Tom Glavine looked relatively solid for the first 2 of his 3 innings against Atlanta on Monday ; the Braves’ newly acquired Tim Hudson was sharper, however allowing just 2 hits as 5 Chopsters pitchers combined to shutout the Mets.
Earlier, Darryl Strawberry made his first appearance in a Mets uniform since 1990 and given the day didn’t end with the lanky former right-fielder in a police lineup, it had to be considered a roaring success.
(Darryl and HoJo. You know what they say about guys who wear sunglasses on overcast days. That’s right, they know how to look cool.)
Righthander Todd Van Poppel, a former first round pick of the Oakland A’s, left Mets camp on Sunday and announced his retirement. Van Poppel pitched for 6 clubs in a 13 year stretch, most recently with the Reds. The Arlington, TX native had a couple of strong seasons pitching middle relief for the Cubs in 2000 and 2001, but had a modest career compared to the hype that accompanied his selection in the 1990 draft.