Spring training has not yet begun and the stove is still hot but the 2010 Mets have already suffered a massive blow that may dent their win totals.
This just in: Carlos Beltran just had surgery, on his knees...again.
Yes this is bad for the Mets on the field, but this is so much worse than that. This is seemingly an echo of the Mets problems in years past, with particular homage being paid to 2009.
In 2009, many Mets got injured but there is more significance here. In 2009, the Mets were also plagued by off-field fiascoes beginning with Tony Bernazard continuing with certain beat writers lobbying for jobs and all while the Mets training staff came under fire for mishandling injuries, and perhaps not doing a good enough job helping to keep players healthy.
Tonight, Beltran got surgery without the Mets permission. Could this be due to distrust in the way the Mets deal with injuries? Could this be due to distrust in the Mets trainers and medical team? Maybe. Who knows, but there are concerns.
It seems like the Mets problems in this regard will never come to an end. This is a bad day for the Mets as a team, as a business and as an organization.
On a separate note, one has to wonder if this will have any contractual repercussions for Beltran. I mean this seems like it could be contrary to things that Beltran had agreed to, who knows? I dont.