PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Rain limited the workload on Day 2 of pitchers and catchers workouts at Mets camp. And Terry Collins is now going to push Friday’s workout to noon because of more inclement weather expected in the morning, when the workouts customarily are held.
“We didn’t get all the conditioning in we wanted,” Collins said. “Obviously this time of year it’s about pitchers throwing. … At least they got that kind of work in.
“We’ve got to get the throwing in, because starting next Monday, those guys have got to be ready to start throwing batting practice and get ready for games.”
The Mets’ Grapefruit League schedule begins Feb. 23, when they play host to the Washington Nationals at 12:10 p.m. on SNY.
Position players officially report Saturday, but 54 of the 58 players due in camp already are here. The only exceptions: Marlon Byrd and Jordany Valdespin (both of whom recently completed play in the Caribbean Series), infielder Wilfredo Tovar and right-hander Jenrry Mejia.
“Everybody else is here,” Collins said. “When you look in the clubhouse and you have almost your entire position players here, it’s a good sign.”
Collins said he did not believe his open discontent about Ruben Tejada not reporting early to camp last year prompted the bulk of players to show up early this time.
“One of the things we’ve talked about, we’ve really stressed, is the importance of starting the season right,” Collins said. “And the best way to do it is to have guys in game shape -- midseason form as a lot of people say -- starting April 1. And they do that by being here early. Ruben had been in New York working out with Jose [Reyes], but it’s still better being outside, getting on the ground and doing the condition with some of the other guys.”