PORT ST. LUCIE — Robert Gsellman’s torn lat had healed enough by the end of last season that he felt he could have pitched again for the Mets if needed.
Now, with the benefit of an entire offseason’s rest, the right-hander is anxious to show he can become a trusted option in manager Luis Rojas’ bullpen.
“I am healthy and I am feeling great,” Gsellman said Friday after a workout at Clover Park.
In 52 appearances last season, Gsellman pitched to a 4.66 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. He pitched his final game on Aug. 11, before going on the injured list with a torn lat.
“It was up and down,” Gsellman said, referring to his season. “It’s not what anybody really wants, but I just have to build off of it and learn.”
Before the Mets signed Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello in the offseason to bolster the rotation, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen had floated the idea that Gsellman or Seth Lugo could be moved to the rotation. Gsellman admits he was intrigued by the possibility.
“Who wouldn’t want to start?” Gsellman said. “Going out there five, six, seven innings, that is fun. Maybe I will build up in spring.”
For now he’s…