Every time I start buying into the Sandy Alderson Mets being different than the Omar Minaya Mets something happens to bring things back into focus. This time it’s Andres Torres.
Torres tweaked his already hurting left calf during yesterday’s opening day win over the Braves and will be placed on the disabled list. Kirk Nieuwenhuis will be called up to take his roster spot and Ruben Tejada will be moved into the leadoff spot while Torres is on the shelf.
Torres hurt the calf 16 days ago and took some time off. He just resumed game activity on Monday and proclaimed himself ready for the season. Perhaps I’m jaded from the Minaya years but it seems to me that a player saying he’s ready isn’t enough. I don’t pretend to know how the medical and training staff work but I’d have felt more comfortable if someone on that side of the operation would have made that proclamation. If we learned anything from the Minaya years it’s that players, who are competitive by nature and want to get back into the game as soon as possible, should not be taken at their word when they say they’re ready to return.
I really don’t know if this is what happened in this case so I don’t want to sound accusatory. I’m just saying it seems eerily similar to what happened during the Minaya era. And we can’t have that.