Sean Green and Other Injury Updates

According to, Sean Green’s “strained intercostal muscle” is actually a stress fracture of his rib. Like most Mets fans, I’m in no rush to see Green back on the 25-man roster. But why would it take an entire month before someone ordered an X-ray? Things that make you go hmmmm.

Speaking of that routine test procedure, X-rays on Jeff Francoeur’s elbow were negative. Francoeur was hit in the forearm by a 95-MPH fastball during last night’s game. The injury is labeled as a contusion. Jerry Manuel suggested that he would give Francoeur the day off today.

There is no update on Carlos Beltran. However, there was a report that he was fitted with a knee brace “in the hopes of accelerating his rehabilitation, a team official confirmed…”

That sounds sketchy to me, but we’ll get more into that in a future post.

Similarly, there is no word on Kelvim Escobar. Did you expect any?

Speaking of no word, the Mets are mum on Ryota Igarashi at the moment.

Daniel Murphy, on the other hand, is back on the field, playing in “extended spring training” games. I get the feeling, though, that most Mets fans — and Frank Catalanotto — would prefer he take his time getting back.

Finally, no progress has been made on Oliver Perez’s brain, and MLB refuses to allow the Mets to place him on the DL for “detachment and disconnection between mind and body”. Apparently if an injury doesn’t come up on an X-ray, MRI, or psychiatrist’s report, it doesn’t apply. Oh well.

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  1. John May 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm
    Stress fractures don’t usually show up on x-rays. When they do show up, its usually after the injury has begun healing, which takes a couple of weeks.

    I’m in no rush to see Sean Green come back, but this set back isn’t necessarily the Mets Medical staff’s fault.

    Most doctors probably would have diagnosed his injury as a strained muscle and only done the x-ray when the injury wasn’t healing after a couple of weeks. At that point they would have seen signs of the fracture healing.

  2. joejanish May 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm
    John – thanks for the info. That’s why hacks like me write baseball blogs rather than medical journals.
  3. Jason A. May 2, 2010 at 7:57 am
    I am not a fan of Catalanotto, but it would be a mistake to bring Murphy up to replace him.

    Let Murphy get at bats and some work at 2B and LF in triple AAA.

  4. erin May 4, 2010 at 10:37 pm
    Murphy at 2nd base?Really?Murphy in left?Dude get a clue he will cost us games in either of those spots….. AGAIN!