Mets Walking Wounded – Normal?
Here we are, 14 days into March, and the following Mets have suffered some type of injury:
David Wright, Tim Byrdak, Lucas Duda, Ronny Cedeno, Reese Havens, Ruben Tejada, D.J. Carrasco, Zach Lutz, Andres Torres, Scott Hairston, Pedro Beato, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Robert Carson, and Daniel Herrera.
(Thanks to MetsBlog for the list.)
And I didn’t even include Ike Davis, who caught that crazy Valley Fever.
Terry Collins is at his wit’s end with all these injuries, and I can’t blame him.
What’s your thought? Bad luck? Par for the course?
Chronic – Havens & Lutz top the list. Havens has had back/rib problems since he’s been here. Lutz has had problems with his feet.
ST type Injuries – Torres, Duda & Tejada – normal to have back stiffness or to experience tightness in groin or glutes. Has a lot to do with transition running with cleats. Beato’s tight shoulder falls into this category.
Obliques – This is THE injury that really pisses me off. Its a BS injury created by a relatively new philosophy in hitting whereby the batter generates more power through twisting & torquing his hips.
The PROPER way to generate power is through the legs, not the hips. When a batter generates power with the legs, he stays back and strides toward where the ball is pitched, which increases plate coverage. When a batter generates power with the hips, he reduces his plate coverage and remains susceptible to off speed by pulling off breaking pitches AND screws up his torso in the process.
Are you listening David Wright, Capt.. Kirk, Scott Hairston & Co. Kirk gets a pass b/c he’s resuming baseball activities after a long layoff.
Injuries to Byrdak & Cedeno (knees) come with the territory, the former from age and the latter from lateral movement.
In all, Joe, most of the injuries are minor setbacks that occur in every spring training. However, the oblique injuries gotta go – they are preventable and are caused by a flawed theory that a hitter can develop more power through the over-development of his core (torso) and using the torque in his swing as the primary source of power.
So says, Keith Hernandez, Ralph Kiner & Tommy2cat!!!
Should mention that Schwinden & Lagares have looked good this spring. AND healthy.!
I’d like to see a more scientific evaluation of training methods for baseball players. Perhaps less emphasis on bulking up and more on flexibility. Aqua training could be an area that would allow for both strength and flexibility.
Part of the problem is that the big money goes to HR hitters, so agents and players stress bulking up. It’s a short-sighted approach.