Dr. David Altchek
For the second straight season, the New York Mets’ closer hasn’t made it past opening day.
Last week, Sandy Alderson told WFAN host Mike Francesa that re-signing the 34-year-old is a “possibility.” And Santana’s agent said on Tuesday that his client hasn’t ruled out re-signing with the Mets.
The extraordinary stresses that pitchers place on the medial (inner) elbow — and the excessive loading of the region — can create inflammatory or degenerative conditions in a number of structures in the area.
A New York Mets doctor is recommending that right-hander Jeremy Hefner have Tommy John surgery. Hefner was put on the disabled list last week. He said he’s been dealing with a sore elbow all season.
John Ricco said before Monday night’s game in San Francisco that Jonathon Niese has been cleared to start throwing again. Shaun Marcum, however, had his right hand examined by a specialist in St. Louis and will miss his next scheduled start Saturday.
Mets reliever Jeurys Familia is scheduled for surgery Wednesday on his right elbow, sidelining a promising young arm in New York’s struggling bullpen.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wright would rest for three to five days. Only time will tell whether the 30-year-old star is ready to begin the regular season on April 1, the GM said on Friday.
Johan Santana will not make his first spring training appearance for the New York Mets this year until mid-March. Sandy Alderson said he didn’t think Santana will miss the start of the regular season, but said it was a possibility.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman has insisted all along the target for Mariano Rivera’s return is 2013. But what if he’s ready this season? Is that even possible?
Rivera said the blood clot in his right calf has cleared up and he is set for surgery on his injured knee.
What Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Tuesday should calm the worst-case fears of the Bronx faithful.
The word coming out of the Rivera’s examinations Monday won’t do much to assuage the fears of Yankees fans.
The Red Sox and the Yankees appear to be competing for more than first place in the American League East. It will be interesting to see how injuries impact the rotation and the standings as the season moves into its final phase.