Q: How severe is Duaner Sanchez’s injury?
A: Too soon to tell. The Mets are saying they’ll know in a few days if he needs surgery. If he does, Omar Minaya said he would be out for the year.
Q: Is Roberto Hernandez the answer?
A: He’s not Sanchez, that’s for sure. The Mets hope he has something left. His ERA is good and he’s still able to punch out hitters. The key to the Mets’ bridge to Billy Wagner is Aaron Heilman now more than ever. He has not pitched well. That’s got to change.
Q: How close were the Mets to making a deal for Barry Zito?
A: Depends on your perspective. All he had to do was say “yes” to Lastings Milledge.
Q: Did they give up too much in Xavier Nady?
A: Their thinking was the bullpen hole was potentially more damaging. They do have enough power to get by, and defensively, Endy Chavez is an upgrade.
Q: What happens in right?
A: When Milledge was up earlier, the thinking was he had to play. However, it is a different time in the season and Willie Randolph could go with a platoon.
Q: What happens with Oliver Perez?
A: He’s 24, lefthanded, and has a live arm. He’s a guy you can build with. He’ll go to the minors, but will get a chance next spring to compete for a job. The Mets aren’t looking for him to help them now.