As yesterday progressed I was almost convinced it was going to be one of the shittiest weekends in the history of my Met fandom. The Mets were well on their way to being swept by the damn Yankees and news about Jose Reyes’ bum hamstring was non-existent.
The lack of reports concerning his MRI results had me almost convinced we were going to hear he would be out for the rest of the season. Why else would they wait to release the results? My belief was that the Mets didn’t want the outcome of the kick in the nether region results to affect the team even more, as they tried to salvage at least one win against the Yanks.
Turns out I was wrong. This time, I am perfectly happy to admit it.
So how will all of this play out? How many games will Jose miss? Let’s take a look at what Jose, Terry Collins, and Sandy Alderson are saying:
“I think it’s good. Just a little bit of strain. Nothing big. I know we’re going to take it one day at a time and see what happens. Today when I got up I feel even better than yesterday. That’s very good news……Everybody wants to be there, wants to play. Hopefully, I feel better in a couple of days.”- Jose Reyes
Like all players, Jose likely believes he will miss the minimum amount of games possible. One thing Met fans should have learned by now is not to count on what the players say as far as their return is concerned. Ike Davis thought he would be back in a day or two. David Wright believed he would be back in a few weeks. Shall I go on?
I am tickled pink that Jose will be back sooner rather than later. However, I hope he doesn’t over do it in order to get back on the field. For me, it will be difficult to watch the first handful of games he comes back. I’ll be wincing every time he starts running hoping like hell he doesn’t come up lame after one of his trademark bursts of speed.
“It’ll be a challenge. I think we are going to be up for it. Certainly we’ve dealt with some adversity so far this season. We’re resilient, we’ll bounce back and when we find out what the situation is going to be with him today, we’ll make sure our guys are ready to play.”- Terry Collins
Another example of why we are digging Terry Collins here at Midwestropolitan. He’s just like every other human on the planet. So I’m sure in his mind he is like “This is just perfect. I must have done something wrong to piss somebody off. Damn.”
Instead of vocalizing the natural “oh woe is me” thought, he immediately started focusing on winning with what he has. The message to the players: “I believe in you, don’t think this is going to become an excuse not to play your asses off.”
“We have to take it one day at a time. We’re not making any predictions at the moment……We’re going to have to rely on Jose himself. We’re going to have to rely on Ray Ramirez and the training staff. We’re going to have to rely on the doctors as well who are interpreting his condition as time goes on. It’s going to have to be something that we monitor. I’m sure he’ll want to play and I’m sure he’ll want to play in the All-Star Game, but that’s something we’re going to have to look at.”- Sandy Alderson
Mr. Alderson is too smart to associate a time frame on Jose’s return. He understands that hamstrings can be tricky, particularly when you are speaking about a player that relies on speed as one of his top weapons. Mr. Alderson’s plan seems reasonable and par for the course. Collect all information possible from relevant sources and then proceed from there. Until the information is reliable there is no need to make a decision.
Reading between the lines he is also saying, “I understand and am sympathetic that Jose will want to get back as soon as possible and I know he wants to play in the All-Star Game. However, let’s make sure the Mets’ best interest is considered here. Keep in mind we will be leery on allowing you to do either if we feel you are risking re-injury. Let’s talk.”
Regardless of what is going to happen in the next few days, we now have another thing to monitor closely as the season progresses. It will cause a bit more stress to an already over stressed lot, but it is much better than the alternative we all thought we were facing less than 24 hours ago.