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Dillon Gee was very hittable on Friday as the Mets fell to the Cardinals 4-3. This afternoon, they take on the Marlins in Jupiter at 1:05 PM. Official Opening Day Roster Member Miguel Batista gets the start up against lefty Mark Buehrle and you'll be able to catch the action on WFAN.
In more opening day roster news, Andres Torres played in a minor league game on Friday and went 1-5. Unfortunately, Torres felt a little awkward and it looks like the Mets will keep him in minor league camp so that they can backdate him to the disabled list if need be. The status of Torres and Tim Byrdak is all that's keeping the team from finalizing their roster, so we'll see how they handle that in the upcoming days.
Praise Dickey, everybody: the Mets are mulling picking up R.A. Dickey's 2013 option now and they may also add some years onto it. Dickey's option is for a team friendly $5 million.
What's the status of Johan Santana for opening day? Santana is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today which will determine whether he pitches in Thursday's opener. If not, Dickey will fill in for him. Johan's had some back soreness along with some trouble getting loose in recent days, though it looks like that shouldn't keep him off of the mound.
Howard Megdal continues his "How the Mets Stack Up" series, as he examines the third basemen in the division.
One of the best developments this spring is that Bobby Parnell's pitching ills have been cured and it looks like you can thank Jason Isringhausen for teaching Bobby the knuckle curveball late last season. Or wait, maybe you should thank Sandy Koufax for working with Bobby and telling him to throw his fastball up in the zone to offset the curveball. Or maybe, this is all just some sort of confirmation bias and we should wait until the season starts before we start praising the changes Parnell's made because this is a really small sample size. Yeah, I think I'll go with that one.
At Hardball Talk, DJ Short examines how long the Mets will stay in baseball purgatory. Let's hope the answer is "not as long as we think".
Around the Majors
Bad news for the Yankees, as righty Michael Pineda got roughed up by the Phillies on Friday night and then complained of shoulder pain. Pineda, who's velocity has been mostly down all spring, will have an MRI today to see what's wrong in there.
Ageless wonder Jamie Moyer has made the Rockies' rotation after missing all of 2011 after having Tommy John Surgery. Just to get an idea of how old Moyer is, he made his major league debut in 1986 and pitched against Steve Carlton.
There were a couple of long term extensions signed on Friday, as the Royals agreed to a four year deal with outfielder Alex Gordon worth $37.5 million and the Padres agreed to a deal with lefty Cory Luebke. His deal is for three years and $12 million guaranteed.
Finally, the Astros released Livan Hernandez just a day after the Mets ripped him apart. Livan was unemployed for about an hour as the Braves immediately snatched him off of the free agent market. Don't they have enough pitching?