Church Or No Church?

mets_yoyo.jpgA few days ago we were told that Ryan Church had been progressing with his “baseball activities” and as a result would be returning to the Mets “soon”. At the same time, we were given the message that “there was no timetable” for his return.

After taking batting practice yesterday, however, Church’s return became “not optimistic” according to Mets manager Jerry Manuel.

But that’s OK, because Fernando Tatis is showing no signs of letting up, and rookie Daniel Murphy is hitting .455. So if by chance Church returns, it will be gravy.

But wait, Matt Cerrone says Church looked strong in batting practice yesterday, and much hinges on his evaluation later today.

This back and forth thing is eerily familiar … didn’t we get similarly mixed messages regarding Pedro Martinez, Orlando Hernandez, Moises Alou, Angel Pagan, and Jose Valentin? Sometimes I feel like a yo-yo.

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.