Thursday, March 11, 2010

Things go from bad to worse for Mets, Reyes

As if things couldn't get worse for the New York Mets, now comes word that shortstop Jose Reyes will be out anywhere from two to eight weeks because of an overactive thyroid. A day after Reyes publicly proclaimed he didn't have a thyroid problem, mere hours after the Mets released a statement saying he did, comes news that he has a serious condition that's worse than doctors initially thought. His condition will prevent him engaging in strenuous physical activity, including baseball-related exercise, a real problem for a guy trying to come back from hamstring injuries.

This is the second time in several months that the Mets have been at odds with one of their players over a medical condition, following Carlos Beltran's decision to have knee surgery before the team formally gave the OK. Reyes apparently was frustrated with Omar Minaya & Co. for jumping the gun on his injury report to the media. You would think that the Mets learned from the Beltran situation and would have made sure they and their player and his people were all on the same page, but apparently some lessons go unlearned.

Aside from Reyes getting healthy again, the big concern for the Mets is figuring out who will play short in the meantime and anchor their lineup. In a widely criticized move, the Mets were planning to have Reyes hit third until Beltran returns. With both Reyes and Beltran out, the Mets lineup is completely exposed, with Jason Bay the only solid run producer. Boy, I wonder how much Bay is rethinking and perhaps regretting his decision to sign with the Mets. He should have known that for a team as dysfunctional as the Mets, things always go from bad to worse.

Thanks to alpineinc via Wikipedia for the photo.

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