May 17

Wright, Mets messed up injury.

Yes, David Wright’s desire to stay in the lineup and play is an admirable quality, but it isn’t a testament to common sense. And, it didn’t do any good as Wright will be placed on the disabled list tomorrow.

WRIGHT: Should have taken MRI weeks ago.

Wright sustained a stress fracture in his lower back in an April 19 game against Houston, and nearly a month later the severity of the injury was revealed. In discussing the injury yesterday, Wright admitted the Mets wanted him to have a MRI on his back, but put it off.

Although still in discomfort, Wright said he eschewed the MRI because he was feeling better. Not completely better, but enough to where he could still play.

That wasn’t sound thinking on Wright’s part, and not a good play by the Mets, either.

Wright must know his value to the Mets, and there’s nothing to be gained by putting off the exam. Although the injury isn’t deemed serious, we didn’t know that at the time and it is possible Wright exposed himself to further injury. From the Mets’ perspective, why didn’t they just order the MRI and insist Wright be examined?

Why didn’t Terry Collins just refuse to pen him into the lineup until the MRI?

Both parties should have been smarter in the handling of this situation. The Mets have long been criticized in their handling of injuries, and shouldn’t have let Wright call the shots here. And, Wright, as much as he wanted to play, needed to take care better care of himself.

 

Sep 11

Upon further review ….

Maybe it is me, or am I piling on when it comes to Johan Santana’s shoulder injury which will require season-ending surgery?

SANTANA: Gone for how long?

After Santana was injured August 2, I would have expected him to have a MRI immediately and not wait a week before he tested it and found out the extent of the injury. Considering he’s the Mets’ most valuable pitching commodity, and how the team has handled injuries in the past, the MRI should have been performed matter-of-factly.

Sure, Santana said he was fine, but Ryan Church said he was fine, John Maine said he was fine, Jose Reyes said he was fine. Players will always say they are fine. That’s part of their competitive DNA, but where did Santana go to medical school?

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Aug 16

What do you know, it can get worse.

Today I posted some of the silver threads in the dark cloud that has become the Mets’ season. It got even worse today with the news Francisco Rodriguez has a torn ligament in his right thumb, sustained, of course, in the altercation the other night.

Rodriguez underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery  and surgery has been recommended.

Rodriguez has a $17.5 million option for 2012 which automatically vests if he finishes 55 games in 2011 AND he finishes 100 games between 2010 and 2011. That might not happen now.

More to the point, the Mets might find cause to terminate his contract based on Rodriguez’s actions making him unavailable to pitch. Don’t think for a moment the Mets aren’t examining that possibility. They’d love to unload his contract and this could be the opportunity.

Jun 09

Maine on the road back

John Maine will get another chance to join the Mets’ rotation, but one has to wonder if that would be the case if Hisanori Takahashi hadn’t spit the bit his last two starts.

MAINE: Feeling better

After two strong starts, the last two have found Takahashi being mauled. In his last start against the Marlins, Takahashi hit a wall around the fifth. Even in his two strong starts, he struggled to get through six.

The Mets think he’s better out of the bullpen.

“We like Takahashi as a pitcher,’’ manager Jerry Manuel said. “We think we have lost something in the bullpen when he’s a starter, so that’s a scenario that could work if and when John Maine is healthy and we feel he’s ready to be part of the rotation.’’

Maine threw a simulated game last night, and if he’s pain free today will make a minor league rehab start. Then it’s back into the rotation.

It didn’t look like that would be the case last month when Manuel yanked him at Washington after throwing only five pitches. The two got into it in the dugout and Manuel pulled Maine from the rotation, insisting something was wrong. An MRI then revealed shoulder tendinitis.

Jun 06

Perez’s MRI evaluated by MLB

Eyes had to be raised when after Oliver Perez, who so vehemently refused a demotion to the minor leagues, suddenly came up lame with patella tendinitis after a MRI the day before the Mets activated Jon Niese from the disabled list.

PEREZ: In better times.

Major League Baseball reviewed the MRI because, shall we say, of the convenient timing of all this for the Mets.

Manager Jerry Manuel said Perez complained of knee pain Friday when he arrived at Citi Field, then had a MRI than revealed the tendinitis.

“He says he’s not able to pitch the way it is right now,’’ assistant general manager John Ricco said. “When a player tells you he’s injured and a doctor confirms that, from where I sit, that’s what the DL is for.’’

Maybe it is convenient, but the truth is Perez had surgery on the same knee in the offseason and this spring has had nothing on his fastball. To say it’s coincidental would be true; to say there is a link would also be true.

“I thought that with the velocity not ever getting to what I saw in 2008, that always concerns me to some degree,’’ Manuel said.  “But the athlete tells you that he’s fine, he’s fine, doesn’t feel anything, you have to give him the benefit of the doubt.’’

Perez will rehab his knee at Port St. Lucie, but the team does not have a timetable for when he’ll throw again.

Perez is 0-3 with a 6.28 ERA in 11 appearances, seven of them starts, and has allowed 76 base runners in 38 2/3 innings.