And So It Begins

After David Waldstein reported in the Bats blog for the New York Times yesterday that Kelvim Escobar “felt some discomfort in his right shoulder” Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports’ HardballTalk is reporting that “Escobar isn’t even able to grip a baseball right now” and may be seriously injured.

Are you kidding me?

Here’s a guy who was out all of 2008 and pitched only 5 innings in 2009. The warning signs were there and the Mets still blew it. Didn’t they put this guy through a heavy physical exam before signing him?

I hope the contract isn’t guaranteed.

1:17 p.m. | Updated : Adam RubinNew York Daily News is reporting that Johan Santana‘s been playing catch with Escobar all week and didn’t notice any ball gripping issues. Throwing is different than pitching off a mound so we’ll have to wait and see.

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