Mets Botch Santana Elbow Injury

Johan SantanaJohan Santana is still intent on pitching opening day in Cincinnati on April 6. Jerry Manuel wants Santana ready for opening day. Omar Minaya says that Santana’s elbow is fine. But pitching coach Dan Warthen says that Santana won’t be ready for opening day. Which way is up here?

I’ve written about this before so I won’t belabor the point, its beyond me how the Mets can let Santana continue to pitch without having some medical testing done on his elbow. There are MRI machines in Florida. So this story about sending him to New York for an examination is ridiculous.

I conducted a reader poll this week and 67% of respondants say they feel the Mets haven’t handled this situation properly. It’s time for the Mets to get it together when it comes to player health.

Johan Santana is a warrior and wants to pitch. I realize that after watching him pitch in 2008. So relying on his self-diagnosis to determine a course of action for his elbow stiffness isn’t realistic.

We don’t really know what the story is now. We’ve heard contradictory reports from the coaching staff, player, and organization. Be cautious and don’t take a chance on Santana being off the field for an extended period of time. That’s all we ask as fans.

Author: Dave Doyle

Although I don’t have a degree in journalism, I love writing about the New York Mets. I’m the typical writer without access. My only accessibility to the Mets is sitting in the stands (often the upper tank) and watching on TV like most fans. I’m not a member of the media, just a fan expressing opinions.

3 thoughts on “Mets Botch Santana Elbow Injury”

  1. Why is Omar speaking on behalf of the medical staff and the coaching staff? I feel like I am listening to Jerry Jones…

    I think all Mets fans will agree that they need to be extremely cautious with the most important elbow on the team…

  2. Dave,
    The media “may” be spinning in overdrive to cover injuries this spring. So far we have gotten at least 5 different changes regarding Johan, and at least 4 on Arod and his hip. The stories change more often than a than a 3 days old baby gets changed.. I am sure the players are hurt to some degree, In the age of instant news stories it invites over reporting IMHO. Believe me, I am not saying they shouldnt do their jobs, but I am getting to the point where I am tired of reading moment by moment updates that fluctuate so much.

  3. Robin,
    I agree with you. Back in the day you would have to wait for your morning paper to get the latest update on something like an injury. Now you can just Google the name and find 35,000 articles all saying something sligthly different.
    I think we need to just take a deep breath and hope for the best. We should know more by the middle of next week.
    I still dont understand why they arent getting the tests done. Why not be safe about this one?

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