It’s becoming quite an interesting morning in the wake of the Carlos Gomez-to-the-Mets deal unraveling.
The initial report last night, which apparently came from the Mets, was that the deal fell apart because of Carlos Gomez’s medicals. The Mets, it seems, were worried about his hip.
This morning, however, the Brewers, as well as Scott Boras, Gomez’s agent, came out firing, claiming that there’s nothing wrong with Gomez:
#Brewers GM Doug Melvin: “Carlos Gomez, in my mind, is healthy. There’s no issue. We don’t feel there’s anything wrong with his hip.”
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2015
This, on some level, is semantics. It was widely reported back in June that Gomez had hip problems. He even commented on it himself. This was from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
Carlos Gomez came into Friday 0 for 12 with eight strikeouts against Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann. But the reason he’s out of the lineup for the third consecutive game was a troublesome right hip that’s been bothering him for the past couple weeks.
“I’ve been playing with a wrap around it for the last two weeks,” he said. “I don’t like to (complain) about it, but I haven’t been completely 100 percent. I’d be feeling it running to first base and it got worse, so we stepped back and I’m resting.
“I could play through it, but it’s better to play one or two less days (than make it worse).”
He even had an MRI on it!
Now, some have said the issue was more with his groin, not his hip. And Boras’ use of the term “hip doctor” is curious in that doctors who work on hips are not called “hip doctors,” they’re called “orthopedic surgeons.” If Gomez saw an orthopedist for whatever was ailing him — and something was ailing him — saying that he wasn’t a “hip doctor” may be technically true in some weird corner of the BorasVerse. But it’s also clear that Boras and the Brewers are trying to whitewash the notion of Gomez ever being unhealthy. Both those reports from June and his decreased speed and mobility as reflected in his stolen base and defensive numbers strongly suggest something amiss below his waist, be it his hip or something nearby.
Of course there is more pushback on this:
The more details I get on nixed Gomez trade, the more it sounds as if it became more financial matter than medical matter. Anyone surprised?
— Tom (@Haudricourt) July 30, 2015
Plausible! [UPDATE: More details here]. It is the Mets we’re talking about. But it’s also worth noting that the Brewers — who are no doubt Haudricourt’s source here — have a strong incentive to have the deal fall apart for non-medical reasons. Given the Mets’ recent history the money thing is a believable alibi, but their own motivations can’t be discounted either.
What are we left with? Murk, mostly. And perhaps a new medical specialty known as “hip medicine.” Which I’m sure the doctor who saw Gomez was into way before it was cool. You probably never even heard of it.