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Are the Mets exercising enough caution with injured players?

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The laughably ignored “Prevention and Recovery” motto of 2010 is just a distant memory, but how much has the way the Mets handle injuries really changed under Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins‘ regime?

The Mets’ biggest free agent signing of the off-season was new closer Frank Francisco, who agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract. He’s had a terrible spring, and over the past couple of days we found out that he has been bothered by a sore knee. Francisco finally went for an MRI on Monday.

Collins spoke to reporters, and had this to say about Francisco’s injury:

“It’s been bothering him all spring,” Collins said. “We thought it was getting better. He wanted to pitch through it. There were some days it didn’t bother him very much. The other day, when he threw the two innings, it stiffened up on him. The next day it was irritating him a little bit, so we had him checked and we’ll see where we are.”

I’m not a doctor or an athletic trainer, but don’t you think it would have made sense to get a sore knee checked out a bit sooner?

This isn’t up there with Ryan Church being allowed to take cross-country flights and pinch-hit in games days after suffering a concussion in 2008, or even sending Jose Reyes out to bat right-handed after he suffered an oblique injury that bothered him more when he swung from the left side of the plate in 2010… but Collins has already shown limited tolerance for injuries this spring.

On March 13th, New York Post reporter Dan Martin wrote:

Asked why [Ruben Tejada]  was scratched shortly before [March 13th]’s game [with a groin injury], a visibly irritated Collins said, “Shocker. It’s not serious. It doesn’t have to be here. You need an aspirin, you’re off for the day.”

“I’m just getting tired of going in the training room, where I’ve got to sweat to see who can walk out of there,” Collins added.

If I were a player on Collins’ team, I’d be concerned that a trip to the trainer’s room would land me in the manager’s dog house… hopefully I wouldn’t put it off to the point where I did more damage.

I’d like to think that the Mets are being more cautious with their players now then they were when Omar Minaya, Willie Randolph and Jerry Manuel were running the show, but it sure doesn’t seem like the tune has changed very much, does it?

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eBay Watch: Mets autographs for the week ending Oct. 25

Today’s installment of eBay Watch focuses on some signed Mets items that caught my eye.

6309_1 A pair of game-used batting gloves, signed by Ryan Church, went for $26.77.




OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         An authentic white Mets home jersey signed by Carlos Beltran sold for the bargain price of $88. It includes a certificate of authenticity from Steiner Sports.



06e0_1Some recent certified autograph cards:  A 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Johan Santana “green” autograph, number 5/5, went for $29.57. A 2007 Topps Triple Threads Jose Reyes card, #30/75, went for $28. A 2003 Bowman Jose Reyes autograph sold for $19.49. A Ray Knight autograph from the newly-released Topps Updates & Highlights Mets Ring of Honor insert set sold for $32.01.

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Through-the-mail autograph: Ryan Church


Ryan Church
Ryan Church

For the early part of the season, Ryan Church was the Mets’ best position player in early 2008. A concussion pretty much ruined his 2008 season, but no Met fan can fault Ryan Church’s heart.

I wrote to Ryan Church in early April, just as soon as I was able to find a card picturing him in a Mets uniform. I guess he started working through his fanmail during the last homestand of the season, because I got my card back in today’s mail.

Hopefully Church will have an injury-free 2009 and be a part of a great season to open the Mets’ new ballpark.