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.