David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltranand Carlos Delgado are all off to their respect WBC teams now along with JJ Putz, K-Rod, Oliver Perez, Pedro Feliciano and Alex Cora.
The first game of the WBC, China against Japan, is in three days and the American team will face the Canadians next Saturday.
Good news in that Johan isn't going to fly back to NYC for an MRI because he's feeling much better. He might still miss Opening Day which is a real pisser but apparently, this elbow stiffness is just a result of trying to do too much too quickly in preparation of the WBC that the Mets later officially told him not to play in.
Nonetheless, the concern caused a little shit storm of its own, enough so to prompt Richard Justice to pen a piss-taking column about what pussies modern pitchers are (how's that for some R-rated alliteration?):
If this were 1968, there'd be absolutely no reason to worry about Johan Santana's left arm. Back then, men were men.
They didn't believe in middle relief. They barely believed relief pitching at all. Starting pitchers saw their jobs differently back then. Their starts were their games.
Earl Weaver would sometimes warm up a reliever just to annoy Jim Palmer. He'd occasionally get his worst reliever up.
Anyway, ENJOY YOUR BLIZZARD, NEW YORK!