The Journal News’ John Delcos reports that Mets reliever Duaner Sanchez has a hairline fracture in his left shoulder, and pending surgery, could be 4 months or more away from active duty.

With Sanchez unavailable and Guillermo Mota serving a 50 game suspension starting Opening Day, I hereby promise not to say anything else about Aaron Heilman’s potential as a starter until September at the earliest.

Milwaukee sent OF Brady Clark to the Dodgers today for the price of reliever Elmer Dessens.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that Dessens will be one of the top 5 highest paid Elmers in the state of Wisconsin this year.

Former Met Heath Bell tells the San Diego Union Tribune’s Tom Krasovic that he was certain he’d leave Arizona a member of the Padres big league roster beacuse œSan Diego wanted me. New York didn’t want me. It’s plain and simple “ if you want me, I’m pretty much on the team. I could have (messed) it up. But I’m not going to (mess) it up.

To which I can only wonder, if Bell is indeed so badly wanted in San Diego, how come he’s not started wearing a disguise to the ballpark?

While the Marlins swapped former Mets prospect Yusmeiro Petit to the D-Backs today in exchange for P Jorge Julio, the Cubs announced that Kerry Wood would start the season on the disabled list. This is Wood’s 11th trip to the DL in a decade, which really isn’t very many times until you consider that baseball isn’t a contact sport.