Mets Need Injury Treatment Overhaul

There are several things the New York Mets must evaluate and re-evaluate this off-season, and at the top of the list is their handling of injuries, with the latest being Jon Niese cramping up on a hot and humid night.

Niese already missed time this season with a shoulder injury, and he’s just one in a long line. Matt Harvey is out for the year with a slight tear in his UCL; David Wright is on the DL with a hamstring; Jenrry Mejia had surgery to remove bone spurs; Ike Davis has a strained oblique and could be done for the season; Jeremy Hefner had a similar injury as Harvey; Zack Wheeler had a strained oblique in spring training; Bobby Parnell could require surgery in the offseason on his neck; Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda each when on the disabled list, then sentenced to the minor leagues.

NIESE: One of many Mets injured in 2013.

NIESE: One of many Mets injured in 2013.

No team goes unscathed during a season, but the appearance is perhaps the Mets have more than most.

Why?

The initial report is Niese cramped on a hot and humid night. Sounds plausible, but with a steady taking of salt tablets and water it could have been preventable. Blame? The trainers need to stay on top of things, but the player must also be diligent.

Maybe both parties were and this was a freaky thing. But, the Mets should monitor to find out. Records could be taken of water and salt intake, just for the preventative research.

Already we know the Mets forced the issues with Harvey, Wright and Mejia, and that must stop. All arm injuries need to be addressed immediately, and with a MRI, because the Mets proved this is a major mishandling.

Hamstring and oblique tightness, as in the cases of Wright and Davis, need to come with immediate days off and treatment. For Wright to play an extra week before his popped is inexcusable, and player, training staff, manager and management must have some culpability.

Do better records need to be kept? Is the initial handling and treatment done correctly? Do the players withhold too much information for fear of losing their job? Are the rest periods too short? Should time on the disabled list be longer?

Do the players lift weights too much, and is there always a monitor for them? In weight lifting, is the weight lifted and repetitions recorded and tracked? Should their lifting be decreased later in the season? Do the players know that just showing up and lifting isn’t the proper procedure?

Are they too tight from the lifting? Should there be more stretching, even yoga, implemented in their routine? There have been cases where football teams have their players train in ballet to loosen the muscles … hey, you never know, is this something that could work?

Whatever the case, part of reaching the next level and taking care of business is staying healthy. This is an area where the Mets promised a new culture, and it is vital it be done.

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8 thoughts on “Mets Need Injury Treatment Overhaul

  1. That’s not really that many injuries all things considered…it just stands out as significant b/c Wright and Harvey, by far the two best players on the team are out. But.look at the Yankees this year. Or the Braves, they’ve had Gattis, Heyward (2x), McCann, Janish, Hudson, Maholm, Beachy, Upton, Laird, O’Flaherty, and Venters among others on the DL this year, many with significant injuries.

    The only of those Mets injuries that appears to be “mismanaged” IMO was the Wright injury. Clearly he was hobbling around for a few days and there was a risk of him hurting himself further…which he did. But even then sitting him for a couple days doesn’t necessarily prevent a future problem.

    With Hefner and Harvey…you can’t MRI a pitcher every time they are a little sore. You do that and you’d be MRIing every pitcher every day. And there is a good chance some level of “damage” would show up on the MRI of many of those pitchers. And in many of those cases where there is a legit problem it’s not like “finding” it early would fully prevent further progression or the need for surgery. With Mejia they already knew what the injury was….it wasn’t any major structural thing and he could pitch with it. He would have needed surgery regardless so pitching didn’t cause any major problems. And him pitching this year is the only reason he is now considered a great option for the rotation next year. If he sat out another season he’d just be an afterthought going into 2014.

  2. “Alderson said it’s “like pulling teeth” to get Tejada to do extra work, such as early batting practice, without a coaching insisting.

    “We need to see a commitment to improvement,” Alderson said. ”

    This is from FAN. This does not look good for Ruben. I guess we will be hunting for a new ss soon.

  3. I wonder what causes the obliques. I would think unbalanced training.

    That would be your trainers.

    What does a trainer do anyway? What is their training?