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Omar forgets that Santana had elbow troubles last spring

Aug 26, 2009, 9:20 AM EST

In light of Omar Minaya’s comments at yesterday’s press conference, one wonders how closely Johan Santana’s health has been monitored since coming to New York:

In his latest public slip-up, Minaya seemed to forget that Santana, his $137.5 million ace, had elbow problems in February and early March that jeopardized his availability for the start of the season. That happened “such a long time ago,” said Minaya, who added that he “did not remember that part” when asked whether he regretted not giving Santana a magnetic resonance imaging test in spring training.

I’ll leave it to the doctors to wonder whether or not Santana’s bone chips might have been discovered if he had been given an MRI back in the spring.  I can’t help but wonder, however, whether Minaya’s apparent failure to grasp the health status of his team’s most important player isn’t evidence of a larger lack of interest in player health on the part of the team’s management.  Which, you may recall, is not a new question.

It’s one thing to bemoan the injuries when they happen, but are we certain that the Mets are doing everything they can to prevent them?

  1. W2Lucky - Aug 26, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    At this point, The Wilpons have decided to keep Minaya and Manuel both and no one is accountable for the rash of injuries that destroyed a year that was supposed to give the Phillies a run for the pennant. Zero depth, lousy pitching staff, and lousy management. Are you actually surprised that Minaya is not doing anything to keep his players at peak efficiency? How can a team lose their best stater, best mid reliver, best closer, best HR hitter, best all around hitter (OK maybe Wright is better than Beltran) and best base stealer (Reyes) in the same season. I say they are not prepared before the game, monitored during the season, and treated for small injuries properly as the season goes on. I’ve been a Met’s fan since the 60′s and I won’t even watch them on TV now because it makes me angry to watch a bunch of clowns, even if they win. Good luck Wilpon.

  2. John Pierre - Aug 26, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Manaya done lost his mind. If he’s not bumbling on words, he’s just bumbling. he was bumbling when he put his foot in his mouth about the sport writter. He bumbled again when he was trying to explain the David Wright concussion. I feel for that guy, he just lost the english language completely, well, that’s who the Met hire anyway, BUMBLING IDIOTS.

  3. John Pierre - Aug 26, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Manaya done lost his mind. If he’s not bumbling on words, he’s just bumbling. he was bumbling when he put his foot in his mouth about the sport writter. He bumbled again when he was trying to explain the David Wright concussion. I feel for that guy, he just lost the english language completely, well, that’s who the Met hire anyway, BUMBLING IDIOTS.

  4. HOTROD - Aug 26, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Craig is a Doctor now……..
    MAYBE HE CAN GIVE THE METS SOME ADVICE…..HE HAS SO MUCH…..
    I guess Omar would rather risk injury to his players than prevent
    them, this makes so much sense………….
    Craig, u get better by the day.

  5. HOTROD - Aug 26, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    MY FRIEND HE WAS RIGHT ABOUT Adam Rubin, how would you like one of your employees calling a client LQQKING for a job, would your boss like you doing that, calling on company time ???
    I like the Mets BUT THIS IS WHY THEY WILL ALWAYS SMELL THE YANKEES BUTT, DO YOU THINK THE YANKEES PRESIDENT Levine would take advice from the DAILY NEWS about how to run their team or who should be fired ??? would you, Adam is a SCUM BAG………
    Pierre, how are you with the english language, your parents because Minaya is a DOMINCAN, DO YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT ???
    Craig is desperately tring to get activity to his article, build up
    traffice to his site…….

  6. W. Shakespeare - Aug 26, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Yes…Minaya needs to gain a grasp of the language similar to yours.

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