Tuesday, August 09, 2011
One of Stark’s sources estimates that each day on the disabled list costs Reyes $500K.
However, there's no doubt that Reyes will see some substantial offers this winter.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Though setbacks have delayed their return to action, Angel Pagan, David Wright and Ike Davis will eventually be healthy enough to play.
In fact, Pagan is expected back in the lineup this Friday.
While last night’s game was a poor indicator, the Mets have actually played some good baseball without three of their regulars players. Some young guys have stepped up when needed, especially Justin Turner and Jason Pridie.
Pridie has shown enough to keep him on the roster. He can be a serviceable fourth outfielder, and can spot-start while Pagan readjusts to the big leagues.
When Pagan comes off the disabled list, most likely Nick Evans or Fernando Martinez will be the first to be sent to the minors. Evans has become a forgotten man on the bench, while F-Mart needs to play every day to keep improving for the future.
Probably sending down F-Mart would be the smartest option at this point. Evans is quickly losing value, so keeping him buried as insurance on the bench is better than taking playing time away from F-Mart.
Though this decision seems to be an easy one, what happens when Wright and Davis are ready to return?
Turner has established himself as a regular on this team, whether at second or third base. He’s not going anywhere once the regular corners return.
Daniel Murphy started off this season well with the bat and the glove, but he has cooled down significantly offensively. He needs to regain his stroke, so he can be a platoon partner with Turner once Davis returns.
Assuming he isn’t sent down when Pagan returns, Evans should be back down once Davis returns.
When Wright eventually comes off the disabled list—which may be longer than expected—Ruben Tejada will likely head back to Buffalo. If his offense can ever come around, he has the glove to be a regular.
However, sending down Tejada would eliminate the only other player on the roster who can play shortstop. Jose Reyes has been phenomenal, but what if he gets hurt? This would be something to consider in shaping the roster once everyone is healthy.
Meanwhile, Willie Harris and Scott Hairston are clogging up bench spots. The two combined have been a complete disappointment. Harris is on a minor league deal, which may work against him if the Mets are fed up with his performance.
So far, no team has really run away with the division, so if the Mets can stay afloat as their stars are healing, we could be in store for an exciting summer—assuming the Fred Wilpon refrains from any more comments directed at his own players.
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Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Shades of the 2009 Mets are already apparent here this season. Though that team was more talented on paper, it was ravaged by the injury bug which gave Jerry Manuel very little to work with on a day-to-day basis.
Well, it seems that injuries already have played a role this season.
Last year's breakout player, Angel Pagan, is on the disabled list, though he will hopefully return shortly.
The Mets were forced to put their top reliever, Rule 5 draftee Pedro Beato, on the disabled list due to elbow tendinitis. That's a tough blow for Beato, who was pitching some of the best baseball of his life.
Of course, the Mets are dealing with the absence of ace Johan Santana. Though there were good reports about his progress this week, he still has a long road ahead.
Injuries are part of the game, but the Mets seem to be cursed.
In 2006, one of the NL's best setup relievers, Duaner Sanchez, was injured in a car accident that caused him to miss the remainder of the season. Would Sanchez have made the same pitch that Aaron Heilman made on the home run to Yadier Molina in the NLCS? We'll never really know, but it would have been nice to at least put our best foot forward.
There have been few occasions over the last two seasons that the team has played completely at full strength. In a division including the Phillies, Braves and Marlins, a healthy team is the only way the Mets can compete.
The lineup is one thing, but just think if Santana was healthy.
He'd be the ace, while Mike Pelfrey would have less pressure on him as the No. 2. That would also push back R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese, with Chris Young and Chris Capuano providing rotation depth.
Pelfrey would still have to go out and compete even if Santana was there, but he probably would have benefited from Santana's calming presence.
Once Pagan comes back, the team will have the makings of a contender, assuming everyone performs to their potential. The Mets have dug themselves a hole early, but nothing that can't be overcome.
The days of seeing both Willie Harris and Scott Hairston in the same lineup should hopefully be over soon.Follow me on Twitter @JMMancari. Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Hernandez cleared waivers at the end of spring training after failing to make the 25-man roster and agreed to remain with the organization. He's expected to primarily play second base with Buffalo.
Martinez, 22, has averaged only 78 games a professional regular season because of assorted injuries.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Martinez feels notable discomfort in his knee, he told ESPN's Enrique Rojas.
"I feel a lot of pain in the knee, but I don't know if I'm done for winter ball," Martinez said.
The 22-year-old Martinez made his season debut with Escogido on Wednesday, going 1-for-3 with two RBIs. He had not been in a game of that caliber since getting shut down with Buffalo in August with knee discomfort.
While Martinez told Rojas he doesn't know if he is done for the winter-ball season, it is reasonable to expect the Mets organization will take the lead and make that decision for him.
Martinez's career has been slowed by assorted injuries since he received a $1.3 million signing bonus in 2005. He has appeared in 385 regular-season games between the majors and minors with the organization over the past five years -- an average of only 77 games a season.
In '07, he required surgery to address a broken hamate bone at the base of his right hand, but the injuries otherwise have been leg-related, primarily to his knee and hamstrings.
In 71 games this past season with Triple-A Buffalo, Martinez hit .253 with 12 homers and 33 RBIs in 257 at-bats.
Monday, October 25, 2010
|David Wright getting plunked Aug 15, 2009.|