Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Mack - Last night was so exciting, but the end result could put quite the skids on was beginning to be an exciting run for the playoffs.
Oh, it wasn’t the fact that P Matt Harvey was showing his human side… it was that two of the aging Mets veterans that represent a high percentage of the projected 2015 offense could be on the shelf for an extended amount of time.
OF-1B Michael Cuddyer had a baseball thrown off his wrist and, though the xrays turned out negative, the grip on the bat will still have its limitations over the next 3-5 weeks.
Worse than that, team Captain, 3B David Wright slid hammy first into second base and we all know how long one of them take to mend, even on a young guy (which right isn’t anymore).
Add these injuries to the mash unit out in the pen and it’s getting tougher every night to field a competitive team to get to the playoffs.
For now, Vic Black and Bobby Parnell rehabbed last night in St. Lucie, and, with a little luck, will be back in the lineup latest May 1st.
Right now, I can’t say the same for either Wright or Cuddyer. The smart thing would be to place Wright on the DL and call up Eric Campbell. He, Daniel Murphy, and Wilmer Flores can rotate third base.
As for Cuddyer, I’d wrap the wrist and observe/work on it for around a week before testing it in the batting cage. If that doesn’t work, commit more to the Nieuwenhuis/Mayberry platoon, place Cuddyer on the DL and (in my case) call up Alex Castellanos until things calm down.