Tim Redding Shut Down

Tim Redding’s attempt to nail down the #5 spot in the New York Mets starting rotation has come to a screeching halt, as the team has decided to shut him down due to shoulder soreness.

Only a few days ago here at MetsToday we suggested that Redding’s struggles were due to a physical issue:

He was visibly laboring, and I’m betting that his shoulder is still barking, but he’s not going to say so. From what I understand, he’s a pretty tough character and could be pitching through pain to win a job in the rotation and to back up his early chest-pounding remarks that he was the favorite for the fifth spot.

I’m not ready to write off Redding, as he’s at least 2-3 weeks behind where he should be, and he’s likely ailing. My hope is that he doesn’t further damage his shoulder and can make a contribution of some sort in 2009.

Redding was pounded for nine runs in two innings of work against the Nationals, and couldn’t get out of his only inning against the University of Michigan. According to Mets.com:

Right-handed pitcher Tim Redding, one of the four hurlers competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, has been shut down because of weakness and aching in his throwing shoulder.

General manager Omar Minaya provided no specific prognosis on Saturday morning when he announced the club’s latest physical malady, but he said Redding probably won’t have sufficient time to prepare to be a viable pitcher — starter or reliever — by Opening Day, April 6.

There was also a strange quote from Marty Noble’s report on Mets.com:

Redding has been examined by the Mets’ doctors here, but he has been examined via MRI. Minaya indicated no plans for additional examination exist and that Redding will begin programs designed to strengthen the shoulder.

Re-read the portion in bold. Does it look to you like a word is missing? Such as, the word “not”? As in, “…but he has NOT been examined via MRI” ? This is really making me wonder, and it certainly fits. If the Mets are too cheap (or frightened) to send their franchise pitcher Johan Santana for an MRI, then it makes sense to keep their $2.2M investment away from that nasty machine. Right?

One of these days, the Mets have to enter the 21st century and begin to use the latest technology — even if it means giving them information they don’t want to hear.


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. Micalpalyn March 15, 2009 at 10:46 am
    There are several other red flags too. That the Nats let their best pitcher go, then Redding is this bad….obviously there is more to this injury ruse, but ala Omar the strategist, the Mets have insurance stashed on the DL, and now not only do they have Redding but Wags apparently is waaay ahead of schedule.
  2. joe March 15, 2009 at 11:48 am
    Omar the strategist? I guess if the plan is to finish strong (for a change) … but that’s also assuming the Mets can get off to a hot start, and not fall so far behind that the cavalry can save them.

    Having Billy Wagner handle the 7th inning during September would indeed be a wonderful option, if the Mets are still in the hunt by then.

  3. isuzudude March 15, 2009 at 8:50 pm
    It’s only the middle of march but already Tim Redding has a huge lead in the competition for worst offseason signing. Again, why did the Mets sign this guy over Pedro Martinez again? Oh yeah, cause they’re cheap…
  4. joe March 15, 2009 at 9:44 pm
    $2.25M for Redding, $2M for Alex Cora.

    And the Angels signed Bobby Abreu for $5M.

  5. Walnutz15 March 16, 2009 at 7:25 am
    Typically level-headed — ol’ Paulie Walnutz finds himself kicking the proverbial water-cooler this morning…

    After all this talk of “turning the page on Pedro”…”we’re done with Pedro”, “no interest whatsoever in Pedro”…..I thought it was hilarious to read this in the Bergen Record:

    “Don’t rule out Pedro Martinez just yet. While some Mets’ officials continue to claim that the marriage has ended, one person familiar with the discussions said Sunday that the Mets are among the teams that have begun to request financial requirements with the 37-year-old right-hander.”

    Maybe Pedro does swing back into the plans — to make the Mets look like even bigger fools than they already were…..in signing an obviously damaged Tim Redding to guaranteed money.

    In a financial climate that sees everyone and their father (*cough* Fred *cough*) trying to save as much money as they possibly can — how you don’t factor off-season surgery and compensation in delivery into the equation — at $2.25MM — is beyond my comprehension.

    Aside from the fact that Redding has always sucked anyway.

    Now they’ll go completely against their word, and check back in with Pedro?

    LOL — the Mets are the kid that lies to his teacher about reading the chapter they were supposed to read for homework….then gets ridiculed in front of the class when they’re asked to answer a question based on the reading — with the most ridiculous answer one could possibly give.

    To be honest, I can’t wait for Pudge to sign with say, the Marlins, in direct competition inter-division — with Castro hitting the D.L. sometime in May. ‘Cuz ya know that one’s comin’ next.

    There are times where you just have to throw your hands up and say…..”Who the hell knows anymore?”

    On a positive note: it’s been nice to see Beltran and Delgado swingin’ good sticks in the WBC…..not to mention, Pudge has been an absolute BEAST. Oh well, time will tell.