— Days Without Shea —

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by Kingman on March 6 at 9:01AM

Red_CrossThe Mets are already in mid-season form.

Carlos Delgado is hobbled with hip problems. Now comes word that Moises Alou will be shut down 4-6 weeks by hernia surgery.

I have hesitated to write posts about all these injuries because frankly, I don't have time to keep up with all the injuries.

At the moment, our starting outfield and half the infield is infirmed:

- Ryan Church continues to recover from a concussion

- Betran is rehabbing from off-season surgery

-Alou is now out until sometime in April

- Our new second baseman is MIA.

- Delgado hopes to try batting practice today.

Pitchers are also illin'

- Duaner Sanchez is still recovering from his first spring appearance and may not be ready for Opening Day.

- El Duque has a sore tooth, or pigeon toe, or something. He is not saying much except he won’t accept a bullpen assignment.

And now the backup corps is starting to populate the DL.

Yes it is only the Spring. Yes it is too early to panic. But the hard reality is the 2008 Mets are a team of old men and they won't be any younger in the Summer than they are now. If I am Willie Randolph, looking to make a strong start and eliminate that bad September taste in my mouth, I have to be worried.

[March 6, 2008 2:48 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

While some new injuries are avoidable, I'm very disappointed with the condition and state of our rehabbing players. Beltran, Castillo, Chavez and Sanchez are not ready for playing into shape. What happened here? I saw no heads up in the articles leading up to camp that these folks were that far behind schedule. Hernandez could be included in this group too. Where is our training and conditioning staff?

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