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The NL East's Medical Mystery: Your New York Mets

NEW YORK - MAY 13:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets bats against the Atlanta Braves on May 13, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Braves defeated the Mets 8-7 in twelve innings.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jon Z.Correspondent IJune 5, 2009

I'm not a doctor, but I'm thinking I could work for the Mets

The last time I checked, the calf and lower hamstring were pretty much attached at or near the same location.

Is the recent hamstring tear sidelining Jose Reyes just another injury misdiagnosed by the Mets or is it really a "new" injury?  I'm still wondering how Omar Minaya got away with saying that Reyes got off the plane to San Francisco and simply "felt it."

Really?

Are you sure the hammy wasn't torn then? Was an MRI done? Was there any reason why Reyes sat for numerous games without much to say about his injury?

That being said, I really hope that in two weeks we won't hear that Jose injured it stepping off a yacht after a game or hurting it jumping around in his post game celebrations. Jose Gramatico?

The Mets decision making relative to how it has treated medical issues has been utterly ridiculous. Ryan Church took a flight to the thin air of Colorado after a concussion. But remember, he was "cleared" by the Mets to travel. 

Is the same person who provides medical clearance for players the same person that shows up to an accident scene and tells everyone that he stayed at a Holiday Inn Express? Or is it the same person who signs players with injury risks past their prime?

For all we know, the Mets diagnosed Reyes with a strain, realized shortly thereafter that it was a tear but didn't want to look stupid sending Jose home so soon. But since Reyes played on the injury, maybe it was "new."

Or maybe they "missed" it.

The same way they missed letting Carlos Delgado travel across the country—only to be flown back with a bum hip. I could have told him that a five hour flight with hip pain would have been uncomfortable.

As much as I'd like them to, I don't need the Mets to keep its fans in the loop on every decision they make. But they should really hire someone to point out and analyze their decisions from a common sense perspective. 

Then again, if the organization had common sense, it could save itself a salary. 

JZ

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