New York Mets: We Don't Have a Shortstop

ed feverCorrespondent IMay 24, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 13:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets throws to first against the Atlanta Braves on May 13, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Braves defeated the Mets 8-7 in twelve innings.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Mets truly don't have a shortstop.

Jose Reyes proclaimed that he would not be in the line-up on Monday and there's no telling when the All-Star shortstop will return.

His back-up Alex Cora is already on the disabled list, after tearing a tendon in his throwing thumb.

"Ramon Martinez rushed back from hernia surgery," Assistant GM John Ricco said, normally Martinez would still be rehabbing in single A, from such an injury. After recording four errors, in four games; Martinez came back last night, with an incredible performance, but left today's game in the eighth with back pain.

The Mets' shortstops continue to fall. Jose Reyes did not try to run Sunday as Jerry Manuel expected, and the shortstop told the Daily News there's "no chance" he'll play Monday. Meanwhile, Manuel removed Ramon Martinez in the eighth inning with back discomfort, which nearly prevented him from starting. source Daily News

That leaves the Mets with Fernando Tatis, who has now played a few innings at the end of two games and has openly admitted, that he's uncomfortable at the position and lacks the range necessary.

Just prior to the run on shortstops, Jose Coronado was demoted to double-A, due to his struggles at the plate.

It appears that Jonathan Malo, maybe on his way to NY (pure speculation). Malo has played short stop since Martinez was promoted, however; the last two games, recently promoted Mark Kiger has been playing short...

The Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, today announced that INF Mark Kiger has been promoted to the team from the Binghamton Mets (AA). source MiLB