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Terry Collins is not happy with the Mets’ injuries

Mar 13, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

Terry Collins

UPDATE: Terry Collins has clarified his comments. Says he wasn’t mad at Tejada specifically. Just mad about injuries in general.

12:30 PM: There have been a lot of injuries in Mets camp this spring. And Terry Collins is not happy about it. Who would be?

But I do think that most people would chalk it up to stuff happening and not, you know, implicitly question the toughness of the injured players:

Minutes after we learned that Ruben Tejada was scratched from today’s game with a left groin strain, Terry Collins charged through the clubhouse.  Stopping a moment to field questions about the injury, Collins said:

“It’s not serious.  It doesn’t have to be here.  You need an aspirin, you’re off for a day.”

That could be taken as funny, but Andy Martino tweeted a few moments ago that Collins was angry and fired up when he said it, so that wasn’t some “oh darn our bad luck” comment. Collins is pissed that people aren’t playing through injuries, it seems.

Which is particularly rich coming from a Mets manager. The Mets took a lot of heat a couple of years ago for, allegedly anyway, not treating injuries properly. Now the team manager is strongly implying that either the players or the trainers are being overly-cautious about sitting out when hurt? In March? OK.

And of course it’s fitting that Tejada is the straw that broke the camel’s back here, what with him already being yelled at by Collins for showing up on time. How dare he have the gall to get hurt too?

I’d like to think that we’re past the point of “spit on it, rub some dirt on it and get back out there.” Team training and medical staffs are way too sophisticated to put up with that crap. And players are way too valuable too.

But I guess Collins isn’t done with it. He wants everyone to suck it up.

Well, not you Ike Davis. We’d hate for you to breathe in more valley-fever inducing spores and dirt. Which I’m assuming Collins think is a put-on.

  1. Kevin S. - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Reminds me of Jerry Manuel bitching at Ryan Church for not coming back from a concussion soon enough. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. If he hadn’t pulled this same sort of shit in Anaheim, I’d think he was trying to get Alderson to fire him.

  2. kranepool - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Geez Craig, all right we’ll get off your lawn

  3. The Dangerous Mabry - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    It’s starting to come across as a personal issue with Tejada. I wonder if there’s something going on there.

  4. phukyouk - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    I’ve been charting his actions recently and he has just about entered “Ozzie Guillen” territory as far as his jackass level goes.

    • drama419 - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      Charting his actions? Wow, impressive you have some time on your hands I see

  5. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    It’s bad enough the fans are putting up with ownership that has to be in the bottom 10 of all professional sports, with our two best players in a permanent state of “will they be injured, brilliant, or mediocre?”, with a farm system that doesn’t get mentioned because it is totally empty, with watching the only home-grown superstar in my lifetime walk away in free agency without even receiving an offer…on top of all of this, we get stuck with this shithead for a manager.

    • Alex K - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      David Wright would like to introduce himself to you. He is also a home-grown superstar from the Mets.

  6. bsbiz - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Terry Collins is just mad that these injuries didn’t get to camp early like they were supposed to.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      The injuries didn’t arrive early, but if Collins has his way they will be sure to stay late.

  7. drama419 - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    I tend to agree with both sides here. Collins is right athletes these day’s do baby things and tend to let minor injuries linger a lot longer than they should.

    On the other hand, athletes are a big investment for a team, and athletes have very short careers compared to real world workers, so they need to be careful about even minor injuries, so it’s a fine line manager and player have to walk.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      You do realize that it’s rushing back into the lineup that often is what causes minor injuries to linger, right?

  8. randygnyc - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    The curse of Willie Randolph continues…….

    • Old Gator - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      No, this is the curse of Wally Backman.

  9. Tim OShenko - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    I’m curious as to how many “Terry Collins is not happy…” articles we’ll see this year, as well as the justifiability of each complaint:

    Terry Collins is not happy that players are showing up on schedule for Spring Training

    Terry Collins is not happy that players sometimes get hurt

    Terry Collins is not happy that the Mets are on track to lose the division again

    Terry Collins is not happy the eggs on his Grand Slam breakfast served over easy; had specifically requested “sunny-side up”

    • The Baseball Idiot - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      “Terry Collins is not happy that the Mets are on track to lose the division again”

      Gee, do you think that might have anything to do with wanting Collins wanting his players to show up to camp early, willing to work hard to get in shape, and maybe avoid nagging injuries?

      • Alex K - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:49 PM

        I think it has more to do with the Mets only having one really good player.

      • Tim OShenko - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        That may be part of his reasoning, sure. And as a Twins fan who watched the team endure one of the worst seasons in franchise history due to injury and poor offseason work ethic, I understand completely. But when it came to players showing up on time, Collins singled out Tejada alone.

        And on the subject of injuries, as much as you want your team in perfect conditioning and all that, it doesn’t help when you expect a guy to play through the pain. That’s how a simple sore that may require a day or two off becomes one of those nagging injuries. Note again that Tejada bears the brunt of Collins’ bitching.

        So from what I can tell, either Collins really hates Tejada’s guts and is passive-aggressively trying to drive him off the team, or he’s just an irascible old coot.

      • cur68 - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:21 PM

        Alternate scenario: Tejada is one of the few bright spots in Collin’s lineup. Hence Collins is acting like a parent with too much invested in his kid’s performance. I mean, lets be fair, could answer why Collins seems to have such a hard on for Tejada: a goodly portion of Collins’ hopes and dreams for this season are tied up in how Tejada does.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:32 AM

        I guess that was kind of my point, although I didn’t state it quite like that.

        The Mets are not good right now. I don’t see anything wrong with the new manager wanting the star players to show up sooner than the last possible day, set a good example, work hard, be in shape, and try to avoid the nagging injuries that have plagued the Mets for years.

        He might not be saying it well, but Collin’s message is still valid.

        If he wants Tejada to be a leader, , Tejada isn’t doing much of showing he’s capable.

    • loge23 - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      ..he’s really not happy that there’s no Denny’s nearby in PSL!

  10. The Baseball Idiot - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Do we know the nature of the injury? I would think that would be important, especially with Tejada.

    Afterall, a sucking chest wound is somewhat more serious than a sprained eyelash.

    Which was once used as a reason to put a player on the DL.

    • clydeserra - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM


  11. amaninwhite - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    I tend to agree with Collins. After all, he has sacrificed the most by agreeing to manage the Mets.

  12. 4d3fect - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    “Terry Collins is not happy”


  13. plmathfoto - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    they have to have the worst training staff in baseball

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