Q&A: about Mets injuries with SI's injury expert Will Carroll

Last night on Twitter, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin made a series of posts detailing the poor communication among Mets players, trainers and medical staff about injuries.

Here is a quick Q&A between SI.com’s injury expert Will Carroll and Matthew Cerrone discussing how the Mets stack up in this department against the rest of the league:

[jbox=”blue”]Matthew Cerrone: How does this compare to other organizations?

Will Carroll: The Mets had that one massive year of horrible luck and have been bouncing back since. There are certainly issues but I’ve always said they’re as much about public relations as they are about medical issues. They’re not the “worst” in terms of results.

Dan Wade (Carroll’s research assistant: 2008 was obviously a tough year for them, though to be honest, it was a bad year for everyone. The Mets missed 1645 days, the most in baseball by about 70 days, but four other teams missed at least 1500 days. In 2009 they were again dead last with 1451 days lost. In 2010, they were 26th in days lost and in 2011 they were 25th, missing 933 and 961 days respectively. In terms of players going to the DL over the last five years, they’re again one of the bottom 5-6 teams in baseball, but they aren’t the worst, not while the Dodgers are around anyway.

Matthew Cerrone: In your experience, what can the Mets (or any team for that matter) do to improve a situation like this?

Will Carroll: The one thing I’d say is that the Mets have to make it a priority. Do a top down analysis of whats good and whats bad, whether thats personnel, communication, whatever, and then put together a plan. The Rays did this years ago and look at them now. The Brewers did the same thing and look at them now. I could go team by team and the one’s at the top of the list are teams where they have a coherent plan and its a priority to the organization.

Matthew Cerrone: So, basically, according to your rating system, the Mets were worse than most teams over the last few years when it comes to losing impact talent to injury?

Will Carroll: Yes, but a LARGE portion of that was the one bad year.

Matthew Cerrone: Lastly, it sounds like from your responses that you also think they are worse than most teams in managing the information and public perception of those injuries?

Will Carroll: Yes, again I think their perception is far worse. The way the Davis injury was (and is) being handled is probably the best (worst) example of this.[/jbox]

To read more from Will, check out his Team Health Reports for SI.com, which will be released around March 1. Also, follow him on Twitter.