During the last couple of seasons of Omar Minaya’s tenure, the joke went that the Mets had turned into the Kremlin when discussing injuries. Every time a player was injured, it started off as day-to-day and then somehow turned into a season-ending injury, much like how Soviet leaders would start off with a cold and end up dead.
The Mets under Sandy Alderson promised to be more open about injuries when they happened and not put players under pressure to return early. They seem to have done a good job on the former. Unfortunately what we have seen in 2012 with the latter has not been so encouraging.
Now, it has not been as bad as making Jose Reyes play when he couldn’t swing from one side of the plate. But I think the Mets have rushed players back to the majors before they are ready to perform at the MLB level. Let’s look at some players and see how much rehab time they had before returning to the Mets:
Ronny Cedeno – 8 games, 34 PA
Ruben Tejada – 8 games, 30 PA