JJ Putz Kaputz
Earlier today, Mets GM Omar Minaya announced that J.J. Putz took an MRI that revealed inflammation in the back of his right elbow. Additionally, it was reported that Putz has a bone spur in that same elbow.
“He’s had this spur before, and guys sometimes play with it.”
According to Minaya, Putz does not need surgery and will get a cortisone shot, which will make him unavailable for at least the next two ballgames.
For those who forgot, last year there was another Mets pitcher who had an inflammation as well as a bone spur in his throwing arm, though it was the shoulder and not the elbow. The comments were similar though, in the early stages of the injury. Something to the effect that the pitcher could continue to throw, and would not cause any further damage. Also last year, there was a reliever with an elbow issue, but his problem was originally diagnosed as “forearm tightness”. He’s on track to return to the team in September, if all goes well.
In March, we reported concern about J.J. Putz’s velocity. Yesterday, Jerry Manuel suggested that Putz’s problem was likely due to not enough work in spring training:
“I think maybe for him, out of all the guys that the WBC might’ve hurt, it could be him,” Manuel said of Putz’s participation with Team USA during spring training. “He’s shown flashes of stuff, but he probably needed all of spring training to get right.”
(Or maybe he was damaged goods when he was acquired in December.)
More recently, we suggested that Putz might have been overused. Indeed, Putz himself admitted to feeling “fatigued” as well as “sore”.
However, Mets manager Jerry Manuel quickly dispelled such notions on WFAN yesterday. One of his direct quotes, in answer to Mike Francesa’s question, “Putz … has he been overused, is he a little sore, where is he right now?” :
“No, he’s in good shape. I don’t think anybody’s been overused. I think what happens is a lot of times, early in the season, because guys get in games, but people forget that there’s off days … you know there’s off days so they say ‘well he’s been in this many games and this many times and he’s gonna be wore’ … But there are times like we’re in now, that you don’t have off days, so those are the days that people kind of get confused on that.”
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