Tim Redding's struggles continue. The Mets have shut down Redding with soreness in his pitching shoulder and arm strength issues.
Another serious blow to Redding's chances of making the team. In this weeks The State of the Mets, I mentioned that Redding would make the team, no matter what, but likely as a long reliever. As it stands now, Redding would be lucky to make the roster when spring training breaks.
That doesn't mean he won't be on the team eventually, but he's probably heading for extended spring training.
Steve Popper brings up a good point: Remember Matt Wise? This sounds almost exactly like what happened with Wise, who signed a one-year, $1.2 million with the team before the 2008 season. He was shut down when he started getting a sore arm and ended up pitching in only eight games for the Mets before being lost to injury.
Hopefully Redding, and his $2.5 million contract, will be able to bounce back from this injury and pitch effectively in 2009. Otherwise, that's $2.5 million the Mets have to pay him.