WHEELER: Notes From Jupiter: Mets Today, Lynn, Shelby and Furcal
It figures to be another relatively quiet day here in Jupiter with the team heading to Port St. Lucie to face the Mets at 12:10 today. Unlike yesterday, most of the regular big league players will be making the trip and playing in the game.
Here are some other bits of info for today:
* Lance Lynn makes his spring debut today. The fact that he’s in much better shape than in previous years has been well documented and now the attention turns to what he does out on the mound. He’s viewed as one of the teams four established starters so there isn’t much pressure. When I talked to him the other day he noted that this spring he knows his role for the first time entering big league camp.
* Another thing Lynn told me was that he wasn’t surprised at all about how well he pitched last season. He went on to explain that one thing ballplayers like to do is prove people wrong and I can see where Lynn is coming from. From the time he was drafted, Lynn was viewed as more of a low-ceiling/high-floor college pitcher than a top prospect. But he never saw it that way and, at least for 2012, he was right.
* Lynn followed up that point by saying something I’ve said for years: “Every player in the world thinks they’re better than they are. That’s just the truth of it. And the good ones think they’re great, the great ones think they’re the best ever. That’s what makes us who we are and that’s why we come out here and compete every day. Because we want to be the best.” I totally agree with him and, when you think about it, it’s probably true for the rest of us as well.
* Shelby Miller already threw a bullpen session this morning so he continues to be on track after missing a couple of days last week with tightness in his shoulder. Shelby is set to make his first appearance of this spring on Saturday here at Roger Dean Stadium against the Washington Nationals. He will follow Adam Wainwright in the game.
* As Rick Hummel reported yesterday, it looks like Rafael Furcal is getting closer to taking the field in a game. He swung the bat from both sides of the plate yesterday, which is good because he had only been hitting right handed for a time because of the pain in his right elbow. His throwing is the bigger key but if all goes well, according to what Furcal told The Commish, he might be able to play shortstop in a game this weekend.
* No matter how things go for Furcal this week, we already know he’s not going to be counted on to play every single day. The goal will be to manage his health over the course of the season so that he’s healthy late in the season and, if things go well, in the playoffs. You will see plenty of Ronny Cedeno at short.
I’ll have reports on today’s game throughout Total Information PM this afternoon and we have a really nice Hot Stove League Show planned for tonight. Mike Claiborne and I will be hosting from Roger Dean Stadium from 7-9 PM and I think we’ve got a nice guest list…
Tune in tonight!