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Mets Lead With Santana, Rotation Jumbled

The Mets will start Johan Santana on Opening Day, but the remainder of their starting rotation is in flux.

John Maine and Jon Niese will face the Marlins in the other two games of the season-opening series, April 7-8, at Citi Field.

Mike Pelfrey and Oliver Perez will follow.


Minaya Won't Rule Reyes Out For Opener

Mets general manager Omar Minaya is still hoping that shortstop Jose Reyes will be able to play on Opening Day.

"We haven't ruled it out yet, no," Minaya said. "I'm guessing the next step is going to be live BP (batting practice). He looks good. He wants to bring it to the next level."

Minaya's comments are curious because he said on Saturday that he did not think it was wise to rush the shortstop "just to have him for one game."

Via New York Daily News

Reyes Unlikely To Be Ready For Opening Day

The Mets are unlikely to have shortstop Jose Reyes in the lineup for Opening Day.

New York has largely skirted around the issue.

"I can't tell you he's not going to be ready," general manager Omar Minaya said Saturday.

Reyes only returned to camp with his teammates a few days ago.

"We're not going to rush for the sake of one game," Minaya said. "Having him play the whole [or the vast majority of the games] is the most important thing."

Via MLB.com

Feliciano Wants To Be Mets' Setup Man

Pedro Feliciano wants to be the setup man for the Mets heading into the 2010 season.

"I just want to be the setup man," Feliciano said. "I don't want to be the lefty specialist. ... I want to be the setup man. I want to be the eighth-inning guy, and I want to prove to the organization that I can pitch to righties like I pitch to lefties."

Over the last four seasons, Feliciano has a 3.04 ERA in an average of 79 games per year.

"I see [J.J.] Putz is gone, and nobody's set up as the setup man," Feliciano said. "I want to get that position. I want to win it. I'm working with the righties like I'm doing with the lefties. And I just want to leave Spring Training as the setup man."

Via MLB.com

Gooden Faces Multiple Charges In Crash

Dwight Gooden has been charged in New Jersey with driving under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene of an accident.

Franklin Lakes police Capt. Joseph Seltenrich says Gooden had a child in his vehicle at the time of the two-vehicle crash at about 9 a.m. ET Tuesday.

Authorities say Gooden was also charged with child endangerment and motor vehicle violations. They would not release details, including the type of drugs.


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