As the Mets continue their spring training down in Port St. Lucie, not all their players have gotten to participate in the festivities like they'd have wanted to, namely Dellin Betances.
Betances signed a one-year, $10.5 million deal with the Mets in the offseason after nine seasons with the Yankees, but the four-time All Star is coming off a torn achilles tendon he suffered just 0.2 innings into his 2019 season debut in late September -- he had sat out the season until then with a bone spur in his shoulder.
Now down in Port St. Lucie with the Mets, Betances didn't hide his frustration of having to sit out games and watch others pitch while he continues to rehab his left ankle.
"It's hard when you are throwing on the back fields," Betances said Saturday to The Post. "It's not the same as a real game, so you have got to try to train your mind to be as good as you can."
Betances' extensive achilles rehab has the 6-foot-8, 260 pound reliever showing whether or not he can cover bases and land on his left foot during his delivery.
Opening Day is just 3.5 weeks away, and Betances remains confident he'll be ready to go come the start of the season.
"I think we're right on schedule to get seven or eight games," Betances said. "If I can get in that, it would be enough games to get ready. I think we've got enough time. We've got about four weeks, right? I think we'll be good. There's no reason [to worry]. I haven't gotten that indication, so I think for me it's going to be seven or eight games and that should be good for me."
Mets manager Luis Rojas shared that sentiment, and feels like Betances should be ready come the end of camp.
"He's on point to how he's done it in past camps where he's at this point getting there, velocity getting there and feel for his two breaking balls are there as well," Rojas said.