A scout who watched Oliver Perez during the Mexican winter league playoffs said he was not close to the Mets' internal reports of sitting at 88 mph and topping out at 92 mph. The scout said in the game he watched, Perez hit 88 mph in the first inning and mostly sat at 86 mph.
• After quizzing Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post about the Marlins' plans, it appears the opening series rotation will be: Mike Pelfrey vs. Josh Johnson on April 1, followed by Jon Niese vs. Ricky Nolasco and R.A. Dickey vs. Javier Vazquez.
• Left-hander Les Walrond was borrowed from minor league camp and is on the trip, so it turns out the Mets have signed Les Walrond. Walrond, 34, made 23 major league appearances between 2003 and '08 with the Royals, Cubs and Phillies. He and Casey Fossum could be left-handers at Triple-A Buffalo.
• Troy Renck of the Denver Post tweets: With John Maine, his shot might come in mid April. He hit 92 mph five times on gun yesterday. Need to see how shoulder recovers with use, but he could be pleasant surprise. Rockies have had a history of landing bounceback guys. Maine could fall into that category.
• I do not get the sense the Phillies would be interested in Luis Castillo if Chase Utley's knee woes sideline him for a prolonged period.