We have certainly seen what must be considered more than our share of injuries. While some on here rightly point out that the Metsâ€™ doctors and trainers must be well-regarded and well-respected in their fields to obtain positions with a major league baseball team, it just seems that the teamÂ suffers far too many injuries. Many of these injuries are apparently not being immediately diagnosed correctly, and this often not only worsens the injury, but lengthens the time the players miss.
Â Below are excerps from a recently posted article on The Star Ledgerâ€™s website, written by Brian Costa, who surely is in a better position to judge than we are. I think his comments speak quite loudly to this issue. And I also must point out that in spring training of 2008, weÂ had players all over the place who had nagging injuries or perhaps were not in the shape they could have been.
Â Is all of this bad luck? Perhaps, but the WBC cannot be blamed for spring 2008, and all of this certainly suggests that the Metsâ€™ staff is, at the very least, not taking injuries seriously enough. Mr. Costaâ€™s thoughts are well worth examining.
Â WASHINGTON — J.J. Putz was going to be fine after a couple days off. Pitching with a bone spur? No problem.
Jose Reyes would be fine after a few days of rest. Disabled list? Not a chance.
Carlos Delgado would play through his hip injury. After all, the injury couldn’t get any worse.
Again and again, the Mets have either seriously downplayed or grossly underestimated the extent of a player’s injury. And the result has been a more prolonged absence, either because the injury got worse or because the surgery needed to fix it was delayed.
Â By the time the Mets released a statement on Reyes Thursday (after saying they would not have an update on Reyes Thursday) saying he had a tear in his hamstring tendon, yet would resume rehabbing in 48 hours, it was hard not to be skeptical. This is, after all, the team that put Ryan Church on a cross-country flight after suffering a concussion last year.
Â â€¦. consider the cases of these four players:
Â Delgado: Injury was said to be soreness, then inflammation, then an impingement, then an impingement with a bone spur until, finally, it was a torn labrum, too. Either the injury was worse than the team initially thought or Delgado made it worse by trying to play through it and not going on the DL sooner — which would contradict what the team initially said, that he couldn’t make it any worse by playing.
Â Reyes: Explaining the decision not to put Reyes on the DL on May 22, Minaya said: “Based upon the medical information, it shouldn’t take two weeks. Why would we DL him two weeks?” Reyes went on the DL four days later with tendinitis in his right calf. On Wednesday, he left an extended spring game in pain, and an MRI revealed Thursday that Reyes had a small tear in his hamstring tendon. It is not clear whether he sustained the injury during the extended spring game, or if he had it earlier and it was simply not detected.
Â Putz: An MRI taken May 13 revealed inflammation and a bone spur — the same kind of injury, albeit in a different place, that ended John Maine’s season last year — but the Mets believed Putz could pitch through it. He did, but struggled considerably and caused the bone spur to break off into fragments in the back of his elbow. He said he felt “sharp pain” during a side session Wednesday, but was used in Thursday’s game before seeing doctors Friday.
Francisco Rodriguez: K-Rod might be healthy now, but it was stunning to watch what happened when he came down with severe back spasms May 23 at Boston. After speaking to reporters, Rodriguez had trouble standing up in front of his locker. He had been given a medical waist belt to wrap around his lower back, but there wasn’t a trainer in sight to help him put it on, so he had the team’s bullpen catcher, Dave Racaniello, do it. Yes, the bullpen catcher, asked to help the ailing $37 million closer. Then, moments later, K-Rod — still in visible and severe pain — was allowed to walk without any assistance from the clubhouse to a golf cart waiting outside. He never made it — not on his own, anyway — collapsing near a doorway before medical personnel took him out of Fenway on a stretcher.