Alex Cora To Return to New York Mets Tuesday; Who Leaves?

Michael GanciCorrespondent IJune 1, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 17:  Alex Cora #3 of the New York Mets bats against the San Francisco Giants during a Major League Baseball game on May17, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The recent rash of injuries has been getting completely out of hand, to the point where many of us are wondering whether or not the training staff is properly doing its job. Today, we have some positive news on the injury front.

Jose Reyes has been sent to Single A to play some rehab games, and the Mets hope to have him back on Friday, and almost as important, Alex Cora will return tomorrow from the disabled list. But that leaves a question. Who is going to go?

I can think of several guys who could be potential options.

First, let’s talk pitching. Ken Takahashi has been alright in his brief stay with the Mets, but I think that his success is a bit overblown. The guy is 40-years old, and while he has been effective, people will eventually figure him out, leading to him being much more disposable in the long run.

Another guy who might be a casualty is Ramon Martinez. Martinez has not hit a lick since he was called up from Triple-A, and it would shock me to see anyone claim him if the Mets attempt to send him back to Buffalo. Martinez’s defense hasn’t been admirable either, and he doesn’t belong in the major leagues.

Wilson Valdez has proven to me that he is a more valuable commodity just based on the defense that he provides. He is a pretty good bunter, too. I don’t think he’ll be gone tomorrow, but he may go when Reyes is activated.

I also wonder about the status of Tim Redding. I think the Mets are exploring other options, and his time in the big leagues probably won’t last much longer.

If I had my vote, Ramon Martinez would go in favor of Cora, and Ken Takahashi would go in favor of Reyes.

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