Twitter has been abuzz tonight with a rumor about bad Mets news. For over an hour Mets fans debated what the news may be. By 9:30 Sports Illustrated posted a story saying Carlos Beltran has had “minor” surgery on his knee and will miss 8-12 weeks.
Shortly thereafter the Mets released a statement saying Beltran was feeling pain in the right knee he suffered a deep bone bruise in during the 2009 season and had arthroscopic surgery to fix the problem (osteoarthritis). He’s expected to resume baseball activity in 12 weeks. Count Beltran out for opening day since 12 weeks is the day after opening day. And when you include working out and a minor league rehab assignment it’s hard to say when he’ll actually be in the lineup.
But the story doesn’t end there. Beltran used his own doctor, Dr. Richard Steadman, to do the surgery instead of the Mets staff. There’s even a rumor Beltran had the surgery without the Mets permission, risking voiding his contract. This is a major indictment of the Mets medical staff. The players obviously have no faith in the team doctors. This story is far from over.