Notes: Slumping Green sees progress
Struggling veteran remains confident despite .145 average
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- His batting average now is .145, down nine points from the previous day. And even with his first 15 at-bats -- all fruitless -- removed from the equation, Shawn Green is batting .200 this spring. But the numbers conceal some positives and muddle the picture.
Green was hitless Friday in three at-bats in the Mets' 2-1 victory against the Cardinals. He flied out and grounded out twice. But the fly ball headed for the berm beyond right field before the March wind interfered.
And Green still hasn't become accustomed to the changes in his swing. He's been getting to pitches too quickly, he says.
"I know how it looks," he said. "But I'm still excited about the progress I've made."
Pedro update: The prognosis is unchanged -- August at the earliest -- although Pedro Martinez is quite encouraged by how his surgically repaired right shoulder has responded lately.
"A lot more progress than in previous weeks," Martinez said Friday after spending some of the first six innings of the Mets' game against the Cardinals in the home dugout. "I couldn't be happier."
He said he has experienced no pain and that he isn't even icing his arm.
Martinez said he is making 125 throws from 75 feet.
"And I'm not just lobbing the ball," he said.
Clubhouse DJ's: The players were mostly unaware of the club enlisting the help of the public to determine which song will be played for David Wright's at-bats this year. But once word reached the players, they had several suggestions -- each delivered with a smile and a cackle -- not included among 50 songs listed on mets.com.
"I think it should be 'It's a Small World' [the Disney song]," Aaron Heilman said. "Everyone in the stands would hate him then. It's not a terrible song, but it gets annoying."
Paul Lo Duca's suggestion was "It's Raining Men" by the Weather Girls.
Play-by-play man Gary Cohen suggested Gerry Rafferty's "Right Down the Line," ideal for a third baseman.
Green's choice was Louie Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" because "He's got everything in his world already," Green said.
Keith Hernandez, now 54, dated himself a bit with "The Mickey Mouse Song" because "David looks so young, he could be a Mouseketeer."
Billy Wagner and John Maine agreed on "It's Good to Be Rich." Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" was the choice of Howard Johnson, Wright's baseball father figure.
Two of the 50 songs on Wright's list probably aren't good choices for a hitter -- The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" and The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again."
"That'd be a lie," Wright said.
Mike Pelfrey says his music appreciation is quite limited, and his awareness of song titles is limited as well.
"I have no idea what could be played for me," Pelfrey said. "Do you have one? Just make sure they have it in New Orleans."
On the outside looking in: By Sunday, the bullpen the Mets won't have to open the season will be in place.
Guillermo Mota will have arrived in camp and joined his rehab brothers, Duaner Sanchez and Juan Padilla. Suspended for the first 50 games of the regular season because of violation of baseball's substance abuse policy, Mota is prohibited from pitching in exhibition games as well.
Sanchez said he felt residual soreness in his right shoulder a day after he tore some adhesions in his repaired shoulder. He no longer was intent on throwing off a mound Saturday. And pitching coach Rick Peterson said the club would make decisions on Sanchez based on how the reliever feels and not on some schedule.
What a guy: A framed photograph of bullpen coach Guy Conti -- just your typical PR shot of him, wearing his cap and little expression -- now hangs from the unassigned locker shared by Wright and Jose Reyes.
"It's just my favorite picture in the world," Wright said. He had liberated it from one of the offices here.
This and that: Carlos Delgado left camp in the morning to be with his wife, Betzaida, who is to give birth shortly. She was home in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The due date is April 1. ... Pedro Feliciano pitched another perfect inning Friday. He has allowed four hits, two walks, no runs and struck out 12 in nine appearances and 10 innings. ... Ron Darling has agreed to a three-year extension with SNY. Darling was nominated for an Emmy for his color commentary in his first year in the Mets' booth. ... Anderson Hernandez, the player who would replace Reyes on a long-term basis if the need arose, made his sixth error of the spring. ... With Ruben Sierra released, the Mets have brought in another veteran slugger, 32-year-old third baseman Fernando Tatis. He has signed a Minor League contract less than two weeks after he was cut by the Dodgers. He had batted .059 in 17 at-bats. Tatis came up with the Rangers in 1997 when general manager Omar Minaya was with the Rangers.
Coming up: The Mets play two games on Saturday afternoon. Their final split-squad games are in Port St. Lucie against the Orioles (1:10 p.m. ET) and in Jupiter against the Marlins (1:05 p.m.). Chan Ho Park starts against the Orioles, opposite Hayden Penn. John Maine starts against the Marlins, opposite Scott Olsen.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.