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Mets threaten action after Beltran opts for surgery

Jan 14, 2010, 1:08 AM EDT


beltran_100113.jpgAs if the Mets haven’t had enough bad news to deal with in the past year, star center fielder Carlos Beltran underwent surgery on his right knee on Wednesday and will miss the start of the season.

In addition to Beltran missing time, the Mets are apparently rankled that he used his personal physician for the procedure, and did not give their “blessing,” according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

And for now, the Mets and one of their key players are clearly in conflict. A person familiar with the situation told the Post that the Commissioner’s Office and the Players Association have been alerted that “the Mets are claiming this was done without clearance and that the Mets are threatening to take some form of action. There is a potential issue out there.”

It’s unclear what action, if any, the Mets could take, and Sherman theorizes that it’s unlikely the team could do anything given that (a) Beltran has kept them in the loop all along, and (b) the doctor Beltran is using has a sterling reputation.

Beltran’s agent Scott Boras told the AP that the language in the player’s contract only requires the team be given written permission for elective operations.

“This was necessary surgery, necessary surgery to work,” Boras told The Associated Press.

The Mets might claim that the operation was elective.

Regardless of what happens, this is terrible news for the Mets as they try to recover from a nightmare 2009 season.

They had a rash of injuries last season, finishing fourth in the NL East at 70-92 after entering the season with expectations of challenging the Philadelphia Phillies for the division crown. Beltran was one of the players to miss time in 2009, sitting out 2  1/2 months with a bone bruise on his knee. He hit .325 with a .415 on-base percentage in just 81 games.

Now he has more problems with his knee and the team is angry. What else could go wrong?

  1. James - Jan 14, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    I guess truth really is stranger than fiction. The Mets are a nightmare and that’s bad news for the city that never sleeps.

  2. GimmeSomeSteel - Jan 14, 2010 at 1:49 AM

    Given the results obtained by multiple players by following the advice of the Mets’ doctors, you can’t blame Beltran for going with “his own guy”. If I’m Beltran, I say, “Hey, I missed over two months with what your clowns called a ‘bone bruise’, so forgive me if I’m dubious about your medical professionals. I tried it your way, now I’m doing it my way.”
    Steadman is known as one of the best in the business, if not the best.

  3. Ryan - Jan 14, 2010 at 2:21 AM

    Losing Beltran for any period of time is bad, but how does creating a public spectacle help the team? Yelling at Beltran won’t make him recover faster. Minaya is just trying to cover his ass when the Mets lose again this year.

  4. Ron - Jan 14, 2010 at 3:22 AM

    This is the same thing he did after his rookie year in Kansas City.
    Didn’t tell the team about an injury, refused treatment from the medical staff and did it his own way. The Royals suspended him, but that was before Boras became his agent.
    Most people don’t understand that Beltran is a slightly better version of J.D. Drew.

  5. MIke C - Jan 14, 2010 at 6:30 AM

    I never understood why they LET him play in September. While it probably didn’t lead to this injury, you never know.

  6. Kevin - Jan 14, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    Man, am I feeling paranoid, or what ? Elective surgery….. on his own… using his own doctor… missing more time……. didn’t Bonds do this once he saw what a hard time Giambi and McGwire had trying to play while coming off steroids ?
    I gotta get a life… or I will start believing that even MORE players were using that stuff !!! Say it ain’t so, Joe… and Sam… and Harry…. and… and….. and…….

  7. NH Mets Fan - Jan 14, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    The Mets’ training and medical staff haven’t been able to do the job for some time. Injuries upon injuries, year after year. I don’t blame Carlos for taking matters into his own hands; after all, he hopes to have a life after baseball too. If the Mets were able to play their roster rather than subs due to an extensive DL, we Mets fans would have had something to cheer about. Management should take a look at upgrading the medical and training staff.

  8. willmose - Jan 14, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    “When the Mets get healthy, they will have a great time.” Sure and when I get 80 million votes in 2012, I’ll be president. Sorry explains the Mets. A bunch of overpaid, under performing, no good players. Only thing worst is the kool-aid drinking sportswriters that cover them. There really aren’t any good players on the Mets. But the Mets FO takes the cake. Why didn’t Beltran have the surgery right after the season? Heck, why not in August? I guess the problem with his knee just came up.

  9. Simon DelMonte - Jan 14, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    The good news here is that I am pretty sure no one on the Mets uses steroids. If they did, someone might get healthy. Or hit a homer.
    Oy. This is gonna be a long season, I am afraid. Here’s hoping the Jets (or even the Knicks) can delay my Mets misery a little while.

  10. Joey B - Jan 14, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    “A bunch of overpaid, under performing, no good players. Only thing worst is the kool-aid drinking sportswriters that cover them. There really aren’t any good players on the Mets. But the Mets FO takes the cake. Why didn’t Beltran have the surgery right after the season?”
    That’s plain silly. The Mets are a badly run organization, but some of the players are very good, if a little injury prone. Even if you hate them, it makes no sense to say that Wright, Reyes, Bay, Beltran, and Santana aren’t good players. The other 20 supporting these 5 are fairly weak, but still…
    OTOH, you hit on a good point. The question I would’ve asked, if I were a writer covering the NYM, when did the knee start bothering him. It’s entirely possible that the NYM are raising this issue to obfuscate the fact that they might’ve wanted to do it a month or two ago, when the impact to the 2010 season would’ve been mitigated.

  11. hop - Jan 14, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Boy am i ever happy the Yanks didnt sign this clown

  12. Gelardia - Jan 14, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Why couldn’t he have done this back in October and been almost 4 months into his recovery already?

  13. Moses Green - Jan 14, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    The Mets are the sorriest joke on the face of the sports landscape. They’re about to make good on their threat to “take action”. Unfortunately for Metropolitan fans, that action will be to give the wrong Molina brother a 2-year deal.

  14. Oldtimer - Jan 14, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Ask yourself why he didn’t have the surgery at the end of last season. Easy, this guy has never been a winner and never will be. He’s got what he wanted and now the Mets will have to put up with him. Few people in K.C. even care that they lost him because this side of him has always been the lead side. Huge waste of talent.

  15. cranky62 - Jan 14, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Really smart issue to take up with Beltran. Now we can’t trade or sell him. Wer’e stuck with him.Real smart Manaya, really smart !

  16. tom - Jan 14, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    all these guys do this. take a nice vacation for the winter, then decide to have surgery since they don’t like “slumming it” in florida for spring training.

  17. sara - Jan 14, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    James, the city that never sleeps has another team called the Yankees who just won their 27th world championship. We’ve got nothing to worry about. The mets organization is a disaster…

  18. jp - Jan 14, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    WAIT UNTIL JASON BAY REALIZES HE HAS ACTUALLY JOINED A CIRCUS.
    OWNER, GM AND COACH ARE AMATEURS….

  19. Shely - Jan 14, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    I suppose he will be a great asset to the Mets when he gets back into playing shape. This is why the Mets need help in the front office. They went into the deal not knowing that he was damaged? Incredible! If this surgery was necessary, why did it not show up on the physical? Or, did the Mets even ask for one?

  20. cranky62 - Jan 14, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Other then to add 16 games in the beginning of the season, which just tend to deplete the team 16 games at the end, when has spring
    training ever produced a winning season for the Mets anyway ?
    Ahhh yes ! Advertising dollars..hahaha

  21. old&grey - Jan 14, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    As I’ve been saying right along, if anyone gets fired in the Mets organization it should be the trainers and medical staff.

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