Duaner Sanchez Pitching For His Job In Queens

Phil HoopsCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2009

It’s beginning to look like reliever Duaner Sanchez could soon be following in his former teammates’ (Aaron Heilman, Joe Smith, and Scott Schoeneweis) footsteps and leave the New York Mets.

In a post for his blog at the New York Post, Joel Sherman suggests that the Mets would consider “releasing [Sanchez] by 2 p.m. on April 1st” if he does not perform well during Spring Training.

The Mets acquired the 29-year-old Sanchez in 2006 in the trade that sent Jae Seo to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Sanchez hit the ground running when he joined the Mets and quickly rose to be one of their most coveted relievers. During the first half of the season he went 5-1 with a 2.60 ERA in 55.1 innings.

However, Sanchez’s 2006 season and career was derailed on the night of July 30th, 2006 when Sanchez’s taxicab was struck by a drunk driver and subsequently forced him to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.

It looked as if Sanchez was to return to the Mets in 2007. However, after being inexplicably tardy to Spring Training and suffering yet another injury, Sanchez was forced to spend the entire season on the sidelines.

Finally, in mid-April of last year, Duaner Sanchez made his return to the big league ball club for the first time in over a year and a half. His season would be a disappointing one as he would post his highest ERA since 2003 (4.32) and simply was not effective.

With that being said it appears that this next month or so will be crucial in determining the fate of Duaner Sanchez with the New York Mets.