For all those wondering why the Mets might keep Jose Valentin over Angel Pagan, I don’t think you have to worry about that anymore.
Valentin is going to NYC soon to receive treatment on a pinched nerve in the back of his neck. He said if an injection doesnâ€™t work and surgery is recommended, he might retire instead of going through a long rehab program in the minor leagues.
“I’m going to be out again for three more months, come down there and get rehab?â€™â€™ Valentin asked. “By that time, it’s already four months into the season. What do I have to go down there and prove? Nobody’s going to give me a contract for two months just in case somebody got hurt.â€™â€™
Valentin said he was diagnosed with tendinitis in his shoulder prior to spring training, but since he started playing the pain became more pronounced and he was re-examined this week.