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Yeah, Kelvim Escobar is hurt

Mar 8, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

I took no joy in being the first guy to report a few weeks ago that Kelvim Escobar had more wrong with him than a mere “tired shoulder,” and I take even less joy in having that essentially confirmed by Adam Rubin this morning:

Kelvim Escobar
(shoulder) halted throwing even on flat ground. “When I tried to throw
last week it was weak. It didn’t feel right.”

The Mets will survive without Escobar, so the biggest question isn’t necessarily what they’ll do for a setup man. The biggest question is how much the Mets knew about the state of his shoulder when they signed him, and whether he really should have been pitching in the winter leagues this year.

  1. Curious George - Mar 8, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Escobar hurt??? That’s unfathomable.

  2. BC - Mar 8, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Yet another knotch in the belt for the Mets’ crack(ed) medical staff.

  3. YANKEES1996 - Mar 8, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Yea, this in not a huge surprise, he had health issues when they signed him. This is another prime example of a bad move by the Mets, you would think they would have learned by now.

  4. YankeesfanLen - Mar 8, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    The Mets are amazin’ as an Oscar predictor. “The Hurt Locker” won

  5. Joey B - Mar 8, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    To be fair, it’s not like Escobar broke the bank. $1.25M is barely above minimum. They’ll be higher salary burnouts this year.
    Think of it this way, if he was truly healthy, he’d be commanding $6M as a starter. If Minaya was depending on him to set up, then it would be a bad gamble. I don’t think that is quite the case here. He gambled $1M. If Escobar was healthy, he’d be worth 4x that amount. I’m not seeing much of an issue here.

  6. GimmeSomeSteel - Mar 8, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Sure, it’s an issue. Minaya blew a roster spot and $1.25 million that could have been spent better anywhere else. Of course, Omar being Omar and the Mets being the Mets, it wouldn’t have been better spent elsewhere, but that’s not the issue. Considering that the Mets have that weird “one at a time” operating method, it’s also time wasted while the few free agents who may have thought Flushing a desirable place to play went elsewhere.

  7. Joey B - Mar 8, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    “Sure, it’s an issue. Minaya blew a roster spot and $1.25 million that could have been spent better anywhere else.”
    Sure, but that’s the nature of gambling. When you pay 20% of market value for a healthy Escobar, there is a decent chance you won’t get paid off. He doesn’t need to be right 100% of the time to get paid off. And exactly what would the $1.25M have bought the NYMs?

  8. Nasty Boy - Mar 9, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Good God ,what a shock. I guess your credentials have to be on the disabled list to be with the Mets. Omar should be proud of himself.The Mets ownership should be tired of this bungling GM.

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