Mets 9, Marlins 4

Sitting at his locker, Florida Marlins right-hander Anibal

Sanchez wore a frown to go with that big bag of ice on his lower

right leg.

Sanchez was hit by a groundball during Thursday’s 9-4 loss to a

Mets’ split squad, bruising his calf. He remained in the game after

being hit in the second inning but said he was sore afterward, and

he wasn’t sure whether he would miss his next scheduled start.

”I have to see how I feel Friday,” the right-hander said.

”It’s painful at the moment. There’s a lot of inflammation.”

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said he doesn’t expect Sanchez’s

pitching schedule to be disrupted.

”He might be sore Friday, but it’s nothing serious,” Rodriguez


Sanchez went 3 2-3 innings, allowing three runs and five hits.

That included a sharp grounder by Russ Adams that deflected off

Sanchez’s leg for an RBI single.

”When the ball hit me, I didn’t feel my leg,” Sanchez said.

”The ball was coming very, very hard.”

Sanchez has been hampered by injuries since his rookie season in

2006 but pitched a career-high 195 innings last year, when he went


Veteran Willie Harris helped his bid to make the Mets roster

with a pair of doubles and won raves from manager Terry


”He’s a pro,” Collins said. ”He plays anywhere. He does

anything he needs to do to win a game. He’s one of the most lively

guys on the bench, even in spring training. He treats every game as

if it means something, and I’m impressed by that.”

Jordany Valdespin and Kai Gronauer each hit a three-run homer

for New York. Ozzie Martinez had three hits for Florida.

Mets starter Dillon Gee allowed three hits in three shutout