The 2009 Mets Disabled List: An All-star Team
Jose Reyes: DL since May with a leg injury
Carlos Delgado: DL since May with hip surgery
Carlos Beltran: DL Since June with a knee bruise
The Mets have been without their, arguably, three best hitters for nearly the entire season, and that is just the beginning. Jose Reyes is one of the best lead off hitters in the game, with Delgado being one of the most powerful, and Beltran the most all-around talented. All three of these players would be stars on any other team.
J.J. Putz: DL since early June with elbow problems
John Maine: DL since early June with shoulder problems
Oliver Perez: DL from May-July with knee injury.
J.J. Putz was acquired from the Mariners to try and solidify a disgraceful bullpen from a year ago, until he found himself injured as well, and unable to perform because of it. J.J. would be the #1 closer or setup man on almost every team in the MLB, so this was a huge hit.
The Mets also lost starting pitchers Oliver Perez(who they just gave 36 million dollars to), and John Maine. These two were very important pieces of the rotation, filling the third and fourth spots respecitvely. Being without two important parts of the rotation for nearly the entire season, the Mets tried relying on replacements.
The Mets turned to heralded prospect Fernando Martinez to fill the shoes of center fielder Carlos Beltran. The prospect is thought to have an enormous amount of talent, and Mets fans have been waiting for his call up. Playing decent in the games that he filled in, Martinez injured his knee in early July, sidelining him ever since.
Looking for some pop in the middle of the lineup with the absences of Delgado and Beltran, the Mets turned to 40 year old Gary Sheffield. Gary led the team with ten home runs, and was a very important part of a depleted lineup, until he also found himself on the DL in July with a leg injury. The Mets played well without him, and got him back soon after, not only to lose him again in nearly August for an unknown period of time, re-aggravating the leg injury rounding first base.
While needing a spot starter for a game in the Subway Series against the Yankees, the Mets looked to Fernando Nieve. Not expecting much, the Mets got all the could have asked for plus more. Nieve made six starts for the Mets, compiling a 3-3 record and a flabbergasting 2.95 ERA. While running to first base in late July, Nieve tore his quadriceps, and is added to the never-ending list that is the Mets 2009 DL.
Recently, another one of the Mets highly touted prospects was recalled to fill a rotation spot. Lefty Jon Niese, and his filthy curveball was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. Niese made five important starts for the mets, going 1-1 and a respectable 4.21 ERA, before leaving the game on August 5th with a complete tear in his right hamstring, right off the bone.
What is Next?
It appears the 2009 Season is going to succumb to injuries, as the Mets see themselves 10.5 games out of first place, and 8.5 games out of the Wild Card, on August 6th. With only 55 games left, the Mets are likely to shutdown Jose Reyes for the season, and it is the correct decision. They must now look forward to 2010, and make sure the entire team is 100 percent healthy for Spring Training.