When it comes to injuries, will the New York Mets ever learn? Zack Wheeler has been shut down for the season after complaining of shoulder stiffness last weekend in Philadelphia.
However, Wheeler was examined only by an on-call doctor at the park in Philly, and as of now hasn’t been examined by Mets’ doctors. So far, no MRI.
Usually, teams give their players physicals after the season, along with conditioning and rehab programs. Hopefully, Wheeler will get a full exam, including a MRI.
Personally, I believe all pitchers should receive a MRI after each season just to check the wear-and-tear on the arm.
Who knows if such a step were taken that the Mets might have known about Jeremy Hefner, who had Tommy John surgery.
The Mets were careless with Harvey, and the pitcher didn’t help himself by pitching with discomfort. They were also reckless with Jenrry Mejia, and let him pitch with bone spurs, even though they had him scheduled for surgery in the offseason.
I certainly hope Wheeler was paying attention this summer.
The Mets’ medical practices have long been criticized, and rightfully so. When Sandy Alderson was hired CEO Jeff Wilpon said there would be a new culture, and that included a change in the handling of injured players.
The route from when the injury occurred to how it was initially handled – first by the trainers and then the medical staff – and rehab after surgery would all be examined.
It has mostly been the same old story.
Now, after Harvey, we learn Wheeler’s sore shoulder was examined not by a Mets’ doctor, but an on-call physician at the park in Philadelphia.
And, instead of going back to New York for a MRI, he was allowed to dress up as a bride in the team’s annual rookie hazing.
Memo to Wheeler: You’re in the major leagues and have a sore shoulder. The honeymoon is over.
If the Mets won’t do it for you, then get your own MRI. It’s your future. Take care of it.
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