Here's what happened today at Mets camp:
Jose Reyes played in a minor-league game and looked darn good.
Oliver Perez and Johan Santana pitched and did NOT look good. Only one of them looking NOT GOOD really concerns the Mets. Can you guess which one? Here's that story and some other notes:
Oliver Perez was unconcerned on Tuesday after an outing in which he allowed seven runs and three home runs to the Cardinals in 2 1/3 innings to raise his spring training ERA to 8.66.
Jerry Manuel was quite concerned, though he did joke “the wall is too low” when asked about the home runs.
“Obviously you’d like to see better going into the season,” the Mets manager said after the Cardinals’ 9-4 exhibition-game win. “He’s just a guy we’ve got to watch carefully. I sense that he’s healthy. I don’t think there’s any issues there. So hopefully when the lights come on he shows us a little better stuff.”
Pitching coach Dan Warthen said Perez’s fastball was coming in at between 86-88 miles per hour. Perez needs to be well above 90 to be effective.
“He’s supposed to be able to throw it by them,” Warthen said.
Perez, who allowed home runs to Ryan Ludwick, Matt Holliday and Brendan Ryan, said: “I’m ready to go . . . I feel good. I’m using all of my pitches. I can throw them anytime. That’s very important to me.”
Johan Santana, pitching against the Cardinals’ Triple-A team, allowed 10 hits and seven runs in five innings. The Mets were not worried about their ace, even though he had a 6.75 ERA in major-league exhibition games.
“Johan’s not a concern,” Manuel said.
Alex Cora was hit by a pitch in the first inning and left the game in the third. He has a sore right hip and is day-to-day . . . Daniel Murphy suffered a bruised right knee in a rundown play in the fifth inning and came out of the game, but the team said he was OK . . . Pat Misch was placed on waivers and will be assigned to Triple-A Buffalo if unclaimed . . . Jason Bay hit his third home run of the spring . . . Smithtown’s Frank Catalanotto had a pinch hit single in the fourth.