Sight for Sore Eyes: Mets' K-Rod Kept Home by Conjunctivitis
Closer Francisco Rodriguez has pinkeye.
The Mets told K-Rod not to even show up at camp Thursday, although it's certainly not expected to be a setback.
Rodriguez was "throwing extremely well" in camp, manager Jerry Manuel said, and it's not as if he need to build up for anything more than an inning.
"In his situation, it's not as critical for us, because of what we expect from him once the season starts," Manuel said. "I don't think it's a thing we're concerned about in the sense that he's missing time."
Then again, the Mets took so much grief last year for misdiagnoses -- or at least misleading public diagnoses -- that Manuel wouldn't even estimate how long Rodriguez will be out.
Another red flag: It took a week to figure out it was pinkeye.
"I think they couldn't identify what he had when he got here," Manuel said.
Ace Johan Santana, meanwhile, threw a bullpen session Thursday. Recovering from surgery Sept. 1 to remove bone chips from his elbow, Santana said his Grapefruit League debut would be somewhere in the March 9-12 range.