Another year, another injury to Fernando Martinez.
Martinez is on the minor league disabled list again, this time with an injury to his right leg, which could prevent him from returning to the major leagues when the rosters expand Sept. 1.
With these constant injuries, Martinez has failed to distinguish himself on a consistent enough basis to warrant full-time. Consequently, his trade value is slowly diminishing. And, with the outfield full for next year – Angel Pagan, Carlos Beltran and Jason Bay – the Mets will likely do what they’ve usually done with young prospects and that’s to keep him in the minor leagues to get consistent at-bars.
The Mets need to think long and hard about Martinez, the progress he’s made and his injury history and wonder if it’s worth it hold on to him for another year until Beltran’s contract expires or see what they an get for him now.
The Mets are getting diminishing returns from Martinez, and there will come a time that if he hasn’t made it he will have little or no trade value.
The clock is about to start for Carlos Beltran, who has been running the bases in extended spring training games. The next step is minor league rehab games, and GM Omar Minaya said today that will be Thursday in Port St. Lucie.
Once the rehab games begin Beltran has a 20-day window to return to the Mets. That would be after the All-Star break. If the window expires and Beltran isn’t ready, the Mets would need his permission to stay in the minors.
As of now, both Beltran and the Mets see the player as a center fielder, which would mean a platoon role for Angel Pagan.
The club also announced John Maine will seek a second opinion on his shoulder. Based on his contractual status the Mets don’t need Maine’s permission to go to the minor leagues.
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MAINE: Thrown under the bus.
Two items occurred that I haven’t had the opportunity to comment on: John Maine and Jenrry Mejia.
The one on Maine is especially disturbing because it shows and ugly side of Jerry Manuel. His comment about pitching Maine “on the off days,’’ was for a cheap laugh, which he got. But, how he threw Maine under the bus like that has to send a message to other players when dealing with their injuries.
Maybe Maine is done with the Mets, but he’s still here and working hard to get back. He deserves his manager’s respect.
If I’m a player and working hard to get back, I don’t like the manager taking a cheap shot at me for his benefit.