PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Rain delayed Francisco Rodriguez's first batting practice session to batters this spring training.
Slowed by conjunctivitis, the New York Mets' closer expects to throw BP on Saturday, a step necessary before he appears in an exhibition game. He plans to wear prescription goggles at the direction of doctors."I might not be wearing contacts for the next three weeks," he said.Rodriguez had 35 saves and finished with a 3-6 record and 3.71 ERA last year, his first season in New York. He threw a bullpen session Tuesday, first time on a mound since Feb. 28, and was left behind Friday when the Mets' game against Minnesota in Fort Myers was canceled by rain."I've been playing some catch, trying to do little things," Rodriguez said. "It's pretty obvious I wasn't doing all the drills or what you need to do to get ready during the spring. But the good thing is I play winter ball, so I'm not behind schedule at all. I'm in pretty good shape, and the main thing is I'm healthy."Rodriguez said he needs to get back on a mound to determine what he needs to improve upon before opening day."I take every day the same," he said. "I don't feel like right now I have to work on anything yet. I say that because I haven't been on the mound. Once I go there, that's when I'm going to figure out what I need to work on."