Joel Sherman of the New York Post had the tweet of the day earlier when he said that now is that time of the spring when all of those guys who said that they were in the best shape of their lives are breaking down. I literally lol’d.
Tom Haudircourt has a concrete example of that in Corey Hart, who continues to battle an oblique strain:
“I still get random sharp pains in it when I make certain moves,” he said. “It’s still a pretty big area that’s sore, so they can’t really inject one spot (with cortisone). It’s very frustrating … What’s frustrating is that I was in the best shape of my life and this happened.”
OK, laughing out loud is easier in the abstract than it is when the concept is applied to an actual player. This, in turn, kind of sucks. Obliques are tough injuries. It doesn’t take much to tweak them and then you’re back to square one. Hart is going to be counted on in what looks to be an all-in kind of season for the Brewers, so it’s better that they nurse him along slowly and make sure he’s healthy rather than trying to rush him back.
Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.
Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.
Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.