Kevin here, with more bad injury news for the Mets: they’ve placed second baseman Jose Valentin on the disabled list with a partial tear in the ACL in his right knee.
According to Valentin, Randolph and Omar Minaya, Valentin will miss 2-4 weeks. I’m not buying it. Valentin missed three months with a torn ACL in 2005 and, after coming back for the Dodgers in September, shut himself down because he was uncomfortable in his knee brace.
Valentin won’t go to Port St. Lucie for “two or three weeks,” which is when he’ll start running and rehabbing the knee. He’ll spend time there and then go and play a weeks worth of rehab games in the minors. I hate to sound pessimistic, but that sounds like a little more than four weeks to me.
It’s poor timing, too, because May and June were Valentin’s biggest months last year. He really broke out and was playing well over the past two weeks. This is a bigger loss than the outside probably realizes. Valentin isn’t your everyday No. 8 hitter.
Damion Easley will likely see the bulk of the time at second. Ruben Gotay has been called up to fill the roster. He was chosen over Anderson Hernandez because he “was playing well of late” according to Minaya. Gotay, a 24-year old switch hitter, was hitting .256 with 12 runs, 13 RBI, 14 walks and 14 Ks in 23 games for the Zephyrs.
Here’s tonight’s lineup:
Lo Duca, C
Be back later