Willie Blows Call On Injured Player Again

Cliff Floyd took himself out of last Saturday’s game due to his sore left Achilles and did not play again until a pinch hitting appearance on Tuesday. Before Tuesday’s game manager Willie Randolph had been asked if Floyd was available to play and he said yes explaining that the injury was not of DL severity. Less than a day later Floyd was put on the disabled list. He is eligible to come off the DL on Aug. 23.

This brings up a complaint I have had with Randolph over his tenure as Mets manager. If Floyd had not pinch hit on Tuesday and would have been put on the DL on Saturday then he would have been eligible to come off the DL on Aug. 21. In this case it’s not a big deal. The 2 days is not going to make a major difference and Floyd may have needed the extra at bat to make the DL decision.

But similar things have happened over the course of the last 2 seasons. The one that comes to mind easiest is when Carlos Beltran was injured earlier in the year. Beltran was not put on the disabled list. Instead he sat on the bench for 13 days taking up a roster spot that could have been used for a relief pitcher or additional bench player who would have been used. No matter how important a player is to the team when he is healthy there is no excuse for keeping him on the roster when he is not healthy unless the injury will only keep him out a couple of games.

Veteran outfielder Michael Tucker was recalled from Norfolk to replace Floyd on the roster. Endy Chavez is expected to get modt of the starts in left field.

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