PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- As soon as Pedro Beato took the mound for his warm-up pitches on Tuesday, Mets manager Terry Collins could plainly see that something was wrong. Beato's mechanics were completely out of whack, leading Collins to believe that the reliever was injured.
Beato left the game after facing just two Cardinals' batters, complaining of a bout of right-shoulder stiffness. Neither he nor Collins, who blamed Beato's injury on the windy conditions at Digital Domain Park, believed it was anything serious.
"It's Spring Training, so you're going to feel tight while throwing, especially at the beginning of the year," Beato said. "It just wouldn't loosen up."
The Mets should have a better idea on Thursday as to whether Beato will miss any significant time. Already, the hard-throwing right-hander is shading toward the wrong side of the bullpen bubble, battling Bobby Parnell, D.J. Carrasco and a host of left-handed options for two available roster spots. Missing time due to injury can only hurt his chances.
"It's no pain or anything, it's just stiff," Beato said. "I think it's just throwing every day, getting back to that baseball activity. I don't think it's anything serious."