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The injury bug bites

Well, we’ve made it through the first week of spring training games. Johan Santana has pitched twice and he’s one of an ever-shrinking number of Mets who hasn’t landed on the injury report so far (knock on wood). Who would have believed it?

Meanwhile, David Wright was scheduled to fly to New York last night so he could get a cortisone shot to combat a rib cage issue that has kept him out of spring training action so far. Tim Byrdak is due to get a cortisone shot in his ailing knee.

Adam Rubin summarized the conditions of other injured Mets players before Sunday’s rain-shortened game, though it does not include Daniel Ray Herrera who now reportedly has a back issue.

The Mets are far from the only team dealing with injuries this spring. And at least none of theirs are of the truly wacky variety. Yankees reliever David Robertson hurt his ankle carrying a box outside for recycling, and Tampa Bay pitcher David Price hurt his neck while toweling off in the dugout. Can you imagine the field day everyone would be having if either of those stories were about Mets?

But it’s still discouraging, considering the lack of depth in the Mets organization and the reputation the team has earned for the way injuries have been handled over the last few seasons.

Mets fans: are you concerned about the team’s growing injury list?

Everybody: what are some of the weirdest baseball injuries that you remember hearing about?

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Fernando Martinez, we hardly knew you (41 days until spring training)

Remember when Fernando Martinez was an untouchable prospect destined to become a future New York Mets star?

Fernando Martinez's 2011 Topps baseball card from my collection

Not anymore.

Martinez and lefty reliever Daniel Ray Hererra have reportedly been placed on waivers to clear space on the 40-man roster so the Mets can complete the signings of Scott Hairston and Ronny Cedeno, according to ESPN New York. Assuming that no other team claims them, both Martinez and Herrera could remain in the Mets organization. However, Hererra would have the option to declare free agency rather than accept a minor league assignment.

It’s a shame that Martinez is all but washed up at age 23, due to injuries (and perhaps due to being rushed through the minor leagues faster than he should have.) I’d really like to see him claimed by another (preferably American League) organization and watch him prove the Mets were wrong to give up on him… but that’s probably not going to happen.

The Mets have another impending departure, as MLB.com is reporting that longtime coach Randy Niemann will accept a job with the Boston Red Sox that will reunite him with former Mets manager Bobby Valentine.  Best of luck.

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The Mets had a busy Tuesday night in Dallas

signed Jon Rauch 2009 Topps card from my collection

After a couple of months of inaction, the New York Mets made what will probably be their big splash of the off-season last night.

Frank Francisco, late of the Toronto Blue Jays, reportedly agreed to a two-year contract worth $12 million and appears likely to be the Mets’ closer.

Jon Rauch, the 6′ 10″ reliever who also played for Toronto this season, reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal.

And Sandy Alderson shipped Angel Pagan out to San Francisco in exchange for reliever Ramon Ramirez and outfielder Andres Torres.

The bullpen will have a new look, one that will hopefully result in fewer blown saves than the 2011 version.  Perhaps Pagan and Torres will both benefit from a change of scenery.

While Tuesday night’s additions will not make the Mets into playoff contenders, it’s a lot more fun to have something to talk about besides payroll projections and operating losses.

Also, I really want a picture of Rauch standing next to 5′ 6″ Daniel Ray Herrera next spring. Somebody make it happen 🙂

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Weekend autograph collection additions

I don’t really want to talk about the Mets’ 10-6 loss to the Cubs that kept me up too late last night, or the cap controversy that was dominating my Twitter timeline when I checked in before the game.

I will congratulate the Staten Island Yankees (who defeated the Brooklyn Cyclones this weekend to advance to the finals in the New York Penn League playoffs) and the Daytona Cubs (who swept the St. Lucie Mets to win the Florida State League championship), but I don’t really want to talk about them, either. At least the Savannah Sand Gnats are still trying to win a minor league title – their South Atlantic League championship series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers is scheduled to begin tonight.

So instead, let’s take a look at the autographs I got this weekend:

Daniel Ray Herrera signed Autograph Card

At 5-foot-6, Daniel Ray Herrera doesn’t really look like a major league pitcher, but he’s done the job when the Mets have called on him since his acquisition as one of the players to be named later in the Francisco Rodriguez trade. This is one of three autographs I got inside Citi Field before the Mets’ game on Saturday.

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