Omar forgets that Santana had elbow troubles last spring

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In light of Omar Minaya’s comments at yesterday’s press conference, one wonders how closely Johan Santana’s health has been monitored since coming to New York:

In his latest public slip-up, Minaya seemed to forget that Santana, his $137.5 million ace, had elbow problems in February and early March that jeopardized his availability for the start of the season. That happened “such a long time ago,” said Minaya, who added that he “did not remember that part” when asked whether he regretted not giving Santana a magnetic resonance imaging test in spring training.

I’ll leave it to the doctors to wonder whether or not Santana’s bone chips might have been discovered if he had been given an MRI back in the spring.  I can’t help but wonder, however, whether Minaya’s apparent failure to grasp the health status of his team’s most important player isn’t evidence of a larger lack of interest in player health on the part of the team’s management.  Which, you may recall, is not a new question.

It’s one thing to bemoan the injuries when they happen, but are we certain that the Mets are doing everything they can to prevent them?

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.