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The Mets are getting proactive on the injury front

Feb 18, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

Recent controversy and this morning’s rumor notwithstanding, there is some good news to report on the Mets’ injury front: they’re trying new things to prevent more of them from happening:

When Mets players walked into the major-league clubhouse here for the
first time Thursday, there were large signs posted in the clubhouse
that read: “Prevention and recovery.”

It is more than just a hopeful slogan.

The Mets are modifying their training program this spring in an
effort to avoid a repeat of the injury-filled disaster of 2009. A team
spokesman told The Star-Ledger that the signs are meant to reinforce
what will be a bigger focus on baseball-related activities and more of
an emphasis on “rest and recovery.”

Players will be urged to save their energy for the field and not
exert themselves too much in the weight room. The emphasis will be more
on baseball skills, agility and flexibility than on building strength.

I’m no doctor, trainer or physical therapist, and thus I have no idea if the sorts of changes described here would have helped prevent the injuries to Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and the others, but after the year they had in 2009, any change is probably for the best.

  1. Ryan - Feb 18, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    I love these types of vague catchphrases and motivational statements meant to build some kind of excitement in the reader – in reality, they are admitting to the players and staff that there was a problem, however indirectly, by hiding their admission behind a very thin veil of ‘trying harder this year’. It’s my belief that these mottos only spur more resentment on the people who decided it was necessary.
    Could it be that 2009 was just a statistical anomaly mixed with some sub-par trainers last year?
    If they do terribly this year again, then maybe think about some signs.

  2. Old Gator - Feb 19, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    I’d say they were pretty proactive on the injury front last year. I think everything they did to try to prevent injuries crippled another player. Maybe they ought to just back off and let boys be boys.
    .
    Hell, maybe there could be a baseball league that’s the equivalent of the Special Olympics.

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