Bobby Parnell warms up 2

Mets’ team surgeon among best in baseball

Mets’ team surgeon Dr. David Altchek is considered by injury expert Will Carroll as one of the top “Super Surgeons” tasked with putting MLB’s broken arms back together (Bleacher Report, July 16).

Altchek went to medical school at Cornell and worked initially for the ATP and NBA, specializing in shoulder issues, before becoming the Mets’ team doctor at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. His specialization includes elbow and knee injuries as well, meaning he’s dealt with some of the Tommy John surgeries the Mets have had in recent years.

In April, he performed the operation on Bobby Parnell. Last August, he operated on Jeremy Hefner.

He’s also performed anterior capsule surgery, on Tim Byrdak last year and Johan Santana in 2010.

Dr. Altchek has been the Mets’ director of medical services since November of 1991 (NY Times, 4/12/92).


Will Carroll was recently a guest on SNY’s Mostly Mets podcast >> Click here to listen




43 comments
Kenneth Mullins
Kenneth Mullins

If you believe that . I have a bridge to see you LOL

robby
robby

Everyone on the Mets is a problem.  How much was he paid to say that about our doc?

Can we trade our surgeon for a bat?

upstatemet
upstatemet

Will Carroll is a joke.  If I want to know if a RB is probable or questionable during fantasy football season I'll ask him.  Other than that he shouldn't be commenting on injuries.

cver
cver

I didn't read the article, but really?  Wasn't the medical staff a big part of the problem?  He is the director, so seems like the buck has to stop with him.

Todd Grimm
Todd Grimm

He is the best because he has a lot of practice

eric88
eric88

It's good that the Doctors are because the Manager , Terry C burns out so many pitchers.

hashburry
hashburry

They are trying to trade Altchek but won't eat any of his contract.

Mikey Jocks
Mikey Jocks

He has to b, he gets a lot of practice

hopeless
hopeless

Why didn't Harvey use him? Does anyone know.

legs3
legs3

This organization will only win if another miracle happens. It will not be because of their managerial skills or organizational know how because there is none.  Every move they make is totally against what most baseball people believe should be done.  Would any other team ever consider the Met a good organization because of their ownership or managerial staff.  I think their record will speak for itself.

Jeffrey Miller
Jeffrey Miller

TRADE HIM and lets get a power hitting RF and smooth SS in return!!

mike23
mike23

off topic but i'm seeing reports that Tejada is going to be back at SS for tonights game, so they really brought Flores back up to sit on the bench and be a backup and for whatever reason are still enamored with Tejada, if this is the case i'm done for this year until they improve the team via trade etc.. and get a new manager. 

mets2891
mets2891

Can he do surgery on Terry's brain for starting Tejada tonight?

Russ Sullivan
Russ Sullivan

Can he play shortstop. Or pitch the eighth inning?

jcain316
jcain316

about time this team had someone thats the best at something

Mike Hahn
Mike Hahn

They get a lot of practice lol sorry couldn't resist

mingo
mingo

Practice makes perfect

Best what?

Vee!
Vee!

@cver the medical staff isn't an issue for the mets. Ray Ramirez and the rest of the trainers are good at what they do or they wouldn't be employed. But nothing is for certain in injury.


And this guy is the surgeon, not the day to day trainer.

Chris Kujawa
Chris Kujawa

Because Dr. James Andrews can do a TJS better than Jesus.

Vincent Santiago
Vincent Santiago

@hopeless Harvey has some super secret CIA doctor who gave him a bionic elbow rated up to 50,000 innings. 

jenkins
jenkins

@mike23 I'm close to that, too. But I just can't believe they're dumb enough NOT to trade Murphy.

ry110891
ry110891

@mike23 Terry Collins is afraid of playing Flores. I dont know what the problem is yet

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

@mike23  yup they brought him back to rot.....unless they intend on trading Murphy soon

mike23
mike23

@mets2891 just saw you posted this as well, yeah I don't get this team and what they are trying to do with the whole Tejada being Terry's starting SS, they need a backup at SS/2b use Tejada there and play Flores now. What can you do, hopefully they start thinking outside the box and play other guys at some point. 

theglider
theglider

Flores isn't a shortstop. They tried to find him a position in AAA. But he isn't a shortstop which is why he doesn't play there.

mike23
mike23

@William Bonilla @mike23 no idea what this team is thinking most times, they seem to do the opposite of everything that should be done, I have no trust with this current group.. from ownership down. 

Chris Sullivan
Chris Sullivan

@theglider Well, Daniel Murphy wasn't a second baseman before they tried him there. Insert your own "he still isn't a second baseman" joke here.

ry110891
ry110891

@mike23 @William Bonilla Flores has been hot in AAA. Tejada has been cold, i dont see the advantage of starting tejada right now. I dont get it