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Hey, more injury news. That almost never happens with the Mets...

by Jim McNierney

Along with all other Met fans, I’ve watched with interest and hope our beloved team struggle through the first third of this 2011 campaign.

There, of course, were aspects of the experience that were enjoyable. It was great watching Chris Young embark on a heartening comeback. Jose Reyes was again playing with exuberance and was establishing what could very well become a career year. Once Carlos Beltran came off the DL he was showing signs of being the “old” Carlos. The Mets broke a horrid losing streak in mid April and started playing great baseball once Jason Bay came off the DL and joined the club.

Despite being in last place at the beginning of May, there seemed to be reasons for hope.

Then, an all too familiar pattern began to emerge. Angel Pagan was placed on the DL in the end of April with a strained left oblique. Chris Young, the starter that was performing with the most consistency went out on the DL and is facing season-ending shoulder surgery. Ike Davis, one of the few bright spots on the offensive (and defensive) sides of the coin, went out on the DL with ankle injuries. Pedro Beato went on the 15 day DL on May 4th. It’s been revealed that David Wright is playing in pain,

The injury related bad news wasn’t just relegated to the main club with the news that the highly touted pitching prospect Jenrry Mejia is also looking at ending his season with Tommy John surgery.

What is it with the professional baseball organization that leads to what seems to be an inordinately high injury casualty list… year after year after year.

I don’t know what they are paying their medical and training staff but, whatever it is, I think they would be at least as equally well served by spreading crystals around the locker room and burning incense.


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