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Frank Catalanotto had a pinch hit home run as the battle for the last bench spot heats up. Read that below:
Smithtown’s Frank Catalanotto cracked a pinch-hit two-run home run in the eighth inning of Sunday’s 10-5 loss to the Cardinals as the battle for the Mets’ last bench spot comes down to spring training’s final week.
Catalanotto is vying with Mike Jacobs and Chris Carter; all are lefthanded hitters. Catalanotto has the edge in versatility, Jacobs in power and Carter in that he is having the best spring and is already on the 40-man roster.
Catalanotto is hitting .192 with one home run and seven RBIs. Jacobs, who hit two absolute bombs that were stopped by the wind on Saturday, is batting .161-2-4. Carter, who went 1-for-2 on Sunday, is at .417-3-8.
“I don’t have a read one way or another what’s going to happen here,” Catalanotto said. “It’s a little bit frustrating. I haven’t been in this position since probably 1997 or ’98. Every year I went to camp I knew I was on the team. So it’s a little bit tough trying to play it out in your head, trying to think about what they might do.”
Catalanotto, 35, debuted in the majors in 1997 with Detroit. He is a .292 hitter in a 13-year big-league career. He lockers next to Jacobs and Carter. Chances are two of those three will not be heading north for Opening Day.
“Jake and I have become real good friends,” Catalanotto said. “We play cards every day. We’re pulling for each other. Today we said, ‘Hey, maybe there’s a way both of us can be on this team.’ ”
Manager Jerry Manuel said the decision could go right down to the end of spring training.
Jose Reyes had another good day doing individual drills. The next step is live batting practice, which could take place as early as Monday . . . Oliver Perez will start against the Marlins at home while Jonathon Niese faced the Nationals in Viera on Monday . . . Ryota Igarashi, pitching for the second straight day, allowed three runs in one inning. His ERA is 7.36. Pitching coach Dan Warthen said Igarashi’s fastball was 4-5 mph slower than in Saturday’s outing.