With David Wright, Mets GM Omar Minaya finally listening to doctor's orders
Monday, August 17th 2009, 4:00 AM
Mets third baseman David Wright gets hit by pitch on Saturday and is placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.
You can't say the Mets got this one wrong, anyway.
But let's face it, if they hadn't figured out that David Wright should at least go on the 15-day disabled list, as he sat at home Sunday with "post-concussion symptoms," all hope for this franchise would have been lost.
At least it appears they learned a lesson from the Ryan Church fiasco of last year, basing their decision-making on the advice of doctors rather than on the player's desire to return. In fact, between the front office making a smart decision and the organization's overhyped wonder boy, Daniel Murphy, beating the Giants, 3-2, with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth, this was a day to resurrect hope, for next year, anyway.
Of course, even on their good days it's never simple with the Mets. For a long time Sunday it seemed they might be headed for another PR disaster, with Jerry Manuel leaving open the possibility that Wright could come back quickly from a concussion, at least partly because he is tougher than Church.
"David is a different animal, so to speak," was the way Manuel put it.
Ouch. Any more questions about why Manuel seemed to have his differences with Church this season?
This was before Sunday's game. At the time, GM Omar Minaya was not available to the media, and Manuel, perhaps unfairly, had to answer questions regarding Wright's condition.
He knew only that his third baseman was at home, released in the morning after spending Saturday night in the hospital, the result of being beaned by Matt Cain on Saturday.
Manuel wasn't lobbying for Wright to return. He said the decision was basically out of his hands, but he probably should have left it at that, deferring all questions regarding Wright until later in the day after Minaya conferred with doctors.
As it turned out, Minaya did announce after the game that he had spoken to Wright as well as the doctors, saying that Wright tried to talk him into avoiding the DL.
Whether that was the plan all along, or the Mets sensed the need to act quickly after Manuel had said he would give Wright "the benefit of the doubt" regarding a return to the lineup, well, with the Mets anything is possible.
It's not like they haven't earned their badly scarred image as a logic-challenged organization. Factor in all the medical missteps and PR nightmares the Mets have created for themselves the last two seasons, and they get no benefit of the doubt in these cases.
But rather than going public with caution at all costs regarding Wright, Manuel made it sound like a matter of toughness.
After pronouncing Wright a "different animal," the manager continued. "How he is made up is a little different than, say, Ryan Church, in my opinion."
Manuel, perhaps realizing how cold that sounded, quickly added, "Not to say one is better than the other."
But it was too late to soften the blow. More than once Manuel denied having any problem with Church, but surely his comment was revealing.
Maybe that's why he felt the need to push Church, going all the way back to spring training when he declared young Murphy already a better hitter and said he didn't think Church's post-concussion problems were a factor in his late-season woes at the plate.
Still, it seems to be a harsh opinion, especially for a deep thinker such as Manuel. He indicated that he became frustrated by the mixed signals Church gave about playing after the concussion last season, and perhaps Manuel's macho attitude toward such matters is the result of his own experience.
The manager related how he was hit in the head by a pitch while in Triple-A, that he spent a night in the hospital, but talked his way back into the lineup the next day or so.
"I wasn't a good hitter," Manuel said with a laugh, "but if I had fear, I knew I wouldn't be able to even compete. So for me, the whole thing was to get back to the plate regardless of what was going on."
Of course, that was some 30 years ago, and surely everyone in sports is more educated about the dangers of concussions these days. In any case, unless there is more to Church's situation than we know, it hardly seems fair to essentially label him as soft for the problems he experienced after the concussion - especially since the Mets allowed him to fly with the team from Atlanta to Colorado the next day.
Perhaps Manuel was only trying to make the case that Wright wouldn't automatically suffer from the same post-concussion problems as Church, and that may be true.
Wright is a gamer, all right, but, if anything, the Mets need to protect him from his own desire to play at all costs here, especially considering the state of their lost season.
Fortunately, the front office seems ready to do that now. Maybe there is hope yet for the Mets.
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