Torn MCL Wipes Out Season For Daniel Murphy

An article by posted on August 8, 2011

“All he was saying was, ‘Get me off the field,’” manager Terry Collins said. “That’s all he kept saying was, ‘Get me off the field. Get me off the field.’”

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Daniel Murphy has suffered a grade 2 tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee, and will miss the remainder of the season.

Rubin speculates that Murphy will not require surgery, but that four months of rehabilitation would be the plan for now.

What a shame, in one game the Mets lost two of the top five batting leaders in the NL.

 

In addition, Jose Reyes suffered a mild pull of his left hamstring according to Sandy Alderson. Reyes also underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery last night, and while the injury does not appear to be severe, it is not yet clear as to when he might be ready to play.

To replace Murphy, infielder Ruben Tejada has been called up from Triple-A Buffalo.  Alderson said a decision regarding Reyes, who missed three weeks with a similar injury in July, would be made after receiving results of the MRI.

MY TAKE:

Sad news about Murphy.  Apparently Terry Collins said Murphy was saying “get me off the field” after getting spiked at second base by the Braves’ Jose Constanza.  Murphy has been a pleasant surprise in the Mets lineup, hitting .320 on the season.

As far as Reyes is concerned, as much as the guy is the spark that starts the Mets offense and is arguably the most exciting player in the majors, he cannot be given a long-term contract for upwards of $120 million this offseason.  His legs cannot be counted on to stay healthy.  If I’m the Mets, I offer four years maximum, because to commit five, six, seven years to someone who relies as much on his legs as Reyes does, could be crippling for the franchise.

Opinion from Joe D.

Two tough breaks anyway you look at them. Regarding Reyes, if the first stint on the DL didn’t scare off any teams ready to offer him “Carl Crawford Money”, this next injury time-out will. As for Murphy, last week I wrote a post entitled: Does A Good Bat Make Up For Bad Defense? In it I said,

“The problem with Murphy is that he lacks the instincts you look for from a position player. He’s not bobbling the ball or failing to get to the ball, he simply doesn’t know what to do with the ball once he has it.”

A second baseman with better instincts, may have found a way to avoid what happened in that second base collision. This is now the second time in two seasons, that Daniel Murphy has gotten injured in the field while playing second base.

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