Last night, the Mets 2010 season got off to a bumpy start. Not only will Carlos Beltran, their star center fielder, go under the knife and will subsequently miss 8-12 weeks (but likely more), he also did it without the Mets blessing.
Here, culled from many different Mets blogs, are some reactions to the news…
Though the Mets should have learned by now to be conservative in their prognoses, I'm not particularly sanguine that Beltran will be running full-speed by the end of the twelve-week timeframe the Mets have propounded. It's probably even-money that he won't begin a rehab assignment until at least the beginning of May, and nobody who has been following this team over the past few seasons would even raise an eyebrow if Beltran didn't return until June.
I honestly thought it must be some cruel Syd Finch-esqe April Fools joke. How could this really be happening to us right now??? It’s only JANUARY 13TH!!!! AAARRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
The 12 weeks spit out by the Mets’ crack PR team is what makes things suspicious, because it takes the blood clot formed by microfracture surgery at least 8-15 weeks to heal — and the number 12 is right in the middle of that range. Mind you, the healing of the clot is only step one of the recovery process. From the research available on the information superhighway, if indeed he had microfracture surgery, Beltran would GET OFF CRUTCHES after 8-15 weeks
I’m also surprised at the number of Mets fans who find it unbelievable that Beltran chose to follow the advice of his personal physician instead of the Mets doctor. Based on what transpired in 2009, why are Beltran’s actions so shocking and unbelievable?
Whatever they plan on doing, it would be unwise to rely on Beltran returning anytime soon, no matter what the reports are.
That’s a bit of a gut punch given the way things went for the Mets last year. And it certainly doesn’t seem like a good omen for 2010. And it’s bad for fans of awesome baseball players in general.