You Play With Fire And You Get Burned

An article by posted on July 10, 2010

Jose Reyes was removed from todays game in the the top of the seventh inning after he re-aggravated his oblique injury while fielding a Troy Glaus grounder and throwing it to first base.

Following the play, Reyes was visibly in pain and was limping around the infield before being removed and replaced by Ruben Tejada by manager Jerry Manuel.

Reyes first suffered the injury on June 30 against the Marlins and after missing a few games, he convinced the Mets that he could withstand the pain as long as he batted strictly from the right side.

In other words, the Mets rolled the dice and took a chance that their star shortstop, who had already missed nearly an entire season with a different injury, would be able to play with pain in one half of his body.

The worst thing you could ever do is ask a player to compete at a high level while nursing a muscular injury. It’s a recipe for disaster. The player ultimately contorts his body to favor the painful area and it frequently results in making the injury worse or it can lead to another injury.

With the All Star break only three days away, the Mets could have used that time to rest their prized shortstop for the Braves series, banned him from competing in the All Star game, and start the second half with a 100% healthy Reyes. But unfortunately, they decided to play Reyes at less than 100% and now we all wait for the results of a new MRI which will probably be ordered in the next 24 hours. Just great…

I thought we were past all the bumbling medical decisions and that we were going to get it right this season, but I guess I was wrong.

Stay tuned for more details.

Update 8:35 PM

The Mets have just informed the league that Jose Reyes is out of the All-Star Game.

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