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Mets Musings: Is It Time To Make Another Move?

PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Cory Sullivan #12 of the New York Mets poses during photo day at Tradition Field on February 23, 2009 in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Michael GanciCorrespondent IJune 3, 2009

The New York Mets haven’t been able to avoid the injury bug this season. It seems like everyone has been affected with some kind of ailment.

People who are currently on the shelf include Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Ryan Church, Oliver Perez, Angel Pagan, and now Ramon Martinez.

After the fans’ request to call up Martinez, there still remains one open spot on the bench, at least until Church and Reyes make their returns at some point in the next week.

While looking at Buffalo’s roster, a few veteran names come to mind. One thing the Mets might have to do is call up a pitcher to take the place of John Maine if he doesn’t feel better soon.

My first pick would be Nelson Figueroa, although he would be going on three days of rest. Jonathon Niese might be a better bet to get the call. He still has plenty of options.

Another option would be to pick up a bat to add to the bench. The Mets picked up insurance options like Wily Mo Pena and Mike Lamb, but neither of them can hit the broad side of a barn right now, so I will skip right past them.

I would love to see Bobby Kielty get the shot, but he is injured, and Emil Brown is still getting his seasoning down at the Triple-A level.

One guy, who I think unfairly gets ignored in situations like this, is Cory Sullivan. He has done nothing but stayed healthy and, more importantly, he is red hot right now.

In his last 10 games, Sullivan has been batting .410 and he has hit safely in nine of the 10 games. He can be another option for Jerry Manuel against right-handed relievers, and he can also be used for defensive purposes and double switches late in games.

The last option is simple: Do nothing.

According to SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt, it all depends on one guy.

“I think it depends on Beltran. If he is healthy today, they may play short until Reyes returns Friday.” Thanks for the quick Twitter response, Kevin!

We will have to wait and see, but one thing is for sure: We need to win tonight.

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