PORT ST. LUCIE — Dellin Betances’ spring is progressing at the pace he expected, but that doesn’t erase the frustration of watching others pitch in the Grapefruit League while he continues to strengthen his left ankle.
“It’s hard when you are throwing on the back fields,” the Mets reliever said Saturday. “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.”
The right shoulder impingement that last season sidelined Betances, then with the Yankees, from spring training until September isn’t an issue. But the Achilles tendon he tore upon his return has required an extensive rehab, one in which he must show he can cover bases in addition to the grind of landing on his left foot during his delivery.
Betances has faced hitters for live batting practice three times this spring. He expects at least another session this week, followed by perhaps a simulated game with base runners before a discussion can occur with team brass about allowing him to pitch in the Grapefruit League.
“I’ve been working to move off the mound to field bunts, so I think we are trying to make sure we do all the stuff before I get out…