Are we really shocked by this? It seems the New York Mets can never get a break. There is always something that happens that can potentially put Mets fans on the brink of cardiac arrest. It seems when it a new season rolls around and we’re all gushing about new beginnings, there is that part of us that is waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Well it looks like it is about to drop.
There are about a number of reports indicating that Johan Santana might miss the entire 2011 season due to the lack of progress he is making while rehabbing his left shoulder. It required surgery when they found a torn anterior capsule. Naturally, pitching coach Dan Warthen denies this. Santana was to be doing light throwing, but has been shut down for a couple of days due to soreness.
Santana also denies it. He is either telling the truth or just does not want to think about that possibility. He had this to say to reporters today:
We’re on the right track and where we’re supposed to be. Whoever says I’m not ready is lying.
I still have to go slow, because whatever you want to do, regardless, your arm is going to tell you something else. That’s why this process is real slow.
When it comes to Mets injuries, you can never really be sure if what they are saying is actually happening. Players tend to play the lying game because they do not want to appear weak or fragile. The coaches want to display optimism for the fans. I say just tell us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God.
Should Mets fans be worried? Well, how many fans were actually thinking about 2011 team with Santana on the mound anyway? Some had their doubts he would be back anyway. With a potential pitching rotation of Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey, Jon Niese, Chris Young, and Chris Capuano or Jason Isringhausen, fans should not be too worried.
If the Mets do get Santana back, which I expect possibly after the All-Star break and not June, it will only enhance this rotation. If the team is in play-off contention, him coming back would be great. If not, well, the team was doing fine without him anyway. No matter what happens, I feel everyone on the team should proceed as if they were not getting him back this year.