The Mets are currently playing without Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado, Oliver Perez, Ryan Church, and Carlos Beltran, all while Gary Sheffield continues to play with pain behind his knee, J.J. Putz has a bone spur in his elbow, and John Maine recovers from a stomach bug.
Last night, back-up infielder Ramon Martinez dislocated his left pinkie sliding in to home plate. He is scheduled to fly to New York today to be examined by doctors, Jerry Manuel told reporters last night.
By the way, Triple-A infielder Javier Valentin injured his shoulder last night in Buffalo, while Dillon Gee, Argenis Reyes, Carlos Muniz and Bobby Kielty remain on the minor-league disabled list.
In a post to Fan Fury, Pepper Duncan doctored up a Garbage Pail Kids card in honor of the injured Mets.
Never in a million years would I have guessed I’d some day see Fernando Martinez, Sheffield, Fernando Tatis, Omir Santos, Wilson Valdez and Jeremy Reed all in the starting lineup at the same time, like has often been the case in the week, during which the Mets have lost three of their last four games.
I have no idea how the Mets plan to handle the up-coming, potential transactions, since Reyes is eligible to return from the disabled list this Friday. Church is eligible to return Sunday, but, because he’s dealing with a hamstring injury, my bet is the team gives him extra time.
Church and Reyes most likely would have been replaced Valdez and Ramon Martinez, leaving Fernando Martinez on the major-league roster, so long as Jerry Manuel can get him regular at bats.
From what I can gather, the Mets will look at the roster, look at the injuries and return dates for Reyes, Church and Beltran, and choose between promoting OF Cory Sullivan, who is on the 40–man roster, or Triple-A infielder Jonathan Malo, who is not on the 40–man roster, while being honest about potential playing time for Fernando Martinez.
However, instead of Malo, who would do more for the team’s defense than offense, the Mets should also consider Triple-A OF Wily Mo Pena, who has a nine-game hitting streak, during which he’s batting .333.
In other words, this is getting ridiculous – all while David Wright has just two hits in his last 25 at bats.