Carlos Beltran Not Trusting Mets Medical Team, Smart Guy…

An article by posted on June 25, 2009
We’ve said it time and time again here on this site, but I wouldn’t trust the Mets’ medical team. with a hangnail.

After all the wrong diagnoses and misrepresentations and errant treatments, Carlos Beltran has seen enough bad medicine to let him seek a second opinion with an outside doctor.

According to Jon Heyman, Beltran may get second opinion from and outside doctor for his ailing knee.

Beltran who was placed on the 15-day DL, could be out a while according ton his source.

The Mets gave their standard issue reply and as was the case with Jose Reyes and countless others in the last three seasons, they issued a statement:

“We are placing him on the DL so that he can get some rest and we fully expect him to be back when he is eligible to come off the disabled list”

When Carlos Delgado and J.J. Putz complained of soreness, the Mets answer was just give them a cortisone shot and get them back in the field in two days. No MRI’s, no doctor’s exam, no explanation as to what the source of the pain was. Just cover up the pain and get them back out their. Weeks later both Delgado and Putz underwent surgery to correct two bones spurs, a torn labrum, a hip impingement and removing fragmented bone.

After complaining of a sore hamstring, Reyes was also treated with a cortisone shot and some rest. Five days later he was on the field and while running to first base, the sore hamstring became a torn hamstring. Two weeks later the Mets had him play in his first rehab game. The result… a second injury which they immediately jumped up and down and screamed it was new. New yes, but no doubt caused because Jose was favoring his previously injured leg.

There’s a long list of players who were classified as day to day that never even came back from their day to day injuries. Those players include Matt Wise who was acquired prior to the 2008 season, pitched one game, was classified as day to day, and we never saw him again. But there were plenty of others including big names like Moises Alou and Pedro Martinez.

Can anyone blame Carlos Beltran after he witnessed all these missteps on the part of the Mets trainers and medical team?

And what if he is diagnosed with something other than a minor bone bruise as the Mets have called it. Should Beltran let the Mets medical team that misdiagnosed him, treat him after he paid his own money to seek an second opinion that led to a more serious and accurate diagnosis?

You would think that the Mets would change their bad habits, but instead they keep doing the same thing. Just before the Pirates series in Pittsburgh, the Mets were going to send Gary Sheffield for an exam for his knee and leg pain. He had told Jerry Manuel that he was having significant pain a day earlier. Two days later he was back on the field as the Mets headed to Washington to play the Nationals.

After continuing to play in pain, Manuel announced that Sheffield will only play four times a week from hereon out and receive the bulk of designated hitter duties in inter league play as the took on the Phillies at Citi Field. After missing a couple of more games, Sheffield played DH against the Yankees and homered in the first game, but the news after the game was that Sheffield would have an MRI after the Yankees series.

Two days later the Mets head to Baltimore and the MRI was canceled. After an exam by team doctors that Monday, Sheffield’s knee was deemed structurally sound.

Six days ago, Sheffield played in his last game and hasn’t been in the lineup since.

Yesterday, a full month later since he first complained of pain, Sheffield finally got the MRI which revealed swelling and inflammation. He was given a cortisone shot and there’s still a chance he may go on the DL according to a report in the NY Post.

After several Mets exams, a canceled MRI appointment, and a month of pain, Sheffield finally gets some treatment, but is it the correct treatment?

Only time will tell.

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