fill the shallow parts of the bullpen. Like Smith, Joe Bisenius, a non-roster invitee of similar age, may be working his way toward a spot in the Phillies bullpen. Neither team is having an especially good spring, but the Mets are in better shape with their 'pen.
Give Ryan Howard a break
I’ve got zero experience covering a baseball beat, but I know a little about the unspoken respect reporters and players extend to one another. That’s why Randy Miller of phillyburbs crossed the line by labeling Ryan Howard’s behavior yesterday as "his first-ever media boycott."
Howard’s meteoric rise is unparalleled and almost unprecedented; breaking minor league marks and winning both Rookie of the Year and National League MVP all over the course of just three seasons. The young slugger has also shown Hall-of-Fame class on issues ranging from steroids to contracts, and is the player most responsible for putting a smile back on the face of a fledgling franchise.
This spring, Howard has been answering the latest headlines on why he’s struggling in games that mean absolutely nothing. Zero. His spring struggles came to a head yesterday when Howard reportedly got testy with a beat writer at his locker, proclaiming it "Ryan Howard Day. No interviews. No media."
In Miller's defense, the incident was reported in several places, but Miller's particularly self-serving attempt to vilify yet another Philadelphia athlete should be dismissed.