Mets Notebook: Glavine ready for Opening Day

Mets Notebook for March 30 – Tom Glavine travels to Disney World for one last spring tune-up … Paul Lo Duca ejected in the fourth inning … Brian Bannister enjoying his rookie status …

  • Last game – Braves 4, Mets 1: Tom Glavine pitched four innings in his final tune-up before Opening Day, allowing two runs and three hits to his former club.

    "Today was the best day I've had in terms of feeling comfortable and making good pitches," Glavine said.

    He also learned he'll have a supporter behind the plate in catcher Paul Lo Duca, who was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing balls and strikes. Lo Duca was rung up by plate umpire Sam Holbrook on a third strike that he felt was very similar to pitches Glavine had thrown in previous innings without strike calls.

    In relief, Yusaku Iriki threw two scoreless innings, perhaps boosting his chances of making the club out of spring training. Iriki told reporters Wednesday that he would report to Triple-A if so assigned.

  • The new kid: Brian Bannister has spent the entire spring in his corner of the Mets clubhouse, alternating between quietly listening to veterans and engaging passersby in conversation.

    But it wasn't until Wednesday, Bannister's first day as an official member of the team's starting rotation, that Bannister began to be needled and ribbed by his Shea Stadium-bound teammates. Bannister can receive the rookie treatment because that's what he's tabbed to be, in line for his Major League debut in the Mets' sixth game of the season against the Florida Marlins.

    "I'm the rookie," Bannister tells the Bergen Record's Steve Popper. "I was a freshman in college at one point, and I dealt with it for the entire year. It's fun."

  • Set free: Outfielder Tike Redman was released on Wednesday after being optioned to minor league camp the day before.

    Redman, 29, had been hoping to make the team as a fifth outfielder, but came into camp as a non-roster invitee and behind Endy Chavez in that competition.

    He had been designated for assignment in January to make room for pitcher John Maine on the 40-man roster, but cleared waivers at that time.

  • T.J. takes over: Tony Tijerina will serve as interim manager for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides while Ken Oberkfell recovers from surgery earlier this month to alleviate blood clotting in his left leg, it was announced Wednesday.

    Tijerina, 36, is the Mets' minor league field coordinator, overseeing spring training for minor league teams, extended spring training and the team's Instructional League entries.

    "It's Ken Oberkfell's team, I'm just filling in until he returns," Tijerina said. "I wish Kenny a speedy recovery and I'm going to run the club the way he would. I'm honored the organization selected me to fill in."

  • Knicks and knacks: RHP Jorge Julio and RHP Duaner Sanchez each have minor finger issues, the New York Post reports. Sanchez has a broken nail on his right middle finger and Julio has a blister.

  • Coming up: The Mets see only the St. Louis Cardinals for the rest of spring training, playing the first of three contests against the Redbirds at 1:10 p.m. ET in Port St. Lucie.
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