Francisco Rodriguez Is Latest in Long Line of Ailing Mets

Michael GanciCorrespondent IMay 24, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 14: Francisco Rodriguez  #75 of the New York Mets celebrates after defeating the San Francisco Giants during a Major League Baseball game on May14, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Add Francisco Rodriguez to the list of decommissioned Mets—however temporarily.

The closer left Saturday night’s game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park with back spasms. He collapsed and was sent to the hospital.

This is starting to get ridiculous. One of the guys who seemed impervious to pain, K-Rod just broke down.

Now the Mets have to put their hopes on the other hobbled closer they acquired in the offseason, J.J. Putz. Last night, Putz got the job done, but he certainly wasn’t fooling anybody. The Mets played some stellar defense behind him in what was an excellent ninth inning for the team.

These injuries are becoming a growing concern. Is the Mets training staff doing its job properly? The team seems awfully fragile, and they need to have their best players on the field to have any chance of reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

The list continues to grow and it now includes Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes, Francisco Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, Brian Schneider, and Oliver Perez. Who knows who else is hurt in the minors?

This is where you can tell that Omar Minaya has been a failure. The minor league system is anemic. This team has no depth, and now it is catching up to them. The Mets are going to need to add a few pieces, or they will need to make sure that they heal quickly.


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