Health Report

29 Mar

By Jim Walters

One week from today, 45,000 Mets fans will file into Citi Field to witness the start of the 2010 baseball season. Countless more will tune in at home or at work to watch or hear all the action.

Not since last July have the Mets played a meaningful game. While the hope of spring rings eternal, the memories of a lost season still haunt this fan base.

It didn’t help that two of the team’s biggest stars kicked of 2010 with a repeat performance of 2009, landing on the sideline before the first pitch.

With injuries to Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes, the Mets enter this new season with the same old questions. The health of these two stars is critical to the season.

The news is surprisingly optimistic. Reyes may still play in Opening Day, and if not, he will be back relatively soon. Beltran is feeling stronger each day and will be back before May.

Johan Santana is returning from elbow surgery and management assumes his health is not a question. If it becomes one, this team is lost.

New York also has health questions regarding Kelvim Escobar who hasn’t thrown a pitch yet this spring. Expected to be the set-up man for Francisco Rodriguez, Escobar leaves a vacancy in the 8th inning and just another question for this franchise.

New York is filled with an absurd amount of questions that go far beyond the health of their team. From their pitching staff to first base to the fate of management, health is only one question. Yet, it is the most critical.

The 2009 Mets were snake-bitten, seeing countless stars fall as the spring turned to summer. The team can only hope they got all the injuries out of the way last year, making 2010 a season worth watching.

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One Response to “Health Report”

  1. Marvel Mongeau April 2, 2010 at 6:39 AM #

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