Rained out: If the Mets and Marlins had been able to play through heavy downpours in the Jupiter, Fla. Area, they could have entertained a sellout crowd at Roger Dean Stadium. The better news? They also would have been accessible to up to three million Cablevision subscribers in the New York area.
Cablevision and SportsNet New York, the Mets' new cable network, reached an agreement Thursday to televise the channel on the coveted system, and programming was available in time for the scheduled first pitch between the two clubs.
The rained out affair will not be made up.
Moving quickly: When the season begins, Lastings Milledge has his ticket punched for Triple-A Norfolk.
Even though Milledge had been a standout in 48 games at Double-A Binghamton, as well as in the Arizona Fall League and for the U.S. Olympic qualifying team, there was speculation he might be headed back to Binghamton to open 2006.
He's done enough, including a stellar spring training, to avoid a return trip.
Trying everything: The Mets appear to have Billy Wagner in overdrive, attempting to reduce the swelling in his left middle finger.
Wagner seems to be in good spirits about the injury, which cropped up last week. After all, with Pedro Martinez's cranky right big toe across the way in the clubhouse, Wagner's finger isn't even the most scrutinized digit in the room.
He's also cheerful because, at least for now, he's still expected to be ready in time for Opening Day. Meanwhile, Kaz Matsui also reports he's ahead of schedule, although Opening Day still does not appear likely.
This and that: Both Carlos Beltran and Cliff Floyd were sent home Thursday with flu-like symptoms. … Norfolk Tides manager Ken Oberkfell was admitted to an area hospital with pain in his left leg, related to a February surgical procedure.
Coming up: With Thursday's rainout, Jose Lima will be pushed back to a minor league game on Friday. The Mets will stick with their original plan of starting Tom Glavine against the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m.
Mets Notebook for March 24 - Lastings Milledge ticketed for Triple-A Norfolk ... SportsNet New York reaches agreement with Cablevision ... Billy Wagner's finger progressing slowly ...
Lastings Milledge will open the 2006 season at Triple-A Norfolk.