Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mets injury woes go from bad to worse

The New York Mets were looking forward to a fresh start in 2010 after the injury problems that ruined last season for them. While the Mets managed to turn the page on the calendar, their injury problems came with them and things just went from bad to worse.

In January, center fielder Carlos Beltran had surgery on his knee, supposedly without the team's consent. Earlier this month, shortstop Jose Reyes, already trying to come back from his hamstring problems, got sidetracked by a thyroid problem that forced him to cease baseball activities for nearly two weeks. Now comes word that first baseman Daniel Murphy will start the season on the disabled list because of a knee sprain. Who will get hit by the injury bug next?

By the way, I would love for the unnamed Met who criticized the team for babying Reyes to come out of hiding so we could ask him where he got his medical degree.

The New York Yankees were pretty blessed last year with good health, aside from losing Alex Rodriguez for the first five weeks, after a 2008 season where they missed out on the playoffs when several key players went down, including Jorge Posada. Health is critical for any team with playoff aspirations and the Yankees proved that last year.

But the Mets have gotten hit pretty hard with injuries for the second year in a row and they haven't even broken camp. You have to figure the next injury is going to be a devastating blow, unless they can get Reyes and Beltran back before it happens.

If it wasn't for bad luck, the Mets would have none at all.

Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo

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