The Scott Erickson Experiment may have ended before it ever started. The Proven Veteran Starter, listed as No. 19, didn’t make it out of warmups Thursday before hitting the disabled list — David Cone last season at least waited until May. Back in his place is Jae Seo 38, whose evil cackle we could hear all the way from Norfolk. So for the time being, we’ve reduced our All-Time Met list to 726 players and are left waiting. Update: Seo appeared in Saturday’s game wearing No. 26. That makes three numbers for Seo in as many seasons as a Met. He made his MLB debut in 2002 in 38; switched to 40 last year and back to 38 this spring after Braden Looper took 40. See here for a list of Mets who wore multiple uniform numbers.
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Barring additional last-minute gynmastics, it appears that hard-throwing righty Tyler Yates has made the squad as the 4th starter and veteran Scott Erickson is hanging on for the fifth slot. Yates, who made a one-day appearance on the Met roster in April 2002 wearing No. 32 (he didn’t appear and subsequently blew out his elbow), will debut against the Expos later this week wearing No. 33. Erickson, should he last these final 48 hours, will likely get a change from the obscene 89 on his back during spring training. We can’t help but point out his customary 19 is available now that Cedeno is gone. Jae Seo 38 is meanwhile scheduled to start the year at Norfolk, with bullpenners Grant Roberts 36, Orber Moreno 49 and Dan Wheeler 39 also surviving the final cut.
New pitching coach Rick Peterson has been spied wearing No. 51 and Shane Spencer in 43. Among those wearing a different number than their previous appearances in a Met uniform: Pat Strange in 34 and Jeff Duncan in 10. More whacky numbers available only for a limited time: outfielder Kenny Kelly 0; infielder Victor Diaz 13; catchers Danilo Reynoso 85 and Tony Piazza 91; longshot pitchers Shawn Sedlacek 86; James Baldwin 88 and Scott Erickson 89.