Jake Marisnick disproves Gleyber Torres' Astros fraud theory


PORT ST. LUCIE – Jake Marisnick denied on Wednesday that the Astros were guilty of fraud last season.

Earlier this week, the Yankees' Gleyber Torres claimed that the Houston illegal sign theft program passed from 2017 to the year before the Astros defeated the Yankees in the ALCS. Marisnick, now a Mets outfielder, knew nothing of Torres' claim, but responded to the indictment.

"I'm not going to go into all of this, but no we don't," said Marisnick.

According to the right-hander, Seth Lugo's broken left little toe was the result of a footstroke on the ottoman in his hotel room. Lugo restricted throwing from the hill, but plays catch on flat ground.

"I'm just taking a little light on my feet," said Lugo. "I'll keep my arm in shape and take it easy for a few days."

Rick Porcello and Marcus Stroman will be the starting jars for the Mets at the exhibition openings on Saturday. Porcello meets the Marlins in Port St. Lucie and Stroman the Cardinals in Jupiter, Florida.

Manager Luis Rojas said that Yoenis Cespedes, Jed Lowrie and Lugo are the only players who are unlikely to be ready to launch the Grapefruit League games. Steven Matz will face the Cardinals in Port St. Lucie on Sunday.

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Tomas Nido has shown the Mets last season that he is a capable receiver behind the plate, but he realizes that if he wants to stay as a backup catcher he has to hit.

To this end, he hired a swing trainer in the off-season to help with his approach. Last season, Nido had an OPS of 0.547 in 50 games for the Mets.

"Just a better club path and hitting the ball in all directions of the field," said Nido of his changes. "Not just hitting singles, driving the ball in the void, and having a better chance of being successful and fighting in bats."

Nido no longer has minor league options. After starter Wilson Ramos, Rene Rivera is the other catcher in the camp fighting for the backup job.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said Carlos Beltran had union support in investigating Astros illegal sign theft, but as a retired player hired on a team, he fell into a different category. Beltran was mentioned in MLB's report on the theft of signs and then separated from the Mets as a manager.

"I played against Carlos for a long time," said Clark. "I know what Carlos is all about. His situation was difficult because he was employed by a club at the time of the interview. There were some challenges. … He had his own advice and he had our support. "

Noah Syndergaard broke Amed Rosario's bat ejection live punch exercise. Robinson Cano had a good punch against Syndergaard.

Brad Brach was the latest Mets thrower to give Yoenis Cespedes a loud hit, firing a shot from the left field fence against the right-hander. Cespedes struck a similar shot against Rick Porcello the day before.

Pete Alonso took the time to sign a fan's fluorescent billboard that said, "I chose polar bear instead of Mickey."

The training with a full squad will continue in preparation for the start of the Grapefruit League on Saturday. The Mets face the Marlins in Port St. Lucie and the Cardinals in Jupiter.