Dr. David Wright Hopes the Mets Have a Plan for Reyes
Dr. David Wright was asked about Jose Reyes’ decision to take swings from the left side the day after being pulled from a game because he re-aggravated an oblique injury. This was the same oblique injury that prevented Reyes from swinging from the left side for most of the week.
Before we go any further, here is the recap:
- Reyes injures oblique
- Reyes returns to lineup too early, but can only hit from the right side
- Reyes re-injures his oblique on Saturday, only David Wright notices
- Reyes is pulled from Saturday’s game
- Reyes takes BP from the left side on Sunday
Pretty sweet, huh? So anyway, what does Dr. David Wright think of all this? Let’s find out, via ESPN New York:
Had Wright not intervened, would anyone else have? Wright indicated over the weekend he didn’t know the answer. It’s certainly debatable.
Even Wright used the word “surprising” when describing his reaction to learning the switch-hitting Reyes was allowed to swing a bat from his troublesome left side on Sunday, the day after being pulled from the game by manager Jerry Manuel once Wright spoke up. The Mets consistently have suggested Reyes can do no additional harm to the oblique area with baseball activity. But with the team idle until Thursday, perhaps giving Reyes some idle time would give the muscle a better chance to heal than allowing relatively uninterrupted swinging.
“I’m not even claiming to be a doctor, or anything of a doctor,” Wright said. “It’s obviously a little surprising. But, again, I don’t know what he’s feeling. And I don’t know what the pain threshold is like. And I don’t know exactly what is wrong with him, or if it can get any worse. Hopefully there’s a plan in place, and hopefully they’re following the plan. But the bottom line is I want to see him healthy in the second half.”
Wright better watch out or Jeff Wilpon might throw him under the bus, just like he blamed Reyes’ calf/hamstring/whatever injury on the Dodgers medical staff last year.