Man, I want to be super optimistic about 2017 and the Mets. Whoo hoo! No one will get hurt, everyone will bounce back, the team will win 100 games, and a Ride up the Canyon of Heroes will ensue in early November.
But this roster, still not fully complete, is filled with guys who have spent much time in the repair shop. May I elaborate?
CATCHER: Travis d'Arnaud has missed scads of time with a myriad of injuries. Not a good track record. Kevin Plawecki had dizzy spells in 2015, and played like he was dizzy in 2016.
FIRST BASE: Lucas Duda went from having a healthy back to a stress-fractured one. One can only hope this does not recur. His likely platoon mate, Wilmer Flores, has played the game his whole life and not figured out how to slide in to home feet first, leading to a surgery we can only hope was 100% successful. Stay healthy, and this is a very decent platoon.
SECOND BASE: Neil Walker had back surgery. Supposedly very successful, but baseball is a rigorous sport. Time will tell. TJ Rivera never gets hurt - he only hurts baseballs with his bat.
SS: Asdubal Cabrera had a fine season through knee issues. Don't think he is Lou Gehrig, give him off a day every week, and hopefully he'll be fine.
THIRD BASE: El Capitan has the twin challenges of spinal stenosis and coming off neck surgery. Can he still play? Jose Reyes will play when he does not, and has a history over the past several years of missing lots of time with hammys and whatnot.
OUTFIELD: Yoenis Cespedes must not dive into the stands anymore, and he should be fine. Juan Lagares in Spanish means infirmary. Grandy is an aging Iron Man, Bruce is mostly healthy but won't be here, and Conforto is heathy enough, but Nimmo usually misses some time with whatever malady seems to show up for him.
PITCHERS: Matt Harvey is highly encouraged after Thoracic Outlet Surgery, Steve Matz ought to do as well as Familia did after elbow chip surgery, Wheeler says he feels great after 2 years away, deGrom had surgery to relocate his ulnar nerve, and Thor has a little bone chip not removed. Ladies and gentlemen, your Workhorse Starting Five!
BULLPEN: Familia hurt himself in a different way - length of time in 2017 to be missed is TBD. Josh Edgin and Josh Smoker have had serious issues in the past with their pitching apparatus. Eric Goeddel bought another spool of baling wire to keep his arm together. Contrary to most everyone else, Hansel Robles has been a pretty healthy workhorse, and has the great Addison Reed. No Jim Henderson walking wounded need apply.
If this team were a car driver and it had this sort of boo-boo record, insurance would be mighty hard to come by. It is a collectively fragile bunch.
So thank goodness we have the likes of Amed Rosario, Dom Smith, Gavin Cecchini, TJ Rivera, and Paul Sewald, not to mention season-savers Seth Lugo and Rob Gsellman in reserve when the injury bug hits. Hopefully it will be a quiet hurricane season, because injuries really blow.
One can only hope for health for this squad, which will be fun to watch if healthy. But often leaves us in stitches. Can you get injured crossing your fingers?