Ruben Gotay Out

Upon returning from Florida, the first news I heard was that Ruben Gotay injured his ankle sliding into home plate during Sunday’s game against the Dodgers in Vero Beach.

I also heard that Brant Rustich has been shut down, but can’t confirm beyond what’s been posted on MetsProspectus.

So, in addition to Gotay and Rustich, we have Ryan Church out for a couple weeks with a concussion, El Duque out with assorted issues, Carlos Delgado day to day with a hip ailment, Endy Chavez hobbling on a bad ankle, Jose Valentin and Damion Easley less than 100%, Carlos Beltran and Luis Castillo recovering from knee surgeries, Brian Schneider with “sore legs”, Tony Armas Jr. still trying to enter the country, and Olmedo Saenz hiding behind a water cooler.

Did I miss anyone?

This is a big blow to Gotay, who got off to a good start in his fight to win the 25th spot on the roster. He suffered a sprained ankle, and it’s not known how long he’ll be out.

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  1. julie March 3, 2008 at 2:24 am
    Sorry to hear about Gotay but what the heck happened to El Duque?
    Not that I’m surprised. 😉
  2. joe March 3, 2008 at 8:50 am
    Duque has not been throwing at “full speed” due to a variety of ailments, though the one specific and “official” issue is a problem with his toe.

    He has a bunion on the second toe of his right foot, something he’s had for at least a year — and we have NO idea why he didn’t have it removed. It boggles the mind!

  3. julie March 4, 2008 at 4:27 pm
    Well, didn’t Delgado have the hip problem last season.
    Why do these guys wait for the season to start to take care of these injuries?
  4. joe March 4, 2008 at 9:42 pm
    Julie, I do vaguely remember something about Delgado’s hip last year … I agree, it makes no sense why they wait till now.

    For instance, why did El Duque get one bunion taken care of but not the other?

    So strange …

  5. Walnutz15 March 5, 2008 at 3:08 pm
    Delgado’s hip was definitely an issue last year — it’s just that he had so many other things wrong with him….people wanting to blame his newborn baby, his forearm, wrist, shoulder, hyper-extended knee when he chased that foul-pop-up, the broken hand at the end of the year….

    That his hip seemed the least of his worried….now we can just throw it on the cumulative laundry list that he’s got goin’ for him.

    ………..Which is nice……..sorry, I went Carl Spackler there for a second. It’s most certainly NOT a nice situation.

    P.S. — Good luck to Ruben Gotay and the rest of the Met M*A*S*H Unit in their recovery. The newest Alou news is ridiculous, and had better not be serious.