June 11, 2007

No mistake in reporting injury

One of the most guarded secrets in any baseball organization is their injury report. Players are protected by the staff until there isn't any other alternative then to place them on the DL, even then teams guard their status and return date until it is absolutely certain. The Mets are one of the most secretive teams in baseball under Omar Minaya, its been rumored that Carlos Delgado slumped due to his elbow, Aaron Heilman has been inconsistent because of his elbow and who knows how serious Moises Alou's leg injury is.

So call me a conspiracy theorist but I just don't believe Rick Peterson accidentally revealed Scott Schoeneweis' leg injury. As protective as they are of such information, I have to believe that the revelation was calculated. If that is the case then the question becomes what were the motives for disclosing the injury.

Is the club protecting a veteran player who is struggling that they see value in, but is losing fan approval so their creating an injury excuse for him if he continues to struggle ?

Or is the club preparing to DFA him and hoping to de-value him with injury concerns so he'll make it through waivers?

If Schoeneweis is committed to the Mets he could use the injury to accept a rehab assignment while he figures out why he is struggling.
As bad as Schoeneweis has looked he has a track record as a tough lefty and may receive interest from other clubs desperate to left handed relief pitchers. But if he's considered damage goods clubs may stay away and he might not opt for free agency.

Scott Schoeneweis revealed yesterday he has been pitching this season with a severed tendon in his left hamstring. While the lefty reliever called it "not a big deal," he admitted it affects the drive from his legs. He likened it to "pushing off on ice."

Schoeneweis, who hasn't had a great season, said he tore the tendon last August and believes he severed it in spring training. Since the tendon will re-grow, the treatment right now is mechanical alterations and strength exercises. He said it's improving. source Mark Hale

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