Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday that the new plans in place to keep the starting pitchers healthy are already showing dividends, adding that "processes and routines are what is going to truly keep these guys healthy going forward."
Callaway touched on the starting pitching depth the team has, said it's too early to determine the pecking order, and weighed in on Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz -- who all dealt with serious injuries and ineffectiveness last season.
"They all look really good in their pens," Calllaway said. "They're throwing the ball where they want to. If anything, we're having to pull them back a tad and say 'hey, don't overdo it. We know you feel great.' There's smiles on everyone's faces because they're coming in healthy, and what I've seen so far has kind of blown me away."
Callaway added that the starting pitchers will begin facing hitters earlier this year -- perhaps within the next few days -- due to Opening Day being on March 29.
Regarding pitching coach Dave Eiland and the role he will play, Callaway said that while pitchers will come to him directly from time-to-time, Eiland will be in the loop about everything that is said.
"He's the pitching coach. If a player comes to me, Dave is going to know what the discussion was. ... he's going to have everything to do with our pitching success. I'm there to help Dave if he needs help."
Callaway also discussed whether the team will have an eight-man or seven-man bullpen, and suggested that while they may not carry eight relievers on Opening Day (because of off-days early in the season), an eight-man pen for the majority of the season is likely.
Callaway further explained that having position players who can play multiple positions means he's not as worried about having an extra position player.
"I'm more worried about our pitching," he said, "and taking care of everybody that needs to be taken care of."