The Mets’ original thought that Fernando Tatis was done for the year when he separated his shoulder on Tuesday night may still turn out to be true. Or it may have been premature. Tatis has a Grade 3 separation. The treatment will be conservative at this point.
â€œIt means theyâ€™re going to try to rehab it first,â€ Omar Minaya said. â€œIf it doesnâ€™t work out, heâ€™ll have to get operated.â€
But if it works out, Tatis can return to trying baseball activities in two or three weeks. Minaya said that means he â€œpossibly could come back in the playoffs.â€ The GM said the NLCS would be the earliest. Of course, the Mets would have to get there first. And with this bullpen …
The Mets survived another shaky night from the relievers. They used a franchise-record-tying eight pitchers in a nine-inning game. Finally, a player came out and expressed his exasperation with the bullpen. That would be Carlos Beltran. Jerry Manuel didn’t sound too thrilled, either. He jokingly said he would ask Johan Santana for 170 pitches to get through the series finale. But at least the Mets were hitting again.
And Beltran had a large two-way game, standing out in center with an assist and running down Ryan Zimmerman’s drive to the wall with two out and two on in the eighth, and with homers from both sides of the plate. It was only the 18th time in franchise history that’s happened.
That’s a wrap from D.C. for the night. Feel free to chime in with any thoughts.