Mets: Johan Santana will pitch against the Memphis Redbirds tomorrow...Jerry Manuel maintains that the fight for the final spot on the Mets' bench is "too close to call." Mike Jacobs adds power to the bench, but his main competition, Frank Catalanotto is more versatile defensively and a better all-around hitter...Kelvim Escobar has begun playing catch again. It seems reports of his retirement were extremely premature, but he shouldn't be expected to be ready anytime soon...Jose Reyes took batting live practice, but his timetable is still uncertain.
Phillies: J.C. Romero looked "sharp" in his game debut, but only faced four batters due to rain...The Phillies released12 minor leaguers, including OF Brad Wilkerson...Joe Blanton gave up 11 runs to minor leaguers...Ryan Madson will start the season as the team's closer. Brad Lidge is rehabbing his knee and shoulder, but should be back by the third week of the season.
Nationals: President Obama will throw out the first pitch on Opening Day in Washington, continuing a tradition honored on and off by others in office. Ivan Rodriguez will catch...Speaking of politics, Alberto Gonzalez has made his way back to Washington, on the Nats' bench...Jordan Zimmermann and Chien-Ming Wang both threw 45 pitches today in the bullpen...Stephen Strasburg will make his debut for the AA Harrisburg Senators on April 11, keeping him on schedule to become the Nats' fifth starter at the coming of the chosen one...Livan Hernandez is in the rotation and he's not the fifth starter. Take that Strasburg!...The Nationals claimed Mets catcher Chris Coste off waivers, but he likely won't make the major league squad.
Braves: Jason Heyward is out with shin splints, but is expected to be ready for opening day...Yunel Escobar is also out with a tightness in his back...Bobby Cox says the last spot on the roster, the utility infielder, is a toss-up between Joe Thurston and Brooks Conrad.
Marlins: Hayden Penn was claimed off waivers by the Pirates...Logan Morrison and Scott Strickland were reassigned to minor league camp...Logan Morrison's reassignment yesterday assures long-time prospect Gaby Sanchez is the opening day first baseman for the fish.