D.J. Carrasco allowed four runs (three earned) in four innings while starting in place of Chris Young and the Marlins held on to defeat the Mets, 6-5, Friday in Jupiter.
• Terry Collins confirmed Carlos Beltran intends to play five innings in a minor league game on Saturday. He will lead off each inning, and play right field as well.
After a likely off-day the following day, Beltran could advance to a Grapefruit League game Monday, according to the manager. That decision must be weighed carefully, though, because it essentially will mean the Mets will lose the ability to backdate any ensuing 15-day DL stint more than two days into spring training, rather than a full 10 days.
“Hopefully he comes out of that moving forward,” Collins said about Saturday’s activity. “If he is, we’ll try to get him in the major league game.”
Collins hopes Beltran can play in the final three Grapefruit League games, Monday through Wednesday, after which the Mets break camp and bus to Miami.
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• Carrasco, who has a two-year, $2.4 million deal, is slated to serve as the team’s long man/spot starter. He started Friday against the Marlins because Young did not want to face Florida for a third time this spring. Young instead pitched in a 9 a.m. minor league intrasquad game back in Port St. Lucie, and tossed six scoreless innings against players mostly destined for extended spring training rather than full-season teams.
Carrasco’s line: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.
“He’s one of those kind of guys that gets his work in,” Collins said about Carrasco. “We have a very, very good idea of what he brings to the table. He’s one of those guys that’s trying to work on stuff, trying to get the ball to sink, and different breaking balls at different angles. I don’t think he gets too caught up in results right now. I think he gets caught up more in whether or not he’s locating the pitches that he’s throwing.”
• Ike Davis homered off Marlins minor leaguer Jay Buente.
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• Pat Misch was charged with two earned runs on three hits and two walks in two innings in relief of Carrasco. Misch appears on the outside looking in for a roster spot, despite being out of options, meaning he would have to be exposed to waivers before being sent to Triple-A Buffalo. Even if Misch cleared waivers, he still would have the right to declare himself a free agent.
The Mets have resolved to carry a seven-man bullpen -- eight, actually, for the first few games since Chris Capuano will work in relief during the first road trip until the No. 5 starter is needed.
• Rule 5 pick Pedro Beato tossed two scoreless innings, issuing a walk but no hits. Sandy Alderson is on the record suggesting Beato likely will be in the bullpen, where he figures to join Francisco Rodriguez, Bobby Parnell, Tim Byrdak, Taylor Buchholz and Carrasco. That presumably leaves one spot for Blaine Boyer or Jason Isringhausen.
Boyer has an out in his minor league contract next Thursday, giving him a trump card and likely placing him on the team.
Because Isringhausen is on a minor league deal, he conceivably could be asked to stay in Port St. Lucie for extended spring training. Izzy threw in a minor league game Friday. He allowed four runs, all unearned, in two innings in his first game action since getting shut down with right elbow inflammation.
• The Mets produced four eighth-inning runs. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a two-run double. Luis Hernandez added an RBI groundout and Jesus Feliciano had a run-scoring single.
• The Mets host the Braves on Saturday in Port St. Lucie, with Mike Pelfrey opposing Derek Lowe.