Link Roundup: Captain America, Wheeler Demoted, Valdy (Tasteless Headline Here)

Can't wait to see his Instagram later.

Can’t wait to see his Instagram later.

You’ll all be happy to know that Mets 2B Jordany Valdespin is fine after he got hit by a Justin Verlander pitch in the…well, I’ll let Jordany tell you.  After he was removed from the game, he told reporters that “Everything is good, working good, normally, everything is great.”

Thanks for that self-evaluation, JV.

This, of course prompted a stream of Twitter tweets using every pun in the book, including a suggestion that the term “base on balls” be redefined.

Oh, by the way, the Mets beat the Tigers 11-0.

Valdespin continues to make an impact with his bat as well, now hitting .370 with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs this spring.  If he’s truly improved his pitch recognition and can cut down on the strikeouts, he could be a valuable player for the Mets.

Meanwhile, David Wright led Team USA to two victories over the weekend, advancing the team to the next round of the World Baseball Classic. His grand slam put the Mets Americans up for good on Saturday against Mike Piazza‘s Team Italy, and his three-walk performance on Sunday helped the Americans past the pesky Canadians. Some fans have taken to calling him Captain America. That has a nice ring to it.

RHP Zack Wheeler was among the first cuts in camp this year. Wheeler tossed a couple of impressive innings in his only spring appearance. His next appearance was cut short by a tweak in his oblique, but he’s ready to work again.  I would have enjoyed seeing him pitch one more time this spring – just because he’s fun to watch – but I assume we’ll be seeing plenty of him in the near future.

That’s all for now. Have a great week and don’t forget to wear your cup.

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