Gary Sheffield Slowed by Knee

ed feverCorrespondent IJune 2, 2009

I'll be the first to admit that I was wrong about Gary Sheffield.

I thought, as many did, that he would have a negative impact on the clubhouse and create turmoil as he fought for playing time.

Sheffield has been quite the oppositehe's been a clubhouse leader for the younger players, and since Carlos Delgado went down he has carried the offense.

But anyone with common sense could have seen an injury coming. Sheffield hasn't played the field regularly in years, and to expect a 40-year-old of his size and stature to suddenly start shagging fly balls on a daily basis was a recipe for disaster.

While there's no major injury, he's already been slowed by knee discomfort, which will affect him both in the field and at the plate. Without his bat in the lineup, with the injuries they have, this team is mediocre offensively.

The Mets need to acquire a bat; they simply can't afford to hope everyone gets healthy.

"Sheffield moved gingerly going from first to third on Jeremy Reed's third-inning double, then labored going after Adam LaRoche's double to right-center off Pedro Feliciano in the eighth. He acknowledged afterward that he's been dealing with discomfort behind his right knee."