It seems like déjà vu all over again for Terry Collins and company, and I’m not talking about another trip to the postseason quite yet.
The injury bug that plagued the Mets throughout 2016 has returned with a vengeance only a month into the 2017 campaign, and it’s come at the absolute worst time considering the way the team has played.
To say the Mets have been in a funk the first month of the year is probably the understatement of the century.
The team had lost 10 of 11 games, and to make matters worse they lost their most important position player and their most important pitcher for an extended period of time.
On Thursday, after missing a couple of games, Yoenis Cespedes was carried off the field in a game against the Atlanta Braves due to a hamstring injury.
The MVP of the Mets over the last two years, the most irreplaceable everyday player on the team, all of a sudden sidelined for a month-plus.
Sadly Mets fans, the Cespedes situation doesn’t even come close to rock bottom.
Why’s that? Well, because the injury saga of Mets ace Noah Syndergaard takes the cake.
Syndergaard, the pitcher that has had the reputation of being simply indestructible, was scratched from his start Thursday due to bicep tightness.
One would think that a pitcher who was scratched due to a minor arm injury would get looked at and examined before taking the mound.
Conventional wisdom would suggest that a visit to the doctor and a trip to the MRI tube for precautionary reasons would be practical.
Not for Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard refused an MRI and took the mound Sunday against the Washington Nationals.
The Mets allowed Syndergaard to make the start and they made a monumental mistake.
Syndergaard allowed five-plus runs and threw a pitch in the second inning that caused enormous discomfort and pain in his side, forcing him to leave the game.
The end result is not pretty for the player or the team.
Syndergaard is out indefinitely with a partially torn lat muscle, and Mets fans shouldn’t expect to see him on a mound until at least August.
Now the Mets, Syndergaard and team officials can make the case that the injury was not caused by the bicep discomfort, but if you think I’m going to believe that, you may have a better chance of convincing me that I could actually hit a big league pitcher.
It’s an absolute nightmare to lose your best pitcher for an extended period of time, and quite frankly the blame can be spread all around.
I certainly blame the athlete. Even though I appreciate Syndergaard’s bulldog-esque mentality, you cannot be insubordinate.
The team pays your salary, they sign the checks, when they tell you to do something, you had better do it.
However, shame on the New York Mets.
How do you justify pitching Syndergaard on Sunday? You have an insubordinate player who refused to get an MRI and you allow him to pitch?
A reminder to Sandy Alderson, Terry Collins and Mets management: you run the organization, not the players.
The Mets do not deserve the benefit of the doubt for mishandling an injury because it always seems to be a constant.
Management may change, players may change, but the mismanagement of injuries remains the same.
Hell week indeed.
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