Well, that was quick. After just two impressive starts, the Mets have placed Chris Young on the disabled list with bicep tendinitis in his pitching arm. Gee, who could have seen this coming?
To make matters worse — or better, I’m not quite sure — this has nothing to do with the shoulder surgery the giant right hander (below) had in 2009.
“It’s actually a completely different spot than any of my issues in the past, which I don’t know if that’s comforting or not,” Young said. “I can say in the past, I’ve never been able to — with what I had last year, the shoulder strain and everything — I wasn’t able to play catch through it. It didn’t get better as I threw the way this has, which I think is consistent with tendinitis.”
This is what happens when a team relies on players who are chronically injured. I don’t know if certain people have bodies that are prone to injury, but history says that players who often injured (Moises Alou and Cliff Floyd, for example) will just keep getting injured more and more. Teams should stay away from players like this — through no fault of their own, they are simply not reliable.
Pat Misch was called up to take Young’s place. He may start Sunday, or Dillon Gee might get the assignment. I was in favor of giving Gee the starting spot over Chris Capuano during spring training. They should give Gee a couple of starts to see if he is the real deal. If so, leave him in the rotation, with Jenrry Mejia eventually joining him in the months ahead. Not that the season’s over, but it’s time to look towards the future. Gee and Mejia might be part of it — guys like Young and Capuano certainly are not.