Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mets Morning News: Wright's Throws, Wheeler, & Santana Update

David Wright has begun working on his throws to first base. Since returning from the disabled list he has made three errors.
"His timing was just a little bit off," [Chip] Hale said. "The game was moving a little quick for him.

"His game speed on defense hadn't come to where it was on offense.... His timing on the throws was bad. Balls weren't even making it."
Dear Mets, David Wright's inability to throw to first base has been well documented for years. This is nothing new, and it is something that should have been addressed years ago.

During a conference call with reporters Friday, Paul DePodesta talked about watching Zack Wheeler pitch in high school.
"I saw him in high school. At the time I was with San Diego. We had the No. 3 pick in the country (and took Georgia high school outfielder Donavan Tate). So I was down there in Georgia and did get to see him pitch toward the end of his senior year. In short, it was pretty electric. That night he touched 99 (mph). He came out in the first inning throwing 97, 98, and had one of those breaking balls that elicited an audible sound from the scouts the first time he snapped one off. It was a pretty good combination and certainly an exciting guy. He was right near the top of our board in San Diego, and I think was the top high school pitcher on our board. I may have gone to great lengths here to finally acquire him, leaving the organization and everything else. We're certainly glad we have him here in New York."
One day after making his first rehab start with St. Lucie, Johan Santana said his arm felt good.
"Alive," he said, jokingly, while sitting at a picnic table under a tree at the Mets' minor-league complex. "No, I felt good. I think better than what I thought I was going to feel. I'm definitely very happy with the way everything feels Saturday."
Despite his optimism, Santana did caution:
"We're still building everything up. It's about doing this day in and day out. We still have some way to go, but it's going in the right direction and that's what you want."

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