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David Wright could make Grapefruit League debut Tues.

Mar 24, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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From ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin comes word that Mets third baseman David Wright is currently on track to make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday in Port St. Lucie against the Braves.

Wright has been taking batting practice off a pitching machine since Thursday and will face a live pitcher Sunday for the first time this spring. If that goes well, he should have no restrictions going forward.

Wright has been taking it slowly in Mets camp since tearing his rectus abdominis (an abdominal muscle) in early March. But he should be fine for the start of the regular season if he can avoid further setbacks.

Wright, 29, batted .254/.345/.427 with 14 home runs and 61 RBI in 102 games last season.

  1. dondada10 - Mar 24, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    This has Mets Medical Blunder written all over it.

    • epi44 - Mar 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM

      In what way? You think they should be taking things slower?

      • dondada10 - Mar 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        Yeah. And I’m not a doctor or claiming to know more than what the Met’s staff knows, but in the last 8 years (2004-present) they have screwed up constantly:

        * Reyes’s hamstring, and changing his running style
        * Beltran’s knee
        * Ike Davis’s ankle
        * Having Bay fly and resume playing with a concussion
        * Alou’s entire stint with the Mets
        * Jenrry Meja’s shift from the rotation, to the pen, to the rotation

      • chrisny3 - Mar 25, 2012 at 9:47 AM

        Alou was chronically hurt. No matter what you did with him or who treated him, it was inevitable he would spend most of the time on the DL. No one misdiagnosed or mistreated Alou.

        Mejia’s shift to the pen for part of a season was not a medical decision or issue. It was a baseball one. And no one knows if that precipitated his TJ surgery. It’s just as likely he would have needed it had he not been in the bullpen. Just look around baseball this spring at all the young pitchers either rehabbing from or needing to get TJ surgery. And if you want to talk about screwing up a career because of a rotation-bullpen shuttle, there’s no better example than Chamberlain.

      • chrisny3 - Mar 25, 2012 at 9:54 AM

        Also, what was the “blunder” with Beltran’s knee? AFAIK, the only issue was that well after he initially had problems with his knee, he wanted surgery and the Mets wanted him to wait. He went ahead anyway with the surgery. But there was no missdiagnosis or mistreatment here.

      • mets79 - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        It seems like they are handling Wright properly but chrisny3 while your points about Alou, Beltran, and Mejia’s are valid, portraying the Mets approach to injuries in the past as anything but incompetent is a farce. In addition to Reyes’ hamstring there was also the time they had him bat righty with an oblique injury. Let’s also not forget Ryan Church and letting him fly after the concussion. Ike Davis injury was so mismanaged I have to repeat it. Hopefully under Alderson things will improve (Santana’s measured progress is a good sign along with the way they have gone slowly with Wright). The Mets use the same hospital as the the NY Giants and I am sure they have qualified trainers so the issue in the past must have been either pressure coming from the Manager, the GM, or the owners. The bottom line is that on other teams, guys get hurt and they come back on time or earlier without incident almost all of the time. That has not been the case with the Mets over the last 3 years. Hopefully whatever pressure was on the Mets in past is now being blocked by Alderson or has been removed already.

      • chrisny3 - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        mets79, there are two separate issues here. What the doctors do or don’t do … and what the team (GM, manager, trainer, PR staff and the player himself) does. And those two things can be totally separate.

        You are mixing up those two things. Ike Davis wearing a boot was definitely a medical issue as was allowing Church to fly. Reyes batting from one side with an oblique injury is not a medical issue but a team issue.

        Lets talk about the first (pure medical issues). I think the way Davis was treated was the only real medical problem in recent years that can’t be excused. In terms of Church, concussions in baseball were a rarity and little understood at the time. They still aren’t well understood. So you can give the Mets doctors a little leeway here. So is the Hospital for Special Surgery any more error-prone than other medical staffs? I don’t think so. If you look around at all the injuries in baseball over the years there are other instances where things were misdiagnosed or mistreated. There was a player on the Red Sox, I believe it was Ellsbury or Pedroia, who had a serious rib injury, I think a fracture, that was totally missed and he was playing with it for quite awhile.

        Now about the second issue (team related). I agree that there have been issues with the Mets staff, specifically with Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel/Willie Randolph, who misspoke about injury prognosis and timeframes and/or who pressured players to play while hurt or to put off surgery. Misspeaking about medical things is simply a PR issue and I’m not concerned with that. But pressuring players to do things counter to their health is bad. So, yes, in that respect the PRIOR regime was bad. But this is Sandy Alderson now and I have yet to see any serious PR issues, or, most importantly, issues with management forcing hurt players to play or put off medical treatment.

        So in terms of the OP’s original statement. I still feel the “medical blunder” is unwarranted, especially in terms of the current regime.

        One more note, I’ve seen both Red Sox fans and Phillie fans complain about the ineptitude of their medical staffs in terms of recent injuries. This perception exists among all fans when their team’s top players get injured and there are setbacks or delays in getting back on the field. The perception is worse for the Mets because in terms of sheer numbers, they seem to have had the most injuries in baseball over the last 3 years. So the perception is exacerbated because of the mere frequency of injuries.

      • chrisny3 - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

        The bottom line is that on other teams, guys get hurt and they come back on time or earlier without incident almost all of the time.

        Mets79, this is what I’m really getting at. I don’t believe that is true. Or if it appears other players come back “on time” more frequently it is because their teams are better at PR then Omar was.

      • epi44 - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:13 AM

        The Mets have had some really bad luck with injuries over the years, but I don’t know if all of them are necessarily mishandled..especially not by the medical staff themselves….sometimes thing just don’t work out. And I don’t think those examples you site are necessarily meaningful.

        *Reyes is just a guy who is hurt a lot. And the changing the running thing, was the recommendation of someone outside of the Mets organization some “specialist” they sent him to go see
        *Beltran’s knee is a chronic condition
        *Davis’ ankle is more of a fluke thing…not everything always shows up clearly on an MRI and sometimes things can be slow to heal…and its not necessarily the same people working with Wright now that were seeing Ike.
        *Bay showed no symptoms of his concussion until he got on the plane. Church a few years ago, was a screw up…they let him play after he was diagnosed with the concussion, but since that situation they’ve learned and been much more cautious…like DLing Wright and Bay after their concussions were diagnosed.
        *Alou was always hurt…long before he became a Met. And he was almost 40 during his Mets years…no surprise he was hurt
        *Mejia isn’t the only pitcher to move around in different roles… and a lot of that was at the urging of Jerry Manuel who is no longer in the organization

        There have been some other legit screw ups by the Mets over the years, but generally that was more related to how the FO handled things then how the medical staff handled things. Like JJ Putz was told to have elbow surgery and the Mets ignored the advice and wanted to have him try to pitch through it first. And it seemed like so many times, someone would get hurt and the Mets would hem and haw about putting the guy on the DL, so he’d sit on the bench for several days, leaving the Mets with a short roster, before inevitably going on the DL.
        But that was a different FO. It does seem like they often downplay the severity of the injuries and the players almost always seem to miss more time than originally projected, but I don’t think thats a medical staff screw up.

        But anyway to the original point…I think there might be some concern with Wright as it seems like these type of injuries tend to linger and/or can easily be aggravated (see Zimmerman last yr). And maybe a more relevant point of comparison than the other Mets players over the years, would be Wright himself last yr…playing with the fracture in his back for a month. He’s a guy who is generally going to push to be in the lineup, really doesn’t like to miss games so you don’t want him to say he’s ok and rush to get back into the lineup if he’s not ok. But it seems like thus far the Mets have played this really safe and taken things slow. Its been about a month since he first got hurt that seems like a reasonable amount of healing time. Maybe he’ll aggravate it again and that would suck, but I don’t think that would necessarily point to things being mishandled…sometimes stuff just happens.

  2. garryjercia - Mar 25, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Thanks for specifying that he didn’t rip his @ss

  3. buffalomafia - Mar 25, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    The Braves should heavily scout him & make a trade for Wright now?

    • chrisny3 - Mar 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

      There is virtually zero chance the Mets trade Wright during this season. None. And even if you defy logic and imagine they would, there is a less than zero chance they would trade him to the Braves.

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