A no-hitter isn’t complete without one or two unbelievable defensive plays to preserve it. Mike Baxter did that in the 7th inning on Friday night during Johan Santana‘s no-no. Yadier Molina ripped a Santana offering to the left field wall that looked like it would be an extra base-hit, but Baxter somehow caught up to the liner and reeled it in, and was able to hold onto the ball after he slammed his shoulder hard into the wall. Baxter left the game with a shoulder contusion, but more testing revealed a little more than that.
The Mets outfielder from Queens will be out about six weeks after being diagnosed with displacement of his right collarbone next to his sternum and fractured rib cartilage. He met with doctors before R.A. Dickey‘s dominant shutout of the Cards and had this to say about his injury:
“Today there’s still some pain. I’m kind of tight throughout my chest and back. Obviously where I hit the wall is tight. This morning we found out more about what’s going on in the chest. Definitely a little painful, but it’s unfortunate and we have to try and get better.”
Baxter compared his injury to the one that Jason Bay suffered back on April 23rd, but in time frame to return to action only. Trainers initially thought that his injury was to his left arm because he reported that it was numb, but the doctors concluded that it went numb
because of nerve damage in his arm and the structural damage on his right side.
On the other hand, Ramon Ramirez was a little too excited about Johan’s no-hitter on Friday, as he pulled his hamstring while running onto the field to join the pile of players on top of Santana. Terry Collins said that he was just so excited about everything that he went full speed on the field, and was limping before he even got to the mound. An appropriate roster move would be made before Sunday night’s game against the Cardinals.
Maybe this is a blessing in disguise for Ramirez, who has struggled of late (4.78 ERA, 1.52 WHIP), but is this for real? He has to know that his body is obviously not warm when they jump out of the bullpen, so he can’t run full speed after he’s been sitting for three hours. Either way, he’ll be out for at least two weeks as he’s recovering from this hamstring injury, just another one that the Mets will have to endure.