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Delgado's Elbow

Mike SteffanosMonday, March 6, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

With Pedro Martinez questionable on opening day, and now Carlos Delgado's elbow tendonitis flaring up, the doom and gloom crowd on talk radio will have another opportunity to paint a bleak picture for Mets fans. I think I'm going to give it a week or two before I drink the Kool-Aid.

On a happier note, Mike Pelfrey looked good again yesterday. There is a growing feeling that he has the goods and the poise to help this team at some point this season.

Newsday: Delgado's Elbow Acting Up
David Lennon reports that tendonitis in his left elbow might keep Carlos Delgado out of the WBC. This is a flare-up of a condition that caused Delgado to miss time last year. Lennon quotes Delgado on the elbow:

I don't remember the last time I was 100 percent. You have your pains and aches, and you just go out and play through it. But this time of the year, you kind of want to be smart about it and take your time, if you can, because I want to be ready April 3.

Lennon allows himself to indulge in some talk radio type hype:

Delgado's revelation yesterday was like a double whammy for the Mets. If Martinez is delayed to start the season and Delgado also is hurting, the Mets will be stuck with a depleted pitching staff and a weakened lineup that can't make up the difference.

Easy there, David. Delgado has had this elbow for a while and has done all right with it. When you have a team of 30-somethings, your going to have some problems. You can pretty much count on guys like Delgado and Floyd to miss a few games, and it's up to the other guys to pick them up. It's not hard to understand why Mets fans are so pessimistic all the time with stuff like this in the press. Gloom and doom...

Newark Star-Ledger: Pelfrey Looking Good
Don Burke reports that Mike Pelfrey looked good against the Puerto Rican team yesterday. Burke quotes Rick Peterson on the young Mets hurler:

He's got the ingredients that a gourmet cook would use in making a recipep. Now he just has to make his own recipe and that comes through experience.

But what was most exciting to see was the way he handled himself. He was making his debut in front of a full house on national TV and he looked like he fit in. He was himself. That's really one of the biggest keys of all.

I know, I know... but it actually makes sense if you think about it.

Burke quotes Willie Randolph on the possibility that Pelfrey might be helping the Mets win games sooner rather than later:

Before the year's out, hopefully, he'll be able to help us. I'm not counting on that at all. But it would be nice if that were to happen. We like his stuff. We like the fact that he's very competitive, very poised. In a perfect world ... he's going to be here. If he stays healthy, he's going to be here eventually.

Burke also reports that Juan Padilla will be dropping off the roster of the Puerto Rican team, pointing to a tender right shoulder and a need to stay where he pays the bills. I was wondering about Padilla, who is not a lock for the Mets 25-man roster at all, spending all of that time outside of Mets camp.

Daily News: Pedro still might pitch opening day
Adam Rubin cites Omar Minaya that the Mets still feel Pedro will start opening day, and lays out the scenario that would allow it.

NY Times: Mets support WBC
Ben Shpigel reports on why the Mets support the WBC.

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