Tag:Dan Warthen
Posted on: March 13, 2011 9:05 am
Edited on: March 13, 2011 10:47 am
 

Mets insist Santana's on track to pitch

UPDATE: Danny Knobler has more from Port St. Lucie on his blog.

By C. Trent Rosecrans 

Johan SantanaMets pitching coach Dan Warthen denies a Bergen Record report that Johan Santana is expected to be shut down for the rest of the season today.

"Everything's fine," Warthen told CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler.

The Record  cites a team source as saying the Mets could shut Santana down today if he doesn't feel comfortable after playing catch. However, Santana is not scheduled to throw at all today. He threw -- two sets of 25 throws at 60 feet -- Thursday and Friday, and had yesterday and today off. He is scheduled to throw again the next two days.

"It's a long process," Santana told Knobler, who noted the left-hander was in good spirits on Sunday morning. "It's going to take time. I'm aware of that." 

The Mets hope Santana could return perhaps around the All-Star break following his September surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. The Record report says the Mets believe they'll be "lucky" to have Santana return this season.

However, Warthen claims he still expects Santana to pitch this season.

"Absolutely," Warthen said. "The doctors, myself and rehab people, everybody feels he's going to pitch this year."

While the specifics of the report may be slightly off, the main point -- that the Mets can't count on Santana this season -- is still right on.

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Posted on: February 14, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Mets' Perez wants to start

Oliver Perez Oliver Perez wants to start, and I want a jetpack.

Anyway, Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday that the left-hander wants a shot at New York's rotation and he'll get a chance, even though it sounds like he'll more likely end up in the bullpen as a left-handed specialist, even though the team has a pair of openings in its rotation.

From the New York Times :
“I said, here’s my feelings,” Collins said of the meeting. ” ’Maybe you need a fresh start. Maybe you need a different role.’ He said, ’Well, if that’s what you want me to do.’ I said: ’No, you have to want to do it. You have to buy into it. If you don’t, it’s not going to work. And so if you feel you want a shot, that you can make this club as a starter, then by God, you’re going to be given that opportunity. And then as we get into spring training we’ll see what the results will be.’ ”
Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said Perez looked better in Monday's bullpen session than he did at any time last season, which is hardly high praise. Perez was 0-5 with a 6.80 ERA in 17 games, seven starts, last season. He pitched 46 1/3 innings and had a WHIP of 2.072, walking nearly a batter an inning (42 walks).

However, left-handers did hit just .214 against him in 2010 -- even though he still struggled with control, which gave opposing batters a .411 on-base percentage against him last season. For his career, lefties hit .226/.317/.374.
“Left-handed guys do not hit him,” Collins said. “He walks some, but they don’t hit him. So we’re in a situation where if you get into this spring training and you see a change may be coming, we’re going to talk to you, keep you on a daily basis, let you know what we’re thinking. He was fine.”
No matter what happens, Perez will make $12 million, so he's got that going for him.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 12, 2010 8:27 pm
 

Mets finalize coaching staff

The Mets have finalized their major-league coaching staff under new skipper Terry Collins.

SI.com's Jon Heyman reports that Mookie Wilson of the 1986 World Series fame will land as first-base coach opposite incumbent third-base coach Chip Hale. Wilson has minor-league managing experience but has served as baserunning coach in recent seasons.

Rounding out the staff that will appear on the field along with Hale and Wilson is bullpen coach Jon Debus who seems to be a Collins-related hire. Debus played in the Dodgers' minor league system from the 1970s-80s before coaching and managing in the farm system before serving as bullpen catcher in 2005. He then moved to Japan where he was on the coaching staff of the Orix Buffaloes.

In the dugout, Collins will be backed up by bench coach Ken Oberkfell, who skippered Triple-A in New York over the past few seasons. Alongside him will be hitting coach Dave Hudgens, who appeared in the majors briefly for the Athletics in 1983. He has served a variety of jobs, including as the Indians' minor-league field coordinator the last five seasons along with a previous gig in Oakland as a minor-league manager.

Dan Warthen will remain pitching coach and has been in that capacity since mid-2008.

-- Evan Brunell

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