Mets Spring Training Question 11: Infield Wheels
With 11 days before pitchers and Molinas report, let’s quickly examine the #11 question to be answered during Mets spring training: how will the wheels of the right side of the infield heal?
As you know, both Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy — the two men expected to man the right side of the infield for the Mets in 2012 — are coming off serious leg injuries. It’s easy to just assume that a season-ending stint on the DL coupled with a long winter layoff will result in 100% health, but that’s not always the case. Some injuries — particularly serious ones — can linger for a year or more.
The players, their agents, and the Mets officials can talk all they want about their injuries being completely healed, but we won’t know for sure until they get on the field in Port St. Lucie. I have no doubt that both Daniel and Ike will be able to suit up, field grounders, and take BP — but, I don’t know whether their injuries will affect their running, hitting mechanics, or mobility / range in the infield. That last factor in particular could be the most important — if both players have limited range as a result of last season’s injuries, how many balls will get through the right side of the infield?
What do you think? Is this a valid concern? Are you more concerned about another aspect of their game being affected? Post your concerns — or lack of — in the comments.