The MLB season is a grind, there is no doubt about that. The season is a 162-game marathon and there comes a time where teams start to fall apart. The New York Mets would be one of those teams that have found themselves going in the wrong direction as the season is in its latter stages. Not only have they played poorly over the last several weeks, but they are starting to get a taste of the injury bug.
We have seen guys go down over the past few weeks and more recently, it has been more of a common theme. The first guy to go down was Jacob deGrom in early August with rotator-cuff tendinitis. Captain David Wright has been dealing with a shoulder injury since before the All-Star break and it has really limited him over the past few weeks. He left the game Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a neck injury and has missed the past two games; he is due to return tonight, but who knows how effective he will be?
Mets All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy also has went down with an injury; he too left Sunday’s game with a strained calf. The grueling schedule seems to have caught up with the Mets and unfortunately, it will hurt them going forward. Murphy will miss his third straight game and it is reported that he is day-to-day, but a calf strain can be a nagging injury.
The injury bug does not stop there. Relievers Josh Edgin and Vic Black are also dealing with injuries of their own. Edgin, who has been awesome as the Mets’ lefty specialist, is dealing with elbow inflammation and has been unavailable for the past two games, but is expected to be ready to pitch tonight. Black has a herniated disk in his neck and will be out for tonight’s game and may find himself on the disabled list.
I know injuries are a part of the game but it seems like for the Mets, when it rains, it pours. The Mets are clearly out of the playoff race, but it would be nice if they could go out there with their full team and try to compete. Injuries happen to everyone, but at this point for the Mets, they need to be very cautious, even with the slightest of injuries.
The young relief pitchers Edgin and Black should be monitored very carefully, they have been great coming out of the bullpen for the Mets and they factor into the future plans of this team. The last thing I want to see is these guys go down with further injury, especially Black with his herniated disk. It is said to be minor, but look what happened to Bobby Parnell, who had a similar injury.
As for Wright and Murphy, two veterans who definitely know their bodies well, should play only if they feel like they can contribute. Wright has been injured for a good portion of the season now and his numbers show that he just isn’t himself. Murphy should take a few more days before coming back to make sure that calf is 100 percent. He has been the Mets best hitter all season long and I would hate to see him go down for an extended period of time.
As the season continues, we will see how the Mets handle these injuries. I’m sure that they will be cautious with all of their guys because they know there is no reason to push anyone at this point of the season, especially since they are out of the race. I’m sure plenty of other guys are dealing with injuries of their own right now, but hopefully nothing major comes of it.