PORT ST. LUCIE — For all of the discuss that New York’s vaccine mandate may stop unvaccinated Mets gamers from taking part in home games, Francisco Lindor stays unconcerned.
“I think that is still quite some time from Opening Day for us, so we’ll worry about it once we get closer,” Lindor mentioned Friday. “At the end of the day whatever they decide is what they decide, so we’ll see what happens. I got my vaccine, so I’m good.”
Lindor’s evaluation got here on the identical day NYC’s new well being commissioner mentioned personal business vaccination guidelines will stay in impact “indefinitely.” Mayor Eric Adams nonetheless may change the foundations earlier than the Mets’ home opener on April 15.
Other Mets gamers who’ve indicated in current days that they’re vaccinated embody Max Scherzer, Jeff McNeil and Robinson Cano. A membership supply mentioned solely about 55 % of Mets gamers have been vaccinated at one level final summer time.
“I don’t know who is vaccinated and who is not vaccinated,” Lindor mentioned.
“Hopefully everything works out. I want to play baseball and I am sure everybody wants to play baseball here.”
Top prospect Francisco Alvarez performed within the Mets’ intrasquad scrimmage and simply missed a homer in his first at-bat — the ball was caught in deep proper discipline.
“As advertised,” supervisor Buck Showalter mentioned, referring to his early impression of the 20-year-old catcher. “The ball comes off his bat. You can see topspin on the ground balls, you can see hang-time on fly balls … the ball sounds, I remember being on a practice tee and [Bryson] DeChambeau was hitting a golf ball. It was a different sound. It’s a deep thud. [Alvarez] has got a different sound.”
Starling Marte expects to start swinging a bat throughout the subsequent few days. The outfielder has been restricted in exercises due to discomfort in his left indirect.
Jordan Yamamoto was reassigned to the minor leagues, leaving the Mets with 59 gamers in main league camp. The right-hander will function rotation insurance coverage for the Mets.
“We need him to get stretched out to start the season and the innings are going away now because we are getting to the point now we won’t have innings for him,” Showalter mentioned, when requested in regards to the choice to reassign Yamamoto.
Among Showalter’s initiatives earlier than the following spring coaching will be discovering a brand new home for the bullpens, that are positioned in foul territory in Clover Park. The supervisor mentioned he was fantastic with a play Lindor didn’t make on a pop up close to the bullpen mound reasonably than threat damage.