Jeremy Heit's Blog
Saturday, March 12, 2005
March Madness

Here is some writing I did for Enjoy.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005
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Norm is back! YES!!!

Vinny has a nice rundown on the 'pen

And in the "Wha?" story of the day, I present Clifford Cornelius Floyd...
"I think I can steal 20 to 25 bases this year, and that's not even running," Floyd said. "I think I just have to pick my spots. My batting fifth will allow me to steal more. If I'm hitting earlier in the lineup, you don't want to [run and] take the bat out of [Carlos] Beltran's hands or [Mike] Piazza's hands.
Cliff, play 140-150 games, then we'll talk about stealing bags...

Sunday, March 06, 2005

From Pete Abraham (hat tip Jay)
The once-promising career of Tyler Yates may be over.

The hard-throwing relief pitcher reported to camp yesterday to begin the long process of rehabilitating his right shoulder. What was initially diagnosed as tendinitis proved to be a 70 percent tear in his labrum that required extensive repair.

"There's no chance I'm pitching this season. I can't even throw a ball until August," said Yates, who could barely raise his arm above his waist. "It's frustrating because the doctors didn't know what it was until the surgery."

Very few pitchers return to the same level of effectiveness after labrum surgery. Yates is further hampered by having undergone Tommy John elbow surgery in 2002.

The Mets gave Yates a chance to start last spring and he earned a spot in the rotation. But control and stamina issues returned him to the bullpen. He was 2-4 with a 6.36 ERA.

The Mets had hoped Yates would develop into a setup man if not one day a closer. Now, at the age of 27, his future is uncertain.

"All I can do is wait," he said.
I like Yates a lot, but unfortunately, the injury history continues... let's hope he recovers.

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