OK. It’s been a long time since I blogged on the Mets and I’m feeling ready to get back into the fray. I’ve missed some important stories such as Al Leiter‘s departure and last week’s signing of Pedro Martinez (which I find to be risky but at least the Mets are being active and actually trying). But today’s news on Mike Cameron woke me up.
I have a pet peeve about people who suffer injuries and then wait until late in the off season to discover they need surgery. Let me backtrack this story a little bit so we can get the full flavor of what happened here with Cameron.
Cameron sat out the last 2 games of the 2004 campaign with a wrist injury which was suffered in the third to last game of the season while batting against Montreal. The, during workouts last week, he felt discomfort in the wrist (the left one). It turns out he had cartilage damage and had to have arthroscopic surgery to repair it yesterday. My question is why wasn’t the wrist examined more thoroughly immediately after the season ended? This could have been discovered and remedied much earlier in the off season instead of causing Cameron to miss the first month of the season (he will not be ready to play until May).
To his credit Cameron had surgery on his right wrist earlier in the off season. But when a guy is quoted as saying “My hands bothered me most of last year and I don’t want to go through that experience again” you have to wonder why a more detailed examination wasn’t done earlier.