Eight, apparently, is not enough. Not for the Mets at least.
Carlos Beltran today became the ninth Met on the disabled list. The bone bruise in his right knee that cost him a couple of games in May has gotten worse. A MRI exam today revealed the extent of the injury.
The team will be without his services for at least 15 days and possibly longer. Asked if the Mets might wait until after the All-Star break to activate him, Omar Minaya said that was something the team would have to consider. The All-Star break doesn’t end until July 16, 25 days and 20 games from now.
At least Beltran’s injury won’t hurt the team. He was barely a contributing player. No, wait, my mistake, he was the best player on the team. Beltran led them in homers, RBI, and OPS. He and David Wright have essentially been the only two pillars in an extremely unstable lineup. Now the weight falls entirely on Wright. (Do you think Wright feels like the he’s on the set of Final Destination 4? Some mysterious force is sucking down everyone around him and he knows he’s going to be next. Be afraid David.)
Beltran joins regulars Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes, John Maine, Oliver Perez, J.J. Putz, and Billy Wagner on the DL. Ramon Martinez and fellow outfielder Angel Pagan are there too.
Fernando Martinez will take Beltran’s place on the major league roster. He and Jeremy Reed will likely split duties in centerfield. Reed is there for tonight’s game against St. Louis.