Posted on: June 3, 2011 11:12 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 11:20 pm
NEW YORK -- At least Sandy Alderson still has a sense of humor.
It's gallows humor, yes. But these are the Mets.
"Maybe we'll have David [Wright] back for [Johan] Santana's first start," the Mets general manager said at the end of another typical Mets Friday night.
Alderson had just announced that Wright, despite no more tests, will now be held out of all baseball activities -- "essentially inactive," he said -- for another three weeks.
That means that Wright, who has already missed 2 1/2 weeks with a stress fracture in his back (which the Mets originally hoped would cost him only two weeks) will now be lucky to be back by the All-Star break. The Mets would like to think that Santana, recovering from shoulder surgery, will join them sometime in late July.
Alderson admitted he was surprised by the setback for Wright, given the lack of any new tests and given that Wright is, as he said, "asymptomatic."
"We had hoped he'd be cleared for baseball activity," Alderson said. "But this is something that needs time to heal."
Even the three-week timetable is no guarantee for Wright, as Alderson said doctors plan another X-ray of his back at that point. Even when Wright is cleared for baseball activity, he'll need time to get ready to play in major-league games, since by then he'll have missed more than a month.
It was more bad news at the end of another bad day for the Mets, who for the third time in four days turned a late-inning lead into a loss, this time 6-3 to the Braves. Making it even worse, Francisco Rodriguez gave up the three ninth-inning runs, giving him 22 games finished (with 33 more to go to trigger a $17.5 million option that the Mets can't afford).
Also Friday, injured first baseman Ike Davis said he has no idea when he'll be able to return.
And shortstop Jose Reyes committed an error on a routine play in the eighth inning, allowing the tying run to score.
Just another day for the Mets.
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:26 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2011 6:51 pm
NEW YORK -- The owner ripped his players. Then the owner said he was "bleeding cash."
Oh, and then the owner announced that he'd found someone to buy part of the team, someone who would give him some much-needed cash (but not enough cash to make all that much of a difference). And another player got hurt.
You could say it was a crazy week for the Mets, but when they showed up for work Friday, it felt like just another day, just another week.
And maybe that's exactly what makes the Mets what they are. The craziness has become so common that it doesn't even feel like craziness anymore.
The bad news has been so expected that a bit of good news becomes something to joke about.
"We finally got a good report," general manager Sandy Alderson said about pitcher R.A. Dickey. "We must have changed doctors."
The good report? It was that Dickey only has a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his right foot. It was that Dickey may not miss a start (although maybe he will).
"I was expecting something more dire," Alderson said.
Oh, and in the meantime, David Wright and Ike Davis are still on the disabled list, with no return date certain. And in the meantime, the Mets have been outhomered 9-1 in the nine games since Wright went out.
And fans have basically stopped showing up.
Alderson is learning. Just as Jerry Manuel learned.
It was two years ago that Manuel, then the Mets manager, said of a Gary Sheffield injury: "They're calling it cramps -- surgery on Tuesday."
Alderson is learning that weeks like this just aren't out of the ordinary here.
"Everybody says, 'This is New York -- it's different,'" he said. "I would admit, 'This is New York -- it's different.'"
This isn't Oakland. This isn't San Diego.
At his previous stops, Alderson's week would have been different.
"There would have been a little beach time in there," he said with a grin.
Instead, he's still fielding questions about what owner Fred Wilpon said to The New Yorker.
The players are fielding questions, too. A crowd gathered around Carlos Beltran in the Mets clubhouse Friday, even though Beltran had already answered his own Wilpon questions in Chicago.
"What happened, that's in the past," Beltran told the crowd.
He understands already. This is the Mets. This is New York.
It's always like this.
"I just try to keep my head and think about the game," he said. "Of course, there are distractions. But all we can do is concentrate on what's important."
But what is important for the Mets? Is it surviving this season? Is it trading away their players? Is it surviving the crisis of the day?
"We're in the entertainment business," Alderson said. "Coverage is good."
By that standard, then, this was a good week at Citi Field.
Another good week.
Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:09 am
Edited on: May 23, 2011 12:42 pm
Bud Selig was right!
Just as the commissioner has said over and over, the Mets and Dodgers are not at all alike. Just check out this week's New Yorker for proof.
Of all the dumb things Dodgers lame-duck owner Frank McCourt has said and done, he didn't invite a reporter into his suite to listen to him make fun of his players. No, that was the latest dumb thing that (possibly lame-duck) Mets owner Fred Wilpon did.
The rips of Jose Reyes, David Wright and Carlos Beltran are buried in Jeffrey Toobin's very sympathetic, 10,000-word look at Wilpon's relationship with Bernard Madoff (Toobin gave Madoff another chance to proclaim Wilpon's innocence), but it's the rips that had Mets fans talking Monday morning.
Reyes "thinks he's going to get Carl Crawford money" and "won't get it," Wilpon told Toobin while they watched an early-season Mets loss together.
Wright is "A really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar," Wilpon said.
Beltran is "65 to 70 percent of what he was," and got his seven-year, $119 million contract with the Mets solely because of "one [playoff] series."
Some Mets fans will no doubt concur with the owner's judgments. Some Mets fans will no doubt be thrilled to hear that the owner can be as emotional about the team as they are.
But do you really want to tell your best players that the owner thinks they're not that good? Do you really want to tell other teams that the players you're going to try to trade this summer aren't worth the money?
This is so typical Mets.
No, Selig is right. Fred Wilpon is no Frank McCourt.
Posted on: May 16, 2011 5:35 pm
NEW YORK -- With the Mets, injuries are never shocking.
Make that almost never.
Monday, third baseman David Wright went for what he thought was a routine MRI on his back. Monday afternoon, the Mets announced that Wright has a stress fracture in his back, and that he seems to have had it for nearly a month.
"I was shocked," Wright said.
"I was shocked and unhappy," manager Terry Collins said.
The Mets are saying that Wright will need 10 days of rest, and that doctors don't consider this a long-term injury. But this is the Mets, so we'll see, and we won't be shocked if it lasts longer.
At least now we know he won't be traded in the next two weeks, not that he was likely to be dealt anytime soon, anyway. There has been some speculation that the Mets would deal Wright, who is signed through 2012, but he was always less likely to be moved that shortstop Jose Reyes or outfielder Carlos Beltran, or even closer Francisco Rodriguez (whose $17.5 million vesting option makes a deal more complicated).
It's much less certain that they would trade Wright, who is, as Collins said, "without question, the face of the team."
Of course, if you're going to be the face of the Mets, you've got to get hurt, right?
Wright spoke confidently about returning in two weeks. The Mets didn't even put Wright on the disabled list immediately, waiting for a second opinion from a back specialist.
"I thought I could play through it," Wright said. "I still think if the risk wasn't there that I could play through it."
Wright said the injury dates back to April 19, when he dived to try to make a play on Carlos Lee in a home game against the Astros. He said that his back felt sore for about a week after that game, and that anti-inflammatory drugs hadn't really eased the pain.
"It turned from stiffness to pain to continued pain," he said. "But I didn't think it was anything serious."
Wright insisted that the injury isn't the reason for his uncharacteristic .226 batting average. He was hitting .239 when he got hurt, and has hit .215 in 22 games since then.
Posted on: March 13, 2009 6:42 pm
MIAMI -- Because Team USA lost the last game in Toronto to Venezuela, the Americans have to open the second round of the World Baseball Classic Saturday night against Puerto Rico.
"I can't wait," Wright said Friday. "There's a lot of bragging rights. But I'm going to wait and do my talking once I see the results. I think it's going to be fun. One of the biggest things that makes this tournament interesting is that you play with rivals and against teammates."
Posted on: September 27, 2008 5:19 pm
The Brewers-Cubs game was playing on one television in the Mets clubhouse after this afternoon's 2-0 win over the Marlins, but only a few players stopped to watch. The Phillies-Nationals game was on a TV just outside the clubhouse, but only a security guard was watching.
And on the board that told the Mets what time to report for Sunday's game against the Marlins, there was also a reminder to pack for a one-day trip to Philadelphia, should the Phillies lose that game to Washington.
As of 5 p.m., as the Mets players and coaches were heading home, there was still a chance of a one-game playoff with the Phils, which would be Monday at Citizens Bank Park. There was still a chance of a one-game playoff with the Brewers, which would be Monday at Shea Stadium. And there was still a chance, of course, that the Mets' season would end with Sunday's game against the Marlins.
So many possibilities.
"We've taken care of what we could do today," David Wright said.
Yes, they had. For the second straight season, the Mets are alive right to their final scheduled game.
It didn't go well a year ago. Now they have another chance.
There's a feeling in New York that the Marlins hate the Mets, and that it would make the Marlins' season if they keep the Mets out of the playoffs.
"That's not true at all," Marlins center fielder Cody Ross said today. "Any one of us in here would trade places with them in a heartbeat. The only thing for us is that if we don't make it (to the playoffs), we don't want anyone else to. That would be true if we were playing the Phillies, the Cubs, anyone. It's nothing personal (against the Mets). That wouldn't make our season."