Carlos Beltran, Mets Squabble Over Surgery; Are Mets Doctors Too Keen to Clear Hurt Players?
Beltran says he is "totally surprised by the reaction" to his surgery, referring to assistant GM John Ricco's statement that "there is an issue regarding the process that was followed regarding the surgery," and that the Mets were "disappointed" with Beltran's choice.
Ricco also said, in oddly vague language, that the Mets "were under the impression that we had requested he wait and let us talk and get the information... the next thing we found out, he had already had the surgery."
Subway Squawkers says this reflects a long-standing, under-cautious medical approach on the team that "allowed Mike DeJean to pitch with a broken leg" in 2004 and other poor decisions that led to Mets playing hurt and worsening their injuries. "Based on what has currently been made public," they say, "it is hard to criticize Beltran for bypassing the troubled Mets' medical staff and doing what he feels he needs to do to get back to full strength as soon as possible."
Beltran was briefly on the DL in June, and when he came off it, Mets Today said at the time, he was "still feeling soreness in his knee, and no one but he knows for certain if it still is an issue."
Meanwhile there's a rumor going around that the Mets are trying to get free agent Jerry Hairston Jr., a veteran utility player who could fill in for Beltran or the still-questionable Reyes.