Mets Injury News: Ryan Church On DL

PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL - MARCH 01:  Manager Willie Randolph #12 assists right fielder right fielder Ryan Church #19 off the field after he and first baseman Marlon Anderson #9 of the New York Mets collided in shallow right field while both where chasing a fly ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a Spring Training game at Tradition Field on March 1, 2008 in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Dodgers 1-0.

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Today the Mets placed outfielder Ryan Church on the 15 day disabled list retroactive to Friday June 6. He’s still been feeling lingering effects from a concussion suffered in Atlanta on May 20.

There’s been a lot of speculation that the Mets botched the situation by not placing him on the DL immediately. Initially I disagreed with that because a concussion requires that the patient be completely honest about the symptoms that they’re experiencing. I don’t think that Church was completely honest when he told the team that he was okay to continue playing.

The problem that I have with the Mets is that they should have put Church on the DL as soon as he told them that his symptoms were recurring. I suspect that the Mets didn’t do that and kept Church on the active roster is because:

  1. They thought that he would be able to resume playing in less than 15 days
  2. They didn’t have faith that anyone in the minors was capable of making a contribution for the big club

The fortunate thing about this is that Church can now concentrate on getting better, not playing better. And the Mets are preparing for the return to the roster of Moises Alou or Marlon Anderson.

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