For Mets fans who thought that the injury-related issues of 2009 were gone with turning of the calendar, think again.
It was reported Wednesday night that star center fielder Carlos Beltran underwent knee surgery to clean out his arthritic right knee—the same knee Beltran suffered a bone bruise to during the 2009 season, which limited him to just 81 games.
What turns this story from disappointment to disaster is the fact that reports are also out stating the Mets had not given Beltran permission to undergo the operation.
An official release from the team stated that Beltran had the surgery in Colorado and that the surgery was performed by Beltran's personal physician.
This would be an alarming detail under normal circumstances, however, for a Mets team that dealt with a myriad of mishandling injuries in 2009—including Beltran's injury—this creates a complete circus for an organization that desperately needed to restore a sense of stability for its fanbase.
This is purely speculation, but Beltran had taken issue with the handling of his injury during the season, and it would not be surprising to find out that if Beltran did in fact undergo this operation without consent of the franchise, he did so simply because of how inept the Mets medical staff appeared to function in everything from diagnosing injuries, handling them, treating them, and communicating them with team personnel including the players and coaching staff.
One almost couldn't blame Beltran for basically saying "to heck with them" when deciding on having this operation. That being said, the entire story has a lot of unanswered questions.
Beltran is expected to miss 12 weeks after experiencing pain in his knee during pre-spring training preparations and determining the pain was too severe to not take action.
Regardless of why he made this decision, the combination of this being yet another Mets injury they have to deal with—entering what was supposed to be a clean slated 2010 season and the fact that it was reportedly done without team consent—further reflects how poorly this Mets organization is run.
I'll emphasize there is clearly a lot of speculation, and while the Mets have confirmed that Beltran had the surgery, they have not confirmed he did so without their permission. Kevin Burkhardt who most Mets fans know is reliable and knowledgeable when it comes to inner ongoings of the team, stated via twitter that while the team "knew about Beltran's decision, they did not agree with him having it."
While opening day remains three months away, the circus will be back in town tomorrow when the Mets address this situation further.