Monday, March 12, 2012
Wright is one of several Mets, including outfielders Scott Hairston and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who have had rib cage/oblique issues this spring, leading the Mets to adjust some of their training routines.
“You better believe it’s troubling,” Collins said. “And we have no answers. They’re in a lot of camps. (Miami manager) Ozzie (Guillen) tells me they’ve got it in their camp... This didn’t happen 20 years ago.”
In response, Collins has ordered his players to put more effort into stretching exercises, make sure to stay hydrated and reduce the amount of swings taken during batting practice.
“I think it’s a combination of everything,” Collins said. “I think it’s a combination of dehydration. I think it’s a combination of they’re so strong. And I think it’s a combination that they work their butts off. I mean, the easiest thing is to go to Scottie (Hairston as an example). He swung too much the first day.”
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
"They can be extremely nagging," said Terry Collins. "They can take a long time. They can be short, but at this particular time we have to be very, very cautious, because I don't want to lose this guy for a month. If we have to lose him for a week to 10 days, that's a hell of a lot better than losing him for two months."
Even more ominously (for the individual if not the team), backup catcher Ronny Paulino is suffering from stomach and colon issues that might "keep him out for a while," Sandy Alderson said.
If Bay begins the year on the DL, 25-year-old Lucas Duda could make the team as the temporary left fielder. Duda has impressed the team this spring with his development, and the Mets think he can perform more consistently than last season, when he batted .202 in a 26-game callup. Still, with Beltran needing regular rest for his knees, the potential outfield or Duda, Angel Pagan and Willie Harris on some days will not be ideal.