- Jose Reyes suffered a right hamstring strain during the Mets’ 6-5 win over the Twins yesterday. According to the AP, no MRI was taken, but GM Jim Duquette announced that at least 24-48 hours will be needed to get a “sense of severity.” Art Howe told the NY Post that he believed Reyes would be back for opening day.
- Kazuo Matsui told the Star-Ledger that he is still only 60 percent and isn’t sure when he can play shortstop.
- FOX Sports reports that Ricky Bottalico has been throwing hard and looks like a Major League pitcher. Bottalico says he would go to the minors, however, if their is no room in the Mets opening day bullpen.
- Lenny Dykstra arrived at Mets camp yesterday. As the Star-Ledger puts it, he arrived talking “old-school toughness, intelligent play, and respect for the game.” Dykstra told a bevy or reporters, “It’s something I’m pretty good at…I’m not afraid to say that I was always associated with winning teams. Some people are winners, some people are not. It’s not by accident that I went to the World Series with the Mets and I went to the World Series with the Phillies.” Dykstra is in camp as a motivator, advisor and throwback leader.
- As reported by the Daily News, Victor Diaz, whose hitting just .154 this spring, played right field during Saturday’s split-squad game against Baltimore. Diaz caught two pop-ups in swirling winds. Diaz has been rough in the infield, both at second and third.
- Scott Ridge of ESPN.com reports on possible players that could be traded this spring. The following are available players that could interest the Mets.
- Ridge believes Angels starting pitcher Ramon Ortiz is available in a salary dump trade, i.e. a cash for player type deal that would allow the Angels to part with all of Ortiz’s $3.1 million 2004 salary.
- Once Torri Hunter returns from a wrist injury, the Twins could look to trade Jacque Jones in return for cash, to subsidize his $4.35 million 2004 salary, and young Major League ready pitching.
- Ridge also reports that the Rangers will trade Alfonso Soriano to the Mets for Scott Kazmir, but that the Mets are reluctant to part with its top pitching prospect.
The first five batters in the Mets’ presumed opening day lineup have all battled or are battling some form of injury this spring – Kaz Matsui and his finger, Reyes and his latest hamstring pop, Mike Piazza an his upper leg saga, Cliff Floyd with his ankle and Mike Cameron and his toe.
Of all the injuries, however, it is Reyes’s that is most disturbing. At 20-years-old, he has now been hurt five times in the last 15 months. What’s worse, is that they are all injuries below the belt. It appears that Reyes will have chronic leg injuries throughout his career, which, considering his game is built on running, is something the Mets and their fans have got to be concerned about – though we are sure nobody really wants to talk about it.
Best case scenario would be this is the final injury in a stretch of healthy years to come. Worst case is that Reyes could still be the second coming of Lou Brock, but in the body of the post-millennium Ken Griffey Jr. The unfortunate reality is likely to be someplace in between.
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