The one word you will always hear when it comes to conversations about the New York Mets is “injuries.” With MLB players on this team spending over 1,100 days on the DL this season, it becomes very clear why. This year has been among the worst handled between the Noah Syndergaard lat situation in April to the return of Yoenis Cespedes before he was even able to run the bases well in June.
In the past, the Mets have tried to just cover up the injuries and forced some players to stay on the active roster. Everybody was essentially day-to-day in their eyes.
After receiving backlash for this, the Mets decided not to release anything about injuries and instead went with the NHL method of giving mundane responses for injuries. For example, Steven Matz‘s ulnar nerve injury that forced him to have surgery was just a sore arm according to Terry Collins.
The Mets decided to change course again and instead moved to a very transparent approach of reporting injuries. They started to send out emails every couple of days to give the latest updates on injuries. It sounds like the Mets could not mess that up, right?
Well, they found a way to mess that up too. In the way they have set it up, major injuries are just being jumbled in with the minor ones. Wilmer Flores being announced out for the season was put next to Amed Rosario‘s finger still being sore. Also, David Wright and Michael Conforto were just grouped together in one of the emails about both receiving surgery without any previous indication.
In fairness to the Mets, they seem to be at least trying to improve in this regard. They are incorporating different techniques to calm the fan base that is getting sick and tired of finding out new ways the Mets mishandled a player.
Once again, this isn’t enough. They need to get better at releasing the information from the get-go. The problem is the lack of communication here as the Mets front office continues to only let the press know as much as they want them to know.
Telling the whole world that a player is getting surgery after the decision has been made doesn’t help make the fans feel comfortable. Instead, the Mets need to give a more step-by-step update about these decisions. That way, there is no confusion about how injuries are being handled. The fans would certainly appreciate knowing what is going on in regards to injuries so they can figure out for themselves why a player isn’t placed on the disabled list and/or getting surgery.
Now, there is an issue about confidentiality of medical records for the players in the organization. That doesn’t mean hiding a player’s injury until they receive surgery, which is something that needs to become better understood by the front office.
The more this organization continues to give after-the-fact updates, the angrier the fan base becomes – rightfully so. While they are trying to find a better approach to releasing this information, they need to keep looking because this method just isn’t going to cut it.