"J.T. [Justin Turner] told me the guy threw 89-90 (mph)," Stinson said. "The first pitch to Nickeas was 98 and I said, 'Uh-oh. It looks like I’m not taking the bat off my shoulder.' T.C. told me when I was going on deck, 'Take two strikes no matter what. Don’t swing before that.' Luckily it got to 3-0 and he didn’t throw a strike."Mike Puma of the NY Post felt the need to ask Nationals manager Davey Johnson his thoughts on the Mets financial woes, and the potential for just a $100 million payroll next season.
"That's fine, $100 million, if you've got all the pieces together and you only have one or two question marks, then you're a competitive club," Johnson said. "But in the scheme of things, $100 million is not a huge payroll. What's the Phillies' payroll? One hundred and [seventy] million? And you're in a bigger market. You do the math and analyze the process, and 'Are they ready?' "Ike Davis reported to Port St. Lucie on Friday to begin baseball activities. According to David Lennon, Davis played catch, hit off a tee, and took 20 ground balls. He is expected to continue baseball activities today.
Johan Santana will pitch two innings for Class A St. Lucie today.