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Monday, February 20, 2006

Visa problems, new friends, recovering injuries, and more!

Well, Spring Training has started and baseball blogs are starting to get back into the swing of things (no pun intended), especially metsblog.com. Matt Cerrone is on a posting rampage (obviously a good thing) as he has made over 15 posts on Monday alone. Good job on covering everything Matt! Anyway, back to the Mets. Jorge Julio, the reliever acquired in the scrutinized Kris Benson trade, has yet to arrive in camp. Julio has had visa problems because his original visa was for him to join the Orioles, and I guess the fact that he was traded creates a visa problem. I'm not to sure about the specific details of visa's but that appears to be the extent of the problem. I'd expect him to report soon, don;t expect this to drag on like Alay Soler's visa problem's did. Next in line is Kazuo Matsui reporting to camp. Matsui is not reporting alone though. The 29 year old second baseman will be bringing his personal trainer from his former team in Japan. Hopefully this creates a better enviornment for Matsui, and maybe he can return to his 2004 form, save the fielding. If you remember when Kaz Ishii returned from the DL in May 2005 Matsui went on a mini run, however that run didn't last. Maybe this trainer will help Matsui return to his old self that had the scouts raving about him a couple of years ago. Next on the agenda is injuries. Philip Humber is ahead of schedule after his Tommy John surgery, and he should be throwing off of a mound in a couple of weeks. Hopefully the former first round pick can return to his Rice form when he is healthy, and hopefully he moves through the minors relativley quickly, and with ease. Also, non-roster invitee, Jose Parra, was sent to New York to have his elbow examined. Unfortunatley I don't know any more information because you need to be registered to read the article, something that I am not. A lot of people are talking about the Victor Diaz verse Xavier Nady battle in right field. Many believe that Diaz is better suited for right field, but Nady appears to be the leading candidate. What do you think (vote on right poll)?


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