News: Carlos Beltran had Knee Surgery

In a post to Twitter, Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus said:

“Big news pending for Mets.  Doesn’t sound good.”

…oh, man, and pitchers and catchers is just five weeks away… what’s up, will

Updated at 9:35 pm:

Joel Sherman of the New York Post says he heard Carlos Beltran had microfracture surgery today without the team’s permission.

Updated at 9:39 pm:

According to Jon Heyman of, Carlos Beltran had knee surgery today, he is expected to need eight weeks of rehab and will miss the start of the season.

Updated at 9:45 pm:

In a follow-up post, Joel Sherman of the New York Post says a second source believes Carlos Beltran simply had his knee ‘scoped,’ and ‘cleaned up,’ ‘though the Mets are acting like it was more than routine.’

Sherman cites a third source who says this was not microfracture surgery, “but standard scope and Mets team physician Dr. David Altchek and team were OK on this.”

Updated at 9:51 pm:

The Mets issued the following press release a few moments ago:

Carlos Beltran had worsening of osteoarthritis of the right knee during the offseason.  He had not been experiencing pain following the conclusion of the season and into his early offseason conditioning. The symptoms returned to the point where pre-spring training conditioning became too painful.  He elected to undergo arthroscopic clean out of the arthritic area of his knee by Beltran”s personal physician Dr. Richard Steadman today in Colorado.  He is anticipated to return to baseball activities in 12 weeks.

i talked with someone close to the team earlier tonight, and they sounded quite distraught… i can’t blame them, that’s how i feel… what a shame, and now what… i mean, how does the team go about replacing beltran for the year, now, with five weeks left before pitchers and catchers, because i really hope they do not freak out and panic… yes, i realize the team says 12 weeks… but, i heard earlier in the day he would be out for the season, and, so, like was the drill last year, until i see him out, running, playing on the field, i’m going to assume the worst… i do think the Mets can hang tight with Angel Pagan, if beltran really is going to be out just through mid-April

…and b) how is this going to impact the team, who had to deal with injuries all last season, probably thought it put that behind them where they could now start new in March, only to have to face the same questions and concerns before the season even beginsughwhat a shame

Updated at 10:10 pm:

…here’s the other thing, if what Kevin Burkhardt said on SNY is true, and the Mets really didn’t know he was having this surgery, despite what sherman said earlier, then does have any implications in terms of his contract,  and what does that say about his relationship with the team’s medical staff, and decision-making process, in that he did this on his own and chose to use his personal physician

In a post to TedQuarters, SNY’s Ted Berg asks the Mets not to panic.

Updated at 10:22 pm:

Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the Mets are claiming Beltran’s procedure was done ‘without their blessing,’ ‘and are threatening some form of action.’

…i also talked to someone close to the team who does not sound happy…

…from what i can gather, the team might have been aware he was going under for one reason, but then, for some other reason, things changed and beltran might have elected to have a different procedure done… if this is the case, things could get ugly…

Updated at 10:30 pm:

according to a person high up with the team, the Mets did not make any major changes to their medical staff this off season; but instead added an assistant or two to help facilitate paperwork, and other administrative duties, for Ray Ramirez and Company…

In an on-air report for SNY, Kevin Burkhardt called this a ‘flat-out disaster.’  Later, in a post to Twitter, he said, though the Mets knew about the surgery, they didn’t agree with him having it.

Updated at 10:45 pm:

…also, i get the feeling Scott Boras is going to be called out for this, in some, way, shape or form, before all is said and done… from what i can gather, he and beltran played a big role is convincing Oliver Perez to go to Arizona for off-season training… boras has a heavy hand in his client’s activities… the word last summer had been that beltran was planning on asking the Mets for a contract extension, but then hit the disabled list and that was that… now here we are… something just doesn’t seem right… and, i can’t help and think we might soon see people pointing fingers

Updated at 11:13 pm:

According to a new report for the New York Post, recapping the night’s events, Joel Sherman says, ‘the Commissioners Office and the Players Association have been alerted ‘the Mets are claiming this was done without clearance and that the Mets are threatening to take some form of action. There is a potential issue out there.’’

However, Sherman believes the Mets were not in the dark on this, and, ‘Mets doctors and trainers were kept abreast of the diagnosis in Colorado, even if the Mets did not agree with the remedy.’