MLB.com is reporting that the Mets top prospect Fernando Martinez is suffering from a sore elbow and is on his way to New York for a checkup. Martinez said of the injury:
“I felt my elbow tighten up the day before yesterday,” Martinez told MLB.com. “It was a little swollen. It’s better. I feel I can play again. I don’t think I need to fly to New York to get a check up but the Mets want me to.”
On Tuesday F-Mart hit a two-run home run against the Puerto Rico team that won the game for the Tigres de Licey.
This is not the first injury scare for the 20 year old Martinez. F-Mart missed half of the 2007 minor league season with a contusion. In 2008 he injured his hamstring twice during the season.
This injury does not sound serious but it does worry me. F-Mart is only 20 years old but keeps on getting injured. The Mets have turned down a lot of good trade offers over the years for the young outfielder on the idea that when he is seasoned and ready to join the show he will be a dominant player. Early last season there was talk of F-Mart being a September call-up but due to the injuries he sustained his development was pushed back.
F-Mart when healthy has the potential to be a perennial all-star. The Mets have banked on F-Mart to be the future of this team for years to come. Loyal readers of Mets Merized Online I ask you do you think that F-Mart will stay healthy enough to live up to his potential or is he a younger version of Moises Alou?