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Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez tosses a baseball in (Credit: AP)

Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez tosses a baseball in the dugout before the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (May 30, 2008)

Mets key injuries since last playoff appearance

Since the 2006 season, many key Mets have been injured and missed extended time. Here's a look back at the biggest injuries.

Compiled by Jim Mancari

DUANER SANCHEZ, July 31, 2006 Dislocated right shoulder
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DUANER SANCHEZ, July 31, 2006
Dislocated right shoulder
Sanchez, who was the Mets’ top setup man in 2006, was injured as the passenger in a taxicab accident caused by a drunk driver on I-95 in Miami. He underwent season-ending surgery, which forced the Mets to trade outfielder Xavier Nady to the Pittsburgh Pirates for setup man Roberto Hernandez and starting pitcher Oliver Perez. Sanchez missed the remainder of 2006 and all of 2007.
Games missed: 232

PEDRO MARTINEZ, Sept. 28, 2006 Torn muscle in
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PEDRO MARTINEZ, Sept. 28, 2006
Torn muscle in left calf and torn rotator cuff
Martinez already had two stints on the disabled list in 2006 with an injured hip. The mid-September injury was far more serious, though. He missed the 2006 postseason and didn't return to the mound until Sept. 3, 2007.
Games missed: 146

JOSE VALENTIN, April 30, 2007 Partial tear of
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JOSE VALENTIN, April 30, 2007
Partial tear of ACL in right knee
After a stellar 2006, Valentin's 2007 season was marred by injury. The second baseman?s first stint on the disabled list lasted until June 7.
Games missed: 36

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MOISES ALOU, May 16, 2007 Pulled left quad
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MOISES ALOU, May 16, 2007
Pulled left quad
The oft-injured outfielder didn't return until July 27. It wouldn’t be his final extended time on the disabled list with the Mets.
Games missed: 67

ENDY CHAVEZ, June 7, 2007 Strained left hamstring
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ENDY CHAVEZ, June 7, 2007
Strained left hamstring
Chavez, an outfielder, suffered this injury while sprinting to first base trying to beat out a double play. He didn't return until Aug. 28.
Games missed: 73

JOSE VALENTIN, July 21, 2007 Broken right tibia
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JOSE VALENTIN, July 21, 2007
Broken right tibia
Valentin missed the remainder of the season after breaking his leg in July.
Games missed: 66

MOISES ALOU, March 23, 2008 Hernia surgery Alou
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MOISES ALOU, March 23, 2008
Hernia surgery
Alou started the 2008 season on the disabled list while recovering from hernia surgery. He debuted May 2.
Games missed: 26

ORLANDO HERNANDEZ, March 30, 2008 Right foot surgery
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ORLANDO HERNANDEZ, March 30, 2008
Right foot surgery
“El Duque” missed the entire 2008 season.
Games missed: 162

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PEDRO MARTINEZ, April 2, 2008 Left hamstring strain
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PEDRO MARTINEZ, April 2, 2008
Left hamstring strain
The Mets’ 1-2 of Johan Santana and Martinez didn’t last one trip through the rotation. Santana earned the Opening Day victory, but Martinez was injured just four innings into his first start. He returned from the disabled list on June 3, but finished 5-6, the only losing season of his career.
Games missed: 54

ANGEL PAGAN, May 13, 2008 Left shoulder contusion
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ANGEL PAGAN, May 13, 2008
Left shoulder contusion
Pagan had been filling in well for Moises Alou but was injured making a catch along the fence in foul territory at Dodger Stadium. Pagan did not return that season.
Games missed: 126 games

RYAN CHURCH, May 20, 2008 Post-concussion symptoms Church
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RYAN CHURCH, May 20, 2008
Post-concussion symptoms
Church suffered a concussion sliding into second base when his head collided with Atlanta Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar's knee. He tried to play through the symptoms but was eventually placed on the disabled list on June 10. He returned June 29 but wound up back on the disabled list on July 8. The Mets’ training staff was heavily criticized for the handling of Church's concussion. Games missed (total): 70

MOISES ALOU, July 9, 2008 Torn right hamstring
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MOISES ALOU, July 9, 2008
Torn right hamstring
Alou returned for one game after spending May 21-June 10 on the DL for a strained left calf. He was subsequently sent on a rehab assignment where he tore his hamstring playing the outfield for Double-A Binghamton. That injury ended Alou's career.
Games missed: 117.

LUIS CASTILLO, July 3, 2008 Strained left hip
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LUIS CASTILLO, July 3, 2008
Strained left hip flexor
Castillo spent nearly two months on the disabled list.
Games missed: 47

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BILLY WAGNER, Aug. 5, 2008 Strained left forearm
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BILLY WAGNER, Aug. 5, 2008
Strained left forearm
Wagner missed the remainder of the season and was sorely missed down the stretch as the Mets blew an NL East lead in the final 17 games ? again. The lefty closer did not make his 2009 debut until Aug. 20.
Games missed: 172

JOHN MAINE, Aug. 25, 2008 Bone spur in
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JOHN MAINE, Aug. 25, 2008
Bone spur in right shoulder
Maine missed a month late in 2008, the first of several extended absences in the righty’s injury-laden Mets career.
Games missed: 32.

JOSE REYES, May 26, 2009 Right calf tendinitis
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JOSE REYES, May 26, 2009
Right calf tendinitis
Reyes was sidelined for the remainder of the season after dealing with calf issues in mid-to-late May.
Games missed: 122

CARLOS DELGADO, May 16, 2009 Right hip impingement
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CARLOS DELGADO, May 16, 2009
Right hip impingement
Delgado was forced to undergo hip surgery, which effectively ended his major-league career.
Games missed: 132

ANGEL PAGAN, June 1, 2009 Right groin strain
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ANGEL PAGAN, June 1, 2009
Right groin strain
Pagan didn't make his 2009 debut until May 16, then missed all of June and some of July with a groin injury.
Games missed: 70

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J.J. PUTZ, June 5, 2009 Bone spur on
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J.J. PUTZ, June 5, 2009
Bone spur on back of right elbow
Putz missed the final four months of the season.
Games missed: 110

JOHN MAINE, June 12, 2009 Right shoulder weakness
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JOHN MAINE, June 12, 2009
Right shoulder weakness
Maine missed from mid-June to mid-September with a case of dead arm.
Games missed: 88

CARLOS BELTRAN, June 22, 2009 Bone bruise in
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CARLOS BELTRAN, June 22, 2009
Bone bruise in knee
Beltran didn't return until Sept. 8. This injury set the tone for an interesting offseason. He underwent surgery on Jan. 13, 2010. The Mets stated the surgery had been performed without their consent; however, Beltran's agent Scott Boras claimed the Mets had consented. Beltran played his first game of 2010 on July 15 as the Mets center fielder after Angel Pagan had filled in well in his absence.
Games missed: 158

JON NIESE, Aug. 6, 2009 Torn right hamstring
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JON NIESE, Aug. 6, 2009
Torn right hamstring
In an infamous Citi Field moment, Niese attempted to throw a warm-up pitch after stretching awkwardly covering first base. He collapsed in pain immediately after throwing the pitch and missed the final two months.
Games missed: 55

DAVID WRIGHT, Aug. 17, 2009 Post-concussion symptoms Wright
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DAVID WRIGHT, Aug. 17, 2009
Post-concussion symptoms
Wright was drilled in the helmet with a high and tight fastball from San Francisco Giants righty Matt Cain. He returned Sept. 1, wearing a new protective batting helmet.
Games missed: 15

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JOHAN SANTANA, Aug. 25, 2009 Bone chips in
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JOHAN SANTANA, Aug. 25, 2009
Bone chips in left elbow
Santana underwent season-ending surgery.
Games missed: 41

KELVIM ESCOBAR, March 31, 2010 Right labrum inflammation
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KELVIM ESCOBAR, March 31, 2010
Right labrum inflammation
The Mets signed Escobar to a $1.25 million deal to be their primary setup man. However, Escobar tore the capsule in his right throwing shoulder and never pitched for the Mets.
Games missed: 162

DANIEL MURPHY, April 4, 2010 Sprained right knee
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DANIEL MURPHY, April 4, 2010
Sprained right knee
Still trying to get used to second base, Murphy was taken out hard while turning a double play and missed the entire 2010 season.
Games missed: 162

JOHN MAINE, May 21, 2010 Right shoulder weakness
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JOHN MAINE, May 21, 2010
Right shoulder weakness
Maine's dead arm syndrome continued as he was forced to miss the rest of the 2010 season.
Games missed: 120

LUIS CASTILLO, June 2, 2010 Bruised right heel
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LUIS CASTILLO, June 2, 2010
Bruised right heel
Castillo injured himself after tripping on the top step of the Mets’ dugout. He missed 1 1/2 months.
Games missed: 39

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JASON BAY, July 30, 2010 Concussion Bay made
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JASON BAY, July 30, 2010
Concussion
Bay made a terrific catch deep in left field at Dodger Stadium, but his head crashed hard into the wall. He missed the rest of the season.
Games missed: 63

FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ, Aug. 12, 2010 Torn ligament in
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FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ, Aug. 12, 2010
Torn ligament in right hand
K-Rod was hurt in an altercation with his girlfriend's father at Citi Field and tore a ligament in his throwing hand. He was placed on the restricted list and missed the remainder of the season.
Games missed: 46

JOHAN SANTANA, Sept. 2, 2010 Strained pectoral muscle
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JOHAN SANTANA, Sept. 2, 2010
Strained pectoral muscle
Santana had shoulder surgery on Sept. 14, and his recovery lasted the entire 2011 season.
Games missed: 190

JASON BAY, March 31, 2011 Strained left rib
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JASON BAY, March 31, 2011
Strained left rib cage
Fresh off a concussion, Bay missed most of the first month of 2011 after injuring his rib cage in spring training.
Games missed: 18

CHRIS YOUNG, May 8, 2011 Tightness in right
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CHRIS YOUNG, May 8, 2011
Tightness in right shoulder
Young’s hot start — a 1.88 ERA in four starts — was cut short with shoulder issues.
Games missed: 134

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IKE DAVIS, May 12, 2011 Left ankle sprain
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IKE DAVIS, May 12, 2011
Left ankle sprain and bone bruise
Davis collided with David Wright on what appeared to be a harmless infield pop-up at Coors Field in Denver. However, that pop-up wound up costing the Mets their young slugging first baseman for the remainder of the season.
Games missed: 126

DAVID WRIGHT, May 17, 2011 Lower back stress
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DAVID WRIGHT, May 17, 2011
Lower back stress fracture
Wright hurt his back while diving to tag Houston Astros' Carlos Lee. He tried to play through the pain but wound up on the disabled list until July 22.
Games missed: 58

DANIEL MURPHY, Aug. 8, 2011 Torn ligament in
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DANIEL MURPHY, Aug. 8, 2011
Torn ligament in left knee
Murphy hurt his other knee on a similar play to his 2010 injury and missed the remainder of the season. He had been hitting .320 at the time.
Games missed: 49

ANDRES TORRES, April 6, 2012 Left calf strain
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ANDRES TORRES, April 6, 2012
Left calf strain
Torres battled calf issues during spring training but was the Mets’ Opening Day starter in center field. He then strained his calf chasing a ball in the gap hit by Atlanta Braves shortstop Tyler Pastornicky. He returned on April 30.
Games missed: 21

JASON BAY, April 24, 2012 Fracture of rib
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JASON BAY, April 24, 2012
Fracture of rib on left side
Bay experienced more rib issues as he landed hard on his side after trying to make an over-the-shoulder diving catch.
Games missed: TBD

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MIKE PELFREY, April 24, 2012 Swelling in right
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MIKE PELFREY, April 24, 2012
Swelling in right elbow
Normally a durable starter, Pelfrey will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of 2012. Games missed: 148

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