The outbreak of injuries at Mets Spring Training camp has become quite alarming. Terry Collins is very concerned as he bemoaned the number of players he’s had to scratch off his lineup cards of late.
“You better believe it’s troubling,” Collins said. “And we have no answers.”
Collins is taking immediate action and has mandated that the players cut down the number of swings they take in batting practice each day in an attempt to reduce strain on their core muscles.
Collins has also urged his players to take their morning stretching more seriously, and is looking into the effects of coffee and energy drinks on their hydration.
“I think it’s a combination of everything. This didn’t happen 20 years ago. I never knew anybody who had an oblique issue 20 years ago.”
Here is a current updated list of Mets who are dealing with injuries or ailments:
RHP Pedro Beato: Suffering from right shoulder inflammation, but there may be a chance can return on Wednesday in Lakeland against the Tigers. Still, he has yet to return to a mound.
LHP Tim Byrdak: Suffering from a sore left knee and is en-route to New York for treatment and a more intensive examination. He is the lone key lefty in the bullpen and the Mets can ill afford to lose him.
1B Ike Davis: Diagnosed with Valley Fever, but not showing any ill effects from it yet. Davis said the issue could take a year to get out of his system.
RF Lucas Duda: Duda has now been out for four days since he was sidelined because of back stiffness.
OF Scott Hairston: Already has had three cortisone shots since arriving to camp, but still no improvement. He strained the same oblique that landed him on the DL at the end of last season, and could open the season on the DL.
2B Reese Havens: He can’t stay healthy, and continues to be hampered by back issues and has been idle for most of camp.
RHP Jenrry Mejia: Mejia is still trying to come back from Tommy John surgery and won’t be ready to pitch in minor league games until May at the earliest.
CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: Added to injury list on Sunday with a right oblique strain.
3B David Wright: Has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game because of a left rib-cage issue. On his way to New York for more advanced testing and a cortisone shot.