Medical Staffs' Spotty History Caused This One
If I got shot in the chest and was bleeding in the street and a member of the Mets' medical team came up to me and offered assistance, I'd say, "Go away. I need a real doctor."
That is exactly what Carlos Beltran did with his aching knee.
He could no longer listen to the hackery coming from the Mets' team doctors that his knee was simply bruised and it just needed some rest.
Beltran underwent a surgical procedure in Colorado yesterday, allegedly of the "microfracture" variety, since the operation was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman, the champion of the genre.
Beltran's surgery caught the Mets by surprise and the front office has switched to damage control mode, which means they are about to make a bad situation worse—as usual.
Beltran's agent, Scott Boras, is claiming the Mets had full knowledge of Beltran's plans. They are angry because the front office was asleep at the wheel again. They let another explainable situation out of the barn before they could spin it. They look like fools, and it's not the first time.
No one can blame Beltran for having what the Mets are calling "elective" surgery. He's looking out for his career. The Mets' doctors are not deemed reliable by many of the players and their agents. Their track record speaks for itself.
Last year, the Mets were overrun by the injury bug. That happens to teams on occasion, but it is becoming more commonplace with the Mets. At some point, it stops being a coincidence and starts becoming someone's fault.
If you examine the injuries the Mets have sustained the past few years, you will see a disturbing pattern. They misdiagnose, then mistreat injuries causing players to miss more time than necessary.
It's no wonder the Mets only won 70 games last year. People said they had no depth. The real reason is that when players go on the DL it's like going into the witness protection program. They're never seen again.
Had Beltran listened to the Mets, he would have begun the season on his "bruised" knee and most likely would have been shut down shortly after. Now he will miss hopefully just the beginning.
The Mets are not happy because he will miss opening day and his absence could affect ticket sales.
Jose Reyes missed most of 2009 with leg issues. At first, the Mets could not pin down what the problem was. They were calling it "tendinitis in the calf." He then tore his hamstring while rehabbing the calf. The Mets are blaming the Dodgers' medical staff for misdiagnosing Reyes' initial injury.
Really? What happened when Reyes came back to New York? Last time I checked the Upper East Side was chock full of world-class hospitals. Bottom line, the Mets screwed this situation up five ways 'til Tuesday.
The concussions were another debacle. Ryan Church's career was practically ruined by the Mets. They knew this guy was in no shape to fly, yet here he was cleared by the Mets' doctors to make a cross-country flight. Yikes.
They did the same to Carlos Delgado and his ailing hip. They flew him out to the West Coast only to fly him back the next day to see a doctor in New York.
And what about all the injuries to the pitchers? Mike Pelfrey is the only starter who made it through 2009. The rest? Well, they weren't so lucky. Let's hope they were treated properly and don't break down in 2010.