Mets’ Robert Gsellman seeking bounce-back year now that he’s healthy

Mets’ Robert Gsellman seeking bounce-back year now that he’s healthy

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.”

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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 entrenched in a bullpen that also includes Lugo, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Brad Brach and Justin Wilson.

“I feel just like every spring training, we come in and we have nothing but good arms, so there is nothing but competition around here, so just go out and have to worry about my business and go from there,” Gsellman said.

Michael Conforto can expect to play primarily in right field, but Rojas isn’t ruling out the possibility he might be used in center. Brandon Nimmo and Jake Marisnick are the Mets’ top options in center at the moment.

“The priority with Michael is right field, but the one thing we remind the guys here is to keep their versatility,” Rojas said.

Tim Tebow reported to his fourth spring training with the Mets and is expected to speak with reporters Sunday. The former Heisman Trophy winner concluded last season at Triple-A Syracuse, where he was shut down in early August with a hand injury. Tebow batted just .163 with four homers.