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Mets Adopt the Junkyard Dog’s Theme Song as their Own

By Adam Garnett
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The Mets beat St. Louis 6-4 last night, but enough of that happy talk. This is the Mets so of course we have much more ominous news to unravel as another star bit the dust in Flushing. Carlos Beltran was the latest, and in my mind the most irreplaceable, player to join the MASH Unit that is the New York Mets. After playing in pain for some time, it was announced at around 5 P.M. that Beltran was headed to the 15-Day DL with a bone bruise in his right knee. An MRI revealed the bruise, which began bothering the Gold-Glove Centerfielder some time ago, had doubled in size and a second cortisone shot was not in the cards. Translation: Don’t expect to see Carlos until after the All-Star Break but do expect to see a healthy helping of Fernando Martinez, who was recalled from AAA Buffalo to take his spot.

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The crushing Beltran injury declaration was far from the only news that came out of CitiField last night. It was disclosed by a Mets spokesman in the locker room after the game that Jose Reyes got intro a minor car accident yesterday afternoon when he was rear-ended by a fire truck on the RFK Bridge on his way to the hospital to get treatment for his ailing hammy. Reyes was fine but the hovering black cloud images in the shape of an interlocking NY keeps popping into my head.

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In a third subplot, the Amazins‘ did some more roster reshuffling to address the aforementioned overtaxed bullpen. They called up right-hander Elmer Dessens and lefty Pat Misch from Buffalo, optioed Ken Takahashi to the Bisons and designated reserve IF Wilson Valdez for assignment. Yes Met fans, it has come to the point Elmer Dessens and the widelt heralded Pat Misch are now part of the 25-man contingent set to do battle in the NL East.

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After a month and a half long DL stint to start the season and seven starts, Tim Redding finally notched his first win as a New York Metropolitan….and it couldn’t have come at a better time for this snake-bitten, shell of a major league team right now. Redding’s line: 7+ IP, 5H, 4R, 1 BB, 4 K. Not an earth-shattering performance by any stretch, but the seven innings were just what the Dr. ordered for a beleaguered and overstretched bullpen. Afterwards, Redding reflected on the day’s crazy chain of events:

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“I got here around 10 of 4 P.M and there were a lot of things going on. Our shortstop who has been working his butt off to get back on the field got in an accident. Carlos was getting an MRI and was placed on the DL. People were being moved and brought up and sent down all over the place so it was a whirlwind of a day.”

He continued on to sum up the bleak situation pretty succinctly:

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“We’ve kind of got a revolving door it seems like and this might be the team we’re gonna have until the All-Star Break barring any injuries. As a starting staff we all need to take it upon ourselves that we don’t need to go out and dominate. We need to go out and be competitive and keep our guys in the game.”

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Just another day in Metville I suppose. Hang in there folks….I can’t imagine the skies can get any darker health-wise. Did I mention the Mets won and are now only 1 1/2 games behind the Phils.

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