PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets will honor Gary Carter this season by wearing a patch on their uniform that features the Hall of Famer's No. 8 with a home plate as the backdrop. Principal owner Fred Wilpon presented Carter's widow, Sandy, with a mock-up of the patch after Friday's memorial service. The Mets will wear it on their jerseys as soon as next week, according to a team official.

The Mets still are discussing how they plan to honor Carter at Citi Field this season.


Tejada takes his time

With Ruben Tejada expected to touch down in Miami late Saturday afternoon, manager Terry Collins is determined to clear the air regarding his young shortstop's somewhat delayed arrival date as early as possible.

"I'm not going to yell and scream at Ruben Tejada," Collins said. "All I want to find is an explanation, to get him to understand that there's priorities. I already sent word out that he's not talking to anybody until he talks to me because we're going to end this thing. It's going to be over at 8 o'clock in the morning. It's going to be done.

"We're going to move on because we're going to be ready to play. We don't need anything distracting us except focusing on the game. It would have been nice to have him here. That's all I have to tell him."

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As for Tejada's arrival -- he's not technically late -- Collins brought up "two or three [visa] appointments at the embassy" that were canceled. He added, "But Jose's been gone since December, that's been my thing."


Extra bases

With Johan Santana's first start pushed back to March 6, Dillon Gee will take the mound for the Grapefruit League opener March 5 . . . General manager Sandy Alderson sounded lukewarm after a scout watched Scott Kazmir on Friday. He characterized the Mets' interest as "fair," but a reunion is unlikely.