FORT MYERS, Fla. - Given the Mets' whirlwind of injuries from a year ago, it only makes sense that they have trained themselves to be super sensitive at the slightest sign of pain.
So when Mike Pelfrey shook his pitching hand a few times after throwing a slider in the fourth inning Wednesday, he suddenly had company on the mound. Out came manager Jerry Manuel, pitching coach Dan Warthen and trainer Ray Ramirez.
"What are you doing here?" Pelfrey said he asked them. "Get out of here."
Pelfrey said he simply had a blister on his middle finger, which happens often and does not typically affect his pitching. Pelfrey finished the inning without trouble, good news considering the trials of 2009.
Pelfrey allowed one run and four hits in four innings in his third appearance of the spring. He also thinks that too many people are overlooking the Mets. "We're going to lay in the weeds a little bit and snipe some guys," Pelfrey said, "and guys are going to have to start respecting us, and we'll make a run at this thing."
Mejia impresses again
Jenrry Mejia's bid to make the Opening Day roster continued to gain steam with a six-pitch scoreless inning. The hard-throwing 20-year-old has allowed only one earned run in 81/3 innings. He has not issued any walks.
Puerto Rico bound
The Mets expect to hear today their series against the Marlins scheduled for June 28-30 in Miami will be moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico . . . Infielder Anderson Hernandez was claimed off waivers by the Indians.