Despite all of the hard work Daniel Murphy did in the off-season and in Spring Training to be the starting first baseman, it will not come to pass on Opening Day. Murphy suffered a grade one knee sprain in a rundown in yesterday’s game.
It looks to be Mike Jacobs’ role now, with some of Fernando Tatis taking over against left-handed pitchers. It does not appear that the Mets will call up Ike Davis.
Mets fans can’t help but think this might be the start of another year like 2009, when seemingly all of the Mets starters, except Luis Castillo, went on the disabled list. They can only hope it’s an isolated incident and won’t be as contagious as Francisco Rodriguez’s former pink eye incident.
Meanwhile, it looks like Jose Reyes will not be available for Opening Day, either. The report is that he could return to the team as early as the first full weekend of the season. He will probably be placed retroactively on the 15-day DL. That means, by rule, he cannot return within five days of the start of the season.
The good news is Reyes played against some more minor leaguers, went 1-for-5 again at the plate and made a couple of good defensive plays. He also made a head-first slide. So, his rehab seems to be going well.