The New York Mets regular season disabled list is already starting to measure up to the spring training version.
Spring training saw injuries slow down all starting position players (save David Wright and Jose Reyes), and to backups Marlon Anderson, Damion Easley, Endy Chavez, Ramon Castro, and the recently departed Ruben Gotay.
The pitching staff saw slow downs to both Orlando Hernandez and Duaner Sanchez, both of whom have landed on the disabled list and will have to prove their effectiveness once they make it back to the show.
Five games into the regular season, the disabled list captured starter Pedro Martinez with a hamstring strain and reliever Matt Wise with a bruised right forearm.
AAA closer Carlos Muniz has been summonsed to replace Wise, while Nelson Figueroa is seemingly poised to replace Martinez in the rotation until Hernandez is able to return.
Pedro Feliciano, not on the disabled list, has been MIA, only making one appearance in the opening series against the Marlins. Perhaps something could be ailing Pedro número dos.
And just when the Flushing faithful may have thought it was safe to root for the remaining position players (Moises Alou and Ramon Castro have yet to head north), they saw Luis Castillo removed from the Mets’ home opener on Tuesday with knee soreness.
Damion Easley replaced Castillo in Tuesday’s contest.
If Castillo has to go on the disabled list, the options to replace him on the roster include light-hitting Anderson Hernandez, or to make room for veteran Fernando Tatis.
Tatis is the better hitter, but is more likely to only be able to backup the corner spots, while Hernandez is a slick fielder who could easily handle second or short.
Hey what about Ruben Gotay? Oh yeah, the Braves got him…