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Pitchers and catchers officially report today

And when I say "report," i use the term loosely, considering that this group does not have to actually show up at the Mets' complex here. Just let the team know that they are in town and will show up for physicals tomorrow, with the first official workout scheduled for Thursday.

As we know by now, Oliver Perez already has been in PSL for two days, and he even threw a bullpen session yesterday, one that very much impressed pitching coach Dan Warthen. Not hard to do, considering the bar has been set so low for Perez during the past two years. But it was a fairly big news that GM Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins met with Perez yesterday and agreed to let him compete for a starting job.

Perez in the rotation? I'd say that's a longshot, but given the Mets uncertainty in the bullpen, he might squeeze in there. Given his success against lefthanders, a specialist job would seem to be a fit, but Perez's wildness is a concern. At the least Mets have six weeks to figure it out.

As for the rotation, Chris Young showed up yesterday, and the 6-10 righthander talked about extending his stride another few inches -- which he thinks could be a big factor in keeping hitters off balance. The Mets are pencilling in Young as the No. 4 starter, with Warthen saying yesterday that Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese are secure at the front end of the rotation.

 

 

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