Jose’s Hammy

A few years ago, we Mets fans were frustrated with Jose Reyes — he teased us with unreal talent, but couldn’t stay on the field due to hamstring problems. It appeared that he’d never play often enough to fulfill his immense potential.

However, after changing his running style, then changing it back again, then going through myriad stretching and training programs, Jose finally kicked the hammy problems for good.

Or so we thought.

Today Jose Reyes was absent from the lineup due to a “tight” hamstring. An MRI revealed that it was in fact a “mild strain“. According to Mets officials, Reyes will take off the rest of the weekend but be able to play on Tuesday. Strangely enough, Pedro Martinez also has a “mild strain”, but won’t return to the mound until late June. Hmmmm…..

While the Mets did not win without Reyes in the lineup on Saturday, it was more because they ran into the buzzsaw known as Ben Sheets than Jose’s absence. After all, Reyes is off to a slow start, barely hitting above the Mendoza Line — I doubt he would have made a difference. And with Angel Pagan playing with his head in the clouds, the Mets will be OK for the short term. But let’s hope a few days of rest is all Jose needs to get his legs — and mojo — back. With the assorted other injuries already decimating the Mets’ roster, a chronic condition with Jose Reyes’ hamstrings would be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

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. julie April 12, 2008 at 4:20 pm
    Wow, I didn’t know all these things about Jose’s hamstring problems.
  2. fafhrd316 April 12, 2008 at 8:48 pm
    I think Jose just had a freak injury out on the field a few days ago, and I don’t think it’s something to worry about longterm.

    Other than that, I’m not liking Damian Easley as the starting shortstop, and I think his limited range at SS made it very hard on Johan in the early going, which forced him to change how he wanted to pitch. You could see Johan on the mound, very nervous with the Mets fielding.

    Get Reyes back soon, or bring up A-Hern for defense.

  3. isuzudude April 13, 2008 at 10:24 am
    I would agree with calling up A-Hern for defense, if not for his ineptness with the stick. To this point with New Orleans, Hernandez is hitting .244 with 0 walks and 9 K’s in 41 ABs. I know he hit over .300 last year, but every time he’s been given the opportunity to fill in for a while with the Mets, he’s never displayed any more hitting prowess than Rey Ordonez. I agree that Easley’s abilities at SS are rather limited, but with Reyes out of the lineup and Schneider already the #8 hitter by default, how could Willie produce a lineup with 3 non-power hitters in Castillo, Schneider, and A-Hern? And if you’re only going to call Hernandez up for late-game defense, then what’s the point? Easley’s already getting his 7 or 8 innings in at SS, which is more than enough time for him to influence the game’s outcome with his glove. If Reyes or Castillo land on the DL I believe A-Hern will be the first called up, but in the meantime I really don’t see how promoting him helps the Mets chances of winning any greater than what they are now.

    And while I’m at it, I want to address something else. There was a text poll during the game yesterday that asked who should be batting second for the Mets, Castillo or Pagan (considering Reyes is healthy and batting leadoff). Over 70% of the respondants said Pagan. What the heck is this? A 2 week slump for Castillo is already getting him demoted lower in the lineup? Let me explain why this is a bad idea. Firstly, it’s too small a sample size to base altering the lineup. Hey, David Ortiz is hitting .071 hitting 3rd for Boston…anyone think he’s going to be batting 8th in the near future? Of course not. Secondly, Pagan’s bat is needed lower in the lineup. He has more pop than Castillo, and with his current hot streak, he provides valuable protection to whoever he hits behind. If you move Castillo to the 6 or 7 spot, do you think teams are going to regret walking a power threat in Delgado or Church every time they’re at the plate to get to the slap hitting Castillo? It just makes no sense. Thirdly, do you really think Castillo is a 6th or 7th place hitter? I think if he’s not batting 1st or 2nd he’s best suited to hit 8th, but that means moving Schneider to the 7th spot, which means it’ll be a left-handed pitcher’s dream to face Delgado, Church, and Schneider back-to-back-to-back in the lineup. Again, it makes no sense. And lastly, say in 2 weeks from now Castillo is back up to .300. Is it then time to move Castillo back into the 2-hole and drop down whoever else is slumping with the bat at the time? Or do you leave Castillo down in the order because that’s where he’s succeeding? The key of the lineup is consistency. And it would not be consistent to always rearrange the lineup everytime someone is in a slump. You have to allow the player to hit his way out of the slump. And 2 weeks is not enough time. If by the end of the month Castillo is still hitting under .200, then dropping him lower in the lineup can be examined. But as of right now, it just makes no sense.