The Hole Gets Deeper for New York Mets; Injuries Mounting
Added by Eddie Utley on April 25, 2012.
Injuries beginning to mount? Mike Pelfrey has now joined Jason Bay on the DL.
The New York Mets seem to be stuck in a hole they can’t dig themselves out of. This is mostly due to three injuries in the past 48 hours and players who aren’t living up to their potential.
Starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey’s latest injury may be the biggest blow to the Mets. It looks like he’s headed for Tommy John surgery. Adam Rubin is reporting that Pelfrey has a partial UCL tear, but the Mets have thusfar been denying any actual evidence of a tear. Partial or full tear, the big man may be done for the year. Pelfrey said he threw long toss after the game in which he had discomfort and felt fine. However, if the injury does exist, once you turn it up in a game, it may rip. He said he was feeling the pain when not throwing. This is not good at all if he’s down for any length of time, especially with him looking like he figured out the problems with his sinker.
The Mets will lose 200 innings which is big, whether good or bad innings. 200 is 200 when you have a staff of pitchers who can’t make it that far.
Jason Bay…does anyone care he’s on the DL? He made a diving play and missed, landed badly, and fractured a rib. If Andres Torres does come back from injury on Monday, then maybe Torres and Kirk Nieuwenhuis can keep Bay on the bench and force him to earn his spot back. It’s not like the Mets want Bay’s option to vest at 500 plate appearances anyway. Another good thing to come from this is that Jordany Valdespin has been called up and he’s been taking fly balls in left field too.
Ronny Cedeno is a player I thought was a waste of a contract. He can field, but the Mets need more offense. When Omar Minaya was running the ship you got guys who could play defense and also hit like Damion Easley, Marlon Anderson, etc. This is one of the major issues I have with this new Mets leadership; even if you don’t spend money, there are guys you can get to help in all areas.
Lucas Duda and Ike Davis aren’t hitting. Davis is slumping and he gets moved in the lineup but Bay was worse and he wasn’t moved. Manger Terry Collins needs to be consistent. Duda is starting to hit again, but Daviswas even removed for a pinch hitter yesterday. They need to get him staying back like he used to and maybe add a timing mechanism or something. He looks so out of sync with the steady diet of fastballs.
The injuries have given Lutz, Carson and Valdespin a chance at some playing time. They won’t be here long, Carson will be gone as soon as Pelfrey’s turn in the rotation comes back around. Lutz will be gone when Torres is back but at least they get a chance to see if they can play with the big boys. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lutz gets a start or two so Daviscan get a mental break.
It was going to be hard for the Mets to compete but the way they look now, it looks like a looooooooooooong season ahead.