PORT ST. LUCIE – Robert Gsellman's torn bib was healed until the end of last season so much that he felt he could be back up for the Mets when needed.
Now, with the advantage of a whole off-season break, the right-hander wants to show that he can become a trusted option in manager Luis Rojas' bullpen.
"I am healthy and I feel great," said Gsellman on Friday after training at Clover Park.
In 52 appearances last season, Gsellman scored 4.66 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. He pitched his last game on August 11th before going on the roster with a ripped bib.
"It was up and down," said Gsellman, referring to his season. "It's not what anyone really wants, but I just have to build on it and learn."
Before the Mets signed Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello to support the rotation in the off-season, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen had circulated the idea that Gsellman or Seth Lugo could be put into rotation. Gsellman admits that he was intrigued by the opportunity.
"Who wouldn't want to start?" Said Gsellman. “Five, six, seven innings out there, that's fun. Maybe I'll build myself up in the spring. "
He is currently rooted in a bullpen that includes Lugo, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Brad Brach and Justin Wilson.
"I feel like any spring training, we come in and we have nothing but poor arms, so there is nothing but competition here. So just go out there and worry about my business and go from there," said Gsellman.
Michael Conforto can expect to play mainly on the right field, but Rojas does not rule out that he could be used in the middle. Brandon Nimmo and Jake Marisnick are currently the Mets' top options.
"The priority with Michael is the right field, but the only thing we remind the guys here is to keep their versatility," said Rojas.
Tim Tebow reported on his fourth spring training at the Mets and is expected to speak to reporters on Sunday. The former Heisman Trophy winner ended last season at Triple-A Syracuse, where he was closed due to a hand injury in early August. Tebow only beat .163 with four Homers.