Well it’s about time isn’t it? Mets fans haven’t trusted the training staff for the past couple of seasons.
In a press conference on Friday afternoon, Sandy Alderson addressed the media. There really wasn’t anything huge that was mentioned in this conference, but he did state that he has started checking in with the Mets training staff daily.
Again, it’s about time. All of these injuries to the Mets can’t just be bad luck — the fans know this, and even former players like Pedro Martinez knows (and has vocalized) this. There has to be something more going on. Is that something more the training staff? I can’t say for sure, but it seems to be a safe assumption.
Now, is anything in changes in terms of handling injuries? Not really, but kind of. Alderson alluded to some potential changes happening to their injury protocol. Of course, his checking in with the training staff daily is a good step, both to keep an eye that everything is going right, and to ensure that no more miscommunication happens (which has seemed to be a trend this season). But is it enough?
It’s a start that’s for sure. And it’s refreshing to hear that they will pay more attention to the training staff. However, it is of course ridiculous that it’s taken this long for (potential) changes to be made.
Yeah, yeah it’s only May, but this is the Mets second injury-plagued season. And yes, it’s only May… and the Mets are playing with eight players who we know make an impact for the team.
In case you forget…
- Noah Syndergaard and his lat
- Asdrubal Cabrera and his thumb
- Travis d’Arnaud and his wrist
- Jeurys Familia and his shoulder
- Steven Matz and his elbow
- Seth Lugo and his elbow
- Yoenis Cespedes and his hamstring
- David Wright and his shoulder
Come on. You can’t look at the list above and tell me this is all one big coincidence or all one big case of bad luck. This is beyond all that.
Alderson checking in with the training staff is a step in the right direction. But I truly don’t think that it’s enough. Changes need to be made, and not just potential changes spoken about above.
Without such changes, the Mets are just setting themselves up for more injuries, and more injury-plagued seasons.