Help Wanted – Experienced and licensed health-care professionals needed to resuscitate an organization that is in now on life support.
After yesterday’s bombshell that Jose Reyes had been re-examined and lo and behold a new injury was discovered, Mets fans are justifiably worried. Reyes it seems, has a torn tendon in his hamstring, but I question whether this is really a new injury as is being reported, or if it’s just another case of the Mets being the Mets.
Here is the blow by blow on Jose Reyes…
May 13 – Jose Reyes doubles three times and walks against the Braves. The third double just missed being a homer. The media blasts Reyes’ for going into a homerun trot and winding up with a double instead of a triple.
May 14 – Jose Reyes is scratched from the lineup without any explanation and Alex Cora replaces him. He reportedly is just getting the day off. Bad timing for a day off or something more? The media says Reyes was being benched for not hustling in yesterday’s 3-hit game.
May 15 – Jose Reyes sits for the second straight game and Manuel tells reporters he is being cautious with Reyes who has a tight right calf. (No MRI yet)
May 16 – Jose Reyes is not in the lineup for third straight game against the Giants. Nobody believes Reyes is injured and believe he’s in Manuel’s doghouse. (Still no MRI despite Reyes visibly limping around on the bench)
May 17 – Manuel reports that Jose Reyes will return to the Mets’ lineup Monday, after he met with a doctor and was diagnosed with mild tendinitis in his right calf, near the knee.
May 18 – Monday comes and goes and still no Reyes. This is the fifth consecutive game Reyes has missed, Mets say Reyes will play on Tuesday.
May 19 – Jose Reyes undergoes a second exam by doctors which now revealed a new injury. Reyes now has swelling in both his right knee and calf, but the Mets say he will be in the lineup.
May 20 – Jose Reyes leaves Wednesday’s game after aggravating his right calf injury.
May 21 – Jose Reyes goes to New York for a third examination on his injured right calf and say he is day-to-day and will avoid the DL.
May 22 – Jose Reyes tells reporters his right calf now feels even worse than it did a week ago. Mets still say he is day to day.
May 23 – Reyes still out and with Cora now out, Ramon Martinez commits two errors in his first start at shortstop for the Mets.
May 24 – Reyes is seen taking grounders at shortstop before the game and the Mets say he is close to returning. Later that night, Reyes tells reporters, “there’s no chance I will be ready to play.”
May 26 – The Mets place Jose Reyes on the disabled list and say he will be activated as soon as he is eligible to return.
June 1 – Mets send Jose Reyes to Port St. Lucie to workout so he can play in a minor league game before being activated.
June 3 – Jose Reyes was forced to leave an extended spring training game after experiencing discomfort in his right calf. He is sent back to New York so he can have a fourth examination.
June 4 – Jose Reyes is diagnosed with a torn hamstring. The announcement is made after the Mets get swept by the Pirates.
There is no joy in Mudville.
The Curious Case Of J.J. Putz
Putz first complained about the pain in his elbow two weeks ago, the Mets used him for two games regardless before finally shelving him and giving him a cortisone shot. Two days after that he was back on the mound again.
On June 3rd, J.J. Putz tells Jerry Manuel that his “elbow is not right” according to WFAN.
The very next day he is put into the game and gives up two runs. The Mets lose the game and get swept by the Pirates.
Afterward in the clubhouse, J.J. Putz exclaims ”My elbow hurts like hell!”
J.J. Putz is finally sent to New York for a re-examination of his right elbow.
Hold your breaths…