Hmm … that leaves Raul Casanova as the Mets starting and backup catcher. Considering that Willie Randolph gets the hives just thinking about going the final two innings of a game without a backup backstop, my guess is there will be a roster move to make room for Gustavo Molina or Mike Nickeas — assuming Schneider’s issue is day-to-day and not something that requires 15 days of inactivity.
Looking up and down the 25-man roster, it appears that Brady Clark would be the odd man out.
With the typical game burning through 5-6 arms, the Mets can’t demote a pitcher — though if they do, one would surmise that Joe Smith is the one who would go down. And as far as position players go, the choice is among the bench guys: Endy Chavez, Marlon Anderson, Damion Easley, and Clark. I’m pretty sure Endy and the others are out of options, and the Mets wouldn’t risk placing any of them on waivers. Clark, however, would likely pass through, and if he didn’t, the Mets wouldn’t be crushed. After all, Fernando Tatis is waiting in AAA, and he is both a switch hitter and more versatile.
Personally, I don’t want to see Clark go, but at the moment he’s the most expendable man on the team. Unless, of course, he’s prepared to strap on the tools of ignorance — which is a slight possibility.
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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.