News out of Chicago today has J.J. Putz saying he never took a physical with the Mets before being traded from the Mariners. In fact the first physical he took was the spring training physical that even a dead person could pass.
In an article Putz says “I had the bone spur (in the right elbow). It was discovered the previous year in Seattle, and it never got checked out by any other doctors until I got to spring training, and the spring training physical is kind of a formality. It was bugging me all through April, and in May I got an injection. It just got to the point where I couldnâ€™t pitch. I couldnâ€™t throw strikes, my velocity was way down.”
How do you make a trade for such a high priced player without giving him a physical? What were the Mets thinking?