PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Chalk up Thursday's rough start for Mike Pelfrey as little more than live batting practice for the Marlins in the Mets' 5-4 loss at Digital Domain Park.
With no sinker command, he was ineffective, allowing six hits and four runs in 2 2/3 innings. After a winter of concentrating on his two-seam fastball, to see it betray him was disappointing. "I don't think I did a whole lot right," he said. "My sinker was moving, but it was almost going sideways instead of down."
In an effort to work on that pitch, Pelfrey did not throw his four-seam fastball, which is easier to control and would have helped him considerably had this been the regular season. But Pelfrey stuck with his cutter and changeup, which were OK, and took his lumps with the sinker.
"You're talking about his first game of spring training, so you cut him a little slack," manager Terry Collins said.
Said Pelfrey: "I'm not that concerned, but I thought I'd be better."
Koufax on the case
Sandy Koufax, a former Lafayette High teammate of Fred Wilpon, made his annual visit to Mets camp, where he watched Zack Wheeler pitch during an intrasquad game and tutored Bobby Parnell and Matt Harvey.
"He was telling me about keeping my weight back," Parnell said. "You can't ask for a better teacher than that."
Said Collins: "When he's around, you've got to make use of him. Make use of the resources you can find, and he might be one of the best there is -- if not the best there is."
Andres Torres was scratched because of a tight right gluteus muscle . . . Pedro Beato was diagnosed with rotator-cuff inflammation, but the Mets plan to have him begin a light throwing program Friday . . . David Wright (stiff rib cage) may begin more rotational exercises this weekend, and the plan is for him to return next week.