Â ”Bart Hubbuch, of the New York Post, reports New York Mets OF Ryan Church (hamstring) is scheduled to play in an extended Spring Training game Tuesday, June 2, and is expected to be activated from the disabled list Sunday, June 7.”
Â It’s not all doom and gloom in Mets Nation.Â ChurchÂ being reactivatedÂ could not haveÂ come at a better time.Â We’ve been riding the Sheffield waveÂ lately, but I think it’s plain to see that ShefÂ should notÂ start everyday.Â He’s 40 years old and is playing through pain.
Courtesy of ESPN –
“Sheffield described the pain behind his right knee as similar to what forced Jose Reyes onto the disabled list. Only in Sheffield’s case, he plans to fight his way through it rather than take an extended break, the NY Newsday reports.”
Â IMO, Shef has been the glue that’s held this Mets lineup together these past few weeks.Â Primarily used as a clean-up hitter, Sheffield isÂ hitting .269 with 5 homers and 20 RBIs.Â His OBP is .406 and he’s Slugging .472.Â He’s been aÂ pleasant surprise but I fear at the steady rate that he’s playing, he’ll quickly showÂ heÂ is indeed a 40 year old man.
Â That’s where Church comes in, along with Fernando Martinez.Â Â When Church joins the teamÂ this Sunday, Emil Brown should be sent down to the minors and Fernando Martinez should stay.Â HeÂ could spell time with bothÂ Sheffield and Church.Â That way, Shef could get the rest he needs if he wants to last the season, andÂ Church could ease back in and not have toÂ put added strain on his hammy.Â
Â Or maybe not.Â Should F-Mart be sent down to the Minors,Â where’s he’s guaranteed a chance to play everyday, andÂ build asÂ a Mets Starting Outfielder of the future?Â Â
Your thoughts…Â Â Â Â