NEW YORK (WFAN) – Before the Mets opened their four-game series against the Padres, Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson joined WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts to discuss the a number of topics involving the club.
Alderson spoke about the devastating injuries to Jose Reyes, Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy. “No, I don’t conclude there’s a black cloud hanging over us. It’s unfortunate these things happen and you’ve got to move on. It’s part of the game,” he mentioned.
He believes that Murphy will likely miss the remainder of the season. “Doctors are estimating 6-8. If you look at the calendar, that’s about what we have left in the season. I think for all intents and purposes – it’s about next year for Murph,” Alderson said.
Alderson responded to speculation on which position Murphy will play next year and mentioned Murphy’s preference to play second base.
“Just a few days earlier Murph had a conversation with Collins and was committing himself to working hard all winter at second base. I don’t know whether this changed his mind or not but Murph is one of those guys who has probably suffered from his versatility,” Alderson recalled.
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The interview took place before the announcement that Reyes would be placed on the DL but Alderson compared the injury to one suffered a month earlier.
“The injury is roughly the same in terms of degree as the previous one was and that took two or three weeks to heal,” he explained.
Alderson was asked about the effect of Reyes’ injury on contract negotiations and revealed that there were many factors involved in negotiations. The Mets’ GM urged importance is on how Reyes finishes the season.
“It would be silly for me to say his injuries aren’t a factor but one of many. I would hesitate to quantify how important (the injury) is. Let’s see how the rest of the season plays out.”
As for Ike Davis who is definitely out for the season, Alderson detailed Davis’ recovery schedule. “At this point he’s essentially shut down for a while and let’s just not push it. Let it heal and see where we are. There’s really no road-map for this one. ”
Alderson also chimed in on Johan Santana’s recovery and whether he would pitch in a big league game this season. “I think it’s 50/50 at this point,” he stated.
Before he signed off from the discussion, Alderson also gave his verdict on the progress of some of the Mets’ prized pitching prospects and when fans can expect to see them at Citi Field.
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