Lawrence: Training Site Still Being Worked Out

Brian Lawrence told reporters yesterday he would like to work out with the club this weekend in Shea, but there seems to be a question if Lawrence can work out with the Mets because he is signed to a minor-league contract and is not a member of the 40-man roster.

“We are getting clarification [from MLB] on that,” GM Omar Minaya said. “He wants to throw a bullpen in front of The Jacket [Rick Peterson] if that’s possible.”

If MLB rules Lawrence can’t work out with the team, he could travel to Port St. Lucie a few days early and work out at the Mets’ minor-league complex.

Depending on how quickly he can build up his arm strength, Lawrence could make his season debut with the New York Mets at Dolphin Stadium against the Marlins, and that’s fine with Manager Willie Randolph.

“It’s going to be a circus anyway. It doesn’t really matter,” Randolph said yesterday of the May 25-27th series. “Wherever it falls, it’s going to fall.”

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