Who Are These Doctors Anyway?

You know, I can accept the fact that the injury bug has bitten our Mets hard this season, and that freak accidents have hurt, as has being beaned in the head by opposing pitchers.  We’ve learned to accept that we have average to below-average replacements and that the season was basically over before the all-star break.  Now we’re biding our time and waiting until next year, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bored out of my mind by these guys (not including last night’s barrage on the Braves). 

But here’s something I just can’t get past.  The disabled list itself, and the fact that our core that have landed on there (Beltran, Reyes, Delgado, Putz, Maine) and are probably all done for the season.  Here is the list of who went on the DL when, and why…

 David Wright 3B Aug 16 15-day Post-concussion symptoms
 Álex Cora SS/2B Aug 13 15-day Thumb ligament surgery – out for season
 Jonathon Niese SP Aug 6 60-day Torn right hamstring – out for season
 Fernando Nieve SP Jul 20 15-day Torn right quadriceps – out 6-8 weeks
 Fernando Martinez LF/CF Jul 9 15-day Right knee inflammation
 Carlos Beltrán CF Jun 22 15-day Bone bruise, right knee
 John Maine SP Jun 7 15-day Right shoulder fatigue
 J.J. Putz RP Jun 5 60-day Right elbow surgery – out 8-10 weeks
 Ramón Martínez SS/2B Jun 3 60-day Fractured left pinkie finger
 José Reyes SS May 21 15-day Right calf tendinitis
 Carlos Delgado 1B May 11 60-day Right hip impingement
 Billy Wagner RP Mar 27 60-day Left elbow surgery – out for season 

The 60-day DL sometimes means longer, but how is it that Reyes, Maine and Beltran are all on the 15-day DL?  So far, Reyes has been on there for 90 days, Maine 73 days, and Beltran 58 days.  We’re not talking broken bones here.  We’re talking tendonitis, shoulder fatigue and a bone bruise, respectively.  I’m not a doctor, but apparently neither are the guys in charge of the Mets’ infirmary either.  I think there is a real problem in this organization, whether that’s on the diagnosis end or in the weight room or something.  But there is a problem here for sure.