PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A few small red cuts flecked R.A. Dickey's right heel, where Tigers designated hitter Corey Jones accidentally spiked him during Sunday's game at Digital Domain Park. Dickey received two stitches and called it a "superficial wound," though the episode did underscore his importance to the team.
With Johan Santana unlikely to rack up even average pitch counts in April, the Mets may need Dickey to save their bullpen by lasting deep into games early in the season. If anyone on the staff can do it, it is Dickey, who pitched eight innings in his previous start before scaling back his workload Sunday in preparation for Opening Day. Dickey led the staff in innings pitched in 2011, and would have done the same in '10 had he been in the big leagues the entire season.
"I want to be prepared for that," Dickey said. "I like to push myself a little bit more in spring. I like to take it to the 100-pitch mark, and I did that, so that I have mentally an idea of what my body's going to need to do when I get out there when it counts. So I feel good with that. And if they want to lean on that, that's a luxury that I have."
Center fielder Andres Torres stole a bag, reached base twice and played the field in his third Minor League appearance on Sunday. Torres, who is recovering from a calf strain, will play in another Minor League game on Monday, with the Mets still hoping he can make a Grapefruit League appearance before the start of the regular season.
The Mets plan to option left-handed reliever Josh Edgin to Minor League camp on Monday, ending his long-shot bid to make the club. Edgin, who did not allow a run over 10 1/3 Grapefruit League innings, will close for one of the organization's Minor League affiliates -- likely Double-A Binghamton. "We'll see him real soon," manager Terry Collins said.
Left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak struck out one batter over one scoreless inning in a Minor League game Sunday. Byrdak is attempting to make the Opening Day roster after undergoing left knee surgery in mid-March. If Byrdak cannot go, Daniel Herrera will make the roster.
Third baseman David Wright will play in a Minor League game on Monday, with flexible rules allowing him to bat as often as once an inning. Wright, who missed the first three weeks of the exhibition season with a strained left abdominal muscle, has recorded just 15 plate appearances all spring.