The Mets M*A*S*H

Those who play (or played) baseball probably have used the term “mash” for someone who is a very good hitter … as in, “that guy mashes the ball”, or, “he’s a masher”.

Well, we’re not sure if the Mets have any mashers, because so many of them are banged up (hmm … bangers and mash … and St. Paddy’s day on the way). In fact, it seems as though the Mets currently have 4077 players who are hurting.

(If you got that 4077 joke, and the “M*A*S*H” reference, then you probably also remember the days of Doug Flynn at second base. Props to Walnutz for giving me the headline idea.)

Here is the list of Mets being verbally abused by Hot Lips Houlihan in the infirmary:

– Moises Alou (strained groin)

– Carlos Delgado (hip impingement)

– Ruben Gotay (ankle sprain)

– Ryan Church (headaches / concussion)

– Marlon Anderson (bruised sternum)

– Carlos Beltran (knees)

– Luis Castillo (knee)

– Damion Easley (ankle)

– Jose Valentin (knee)

– Orlando Hernandez (bunion)

– Brian Schneider (sore legs?)

– Brant Rustich (sore shoulder)

In addition, these players are still less than 100%, at various points of returning from injury, but not technically “injured”:

– Duaner Sanchez (shoulder)

– Juan Padilla (elbow)

– Jason Vargas (elbow)

– Ben Johnson (ankle)

Also, Ambiorix Burgos is out for most if not all of the season after Tommy John surgery.

Finally, these players cannot play in games due to visa issues:

– Olmedo Saenz

– Tony Armas, Jr.

– Fernando Tatis

Huh … would have taken less space to list the healthy Mets …

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Walnutz15 March 5, 2008 at 5:04 pm
    Baseball terminology: (the Good one)

    “Wow, that Joe Janish used to mash…..whatever happened to him?”

    Met terminology: (the Bad one)

    “Jesus H. Christ: this place is starting to look like a M*A*S*H unit.”

    That being said — I’d like to have a MASH t-shirt, just in case we run into the same situation as last year…to wear under my jersey.

    You’re right, would’ve been a helluvalot easier to list the completely healthy Mets: Wright and Reyes (KNOCK ON WOOD!).

  2. joe March 5, 2008 at 5:12 pm
    was that a knock on Kerry Wood ? … ugh … the puns never end …

    let’s see … Mets At Surgical Hospital ?

    how about some Corporal Klinger dressing in women’s clothing jokes?

    I was never a big fan of M*A*S*H but I’m sure someone out there can re-write some scenes with the Mets in place.

    Guy Conti as Col. Potter … Ramon Castro as Hawkeye … Pedro as Trapper … Willie Collazo as Lt. Mulcahy …

  3. Walnutz15 March 5, 2008 at 5:16 pm
    “how about some Corporal Klinger dressing in women’s clothing jokes?”

    According to Page Six — John Maine handles that in the Women’s bathroom.

    I don’t have to knock on Kerry Wood to hurt him….a good, stiff wind would suffice.

    “And Anna Benson….as The Beaver”…..ummm…wrong show….

  4. isuzudude March 5, 2008 at 8:52 pm
    OK, it’s gettng high time to kill this injury bug already. Alou’s out for at least a month with a hernia. Think the Tigers know they hold all the cards in any potential Inge/Thames deals? If nothing else, this means Pagan’s hot spring will award him a spot on the roster to begin the season, unless some other deal takes place.