Assistant Mets GM John Ricco is holding a conference call as we speak with the NY Media. From the snippets I have heard while listing to WFAN, it appears that the Mets were aware that Carlos Beltran was visiting Dr. Steadman in Colorado. But they did not agree to the surgery he underwent while there.
Essentially, Beltran did not afford the Mets, the team paying him millions of dollars a year, the chance to consult with him before he went under the knife. Ricco said that Beltran and his agent Scott Boras were aware that the organization wanted the chance to review the information gathered by Dr. Steadman, but Beltran did not afford them that opportunity.
That is the crux of it. Any way you look at it, this is an unmitigated disaster. The Mets are riding a slippery slope here because if they go after Beltran for blindsiding them, he is liable to say F… It and just take the year of to get 100% healthy for his walk year in 2011. It is clear that Beltran was already ticked off at the Mets for their handling of his knee injury situation last year. Could it be that maybe this was his way of getting back at the team? Nothing with this organization is out of the realm of possibility.
The bottom line is that Mets fans won’t see Carlos Beltran, All-Star/Gold Glover/Cleanup Hitter, take the field for who knows how long. With the way things have gone the past eight months, would anyone be surprised if Beltran missed the entire 2010 campaign? I know I won’t.
Anyway, I am headed out on vacay tomorrow for a week so the blog will be silent for that time period. Feel free to voice your displeasure to each other via the comment thread. Is it 2011 yet?