The Mets made first round pick SS Reese Havens, who struggled with injuries in 2008 with Brooklyn, a late scratch from Hawaii Winter Baseball, which opens play Saturday. Mets Director of Minor League Operations Adam Wogan told MiLB.com’s Kevin T. Czerwinski:
"We feel that it's a better environment for him to spend a month in Florida. We think it makes the best use of his time. He had some smaller injuries and we're just trying to be cautious.
"He missed some games so this gives him the opportunity to get in some games and build up his overall strength rather than just go out and compete. Guys like him like to go out and compete, so it's better to be in this environment."
I thought sending a fully healthy Havens to Hawaii made sense. I think holding Havens back in instructs when the Mets are clearly worried about his condition makes even more sense.