Been away for a few days, but it could have been a few years because nothing changes with the Mets. Even with an overhaul of the front office, and a new manager, the team already is displaying the same indecision and chain-of-command issues that plagued the Omar Minaya/Jerry Manuel regime.
- ESPNNewYork reports that manager Terry Collins wants to release Luis Castillo, despite having no clear winner in the second-base derby. That’s followed soon after by a New York Post story that says Collins intends to name Luis Hernandez the starter at second base, which would then create a bit of roster havoc with the rest of the candidates. I will say this: If Collins truly believes that Hernandez is the best option, then good for him. Install him as the starter today, and make the necessary adjustments moving forward with a little more than two weeks left before Opening Day.
-The Bergen Record reports that Johan Santana has been bothered by discomfort during his rehab, and if the problem persists, he could be shut down for the season. Fair enough. Shoulder surgery is the most troubling of procedures for a pitcher, and there’s bound to be setbacks, but the Mets went on the defensive Sunday in saying that everything is A-OK in the recovery process for their $137-million ace. The problem is this: the Mets management and staff need to be on the same page when it comes to Santana, and clearly there is a disconnect somewhere. This is reminding me of the injury problems of 2009 all over again.
-As for Oliver Perez, where do we begin. All along, Collins has insisted publicly that Perez would be given every opportunity as a starter, then as a lefty specialist, even as the specter of being released haunted him with every pitch. Actually, the Mets have stayed somewhat consistent with Perez in the sense that they haven’t rushed to dump him just to appease the masses. With the Mets desperate to deliver goodwill to their depressed fan base, it must be tempting to serve up Ollie – and Castillo for that matter – but as of this morning, it hasn’t happened yet. Though Castillo appears to be on thin ice.