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PORT ST. LUCIE -- Dellin Betances is trying to be patient as he works his way back from his partially torn Achilles tendon, but he's clearly getting antsy to get into actual games.
"I would have hoped to pitch last week," Betances said. "But I've got to trust the plan they have for me."
The Mets have been careful not to push the ex-Yankee reliever so far as he comes back. He threw a simulated game on Tuesday, and it was obvious his velocity wasn't anything close to the high 90s he has thrown during his career.
However, Betances said he's not concerned, in part because he's needed time in recent years to build arm strength during normal spring trainings.
"I'm trying to build up," he said. "I'm a slow starter regardless, and I also didn't pitch last year, but I think I have enough time to be ready (for Opening Day).
"I don't think it matters what (velocity) I'm throwing right now. I know it's not coming out the way it will during the season. It takes me a little bit to get that going. But I feel like everything's been good so far."
Betances said he and the medical staff will see how he feels on Wednesday before deciding when he'll throw next and how soon it will be before he gets into a game.