PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) â?? While Mets reliever Rafael Montero keeps pushing hard to make the club’s final roster out of spring training, one vital piece of the bullpen returned to the New York’s clubhouse on Sunday as Fernando Salas arrived for the second time in camp.
Salas reported in February, did his work and left to pitch for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic before ever appearing in a spring training game for the Mets.
Getting back to the U.S. became a problem.
After appearing in two games for Mexico and tossing just one inning, the 31-year-old Salas found out his visa wasn’t in order, keeping him from returning to Florida. Fortunately for Salas and the Mets, that paperwork is up to speed.
“I’m happy because I’m here,” Salas said after handshakes with teammates. “I understand the rules and have my visa now.”
Now it’s up to Mets manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen to get Salas up to speed.
“He hasn’t pitched very much. I have a lot of concerns,” Collins said recently. “I told Dan that when he gets in here we’re going to certainly have to get him in every other day for a …
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