Saturday, April 02, 2005

Cameron and Benson Injured, Written by Asher Smith

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What had been a relatively problem-free Spring Training got a cruel jolt on Friday, two days before the Mets break camp and head over to Washington and then Cincinnati.

The status of Kris Benson and Mike Cameron, two keys to the "New Mets," has been thrown into question after both experienced pain. Kris Benson is suffering from a muscle strain in his right pectoral muscle, and will miss his first start against the Reds. Kazuhisa Ishii will start in his place. The trade of Matt Ginter, who would have taken over Benson’s rotation spot if the injury was serious, would see to indicate that Kris Benson’s injury is not serious at all.

The diagnosis of Mike Cameron is not as clear. He is currently in New York for tests, and more information should be available later. If he has to go on the disabled list, Victor Diaz would probably be recalled from AAA Norfolk to play rightfield.

Mets finalize Roster

After an 11-9 loss to the Marlins, the Mets made their final cuts of the spring. Among these cuts were Matt Ginter, who had very impressive springs. After being cut, Ginter was traded to the Detroit Tigers for LHP Steve Colyer. Colyer, 26 is a hard throwing relief pitcher who has been quoted by manager Alan Trammel as "inconsistant". In 2004, Colyer appeared in 41 games and had a 6.47 ERA, and struggled with his control.

Although making the club, LHP Felix Heredia is expected to be released after refusing to go on the DL, according to the New York Daily News. Heredia, who gave up 2 runs in today's Florida finale for the Mets has struggled this spring. In 2004 Heredia had a 6.28 ERA with the Yankees, in 47 games and spent time in A ball. He was traded to the Mets for soft-tossing reliever Mike Stanton.

Also, the Mets released catcher Kelly Stinnett, who was recently sized to fill out the AAA roster, and possibly back up Mike Piazza if Ramon Castro were to struggle. Stinnett hurt his shoulder in camp, which led to the release. Stinnett spent 1994 and 1995 as the Mets backup catcher.


Among the position players cut were Ron Calloway, Luis Garcia, and pitcher Jose Santiago. Garcia and Calloway were battling for a bench spot, as Santiago was battling for a bullpen spot.

As of now, the Mets have 26 men on their roster, and the final cut will be made tomorrow or today.