By Taryn “The Coop” Cooper
Well, that didn’t take long, did it?
The Mets went almost a full game before getting their first “casualty” of the season in Andres Torres. While I had alluded that he might be an injury risk in an earlier post, the “bridge player” as we like to refer to him isn’t providing much of one. In other words, Kirk Nieuwenhuis will be making his Mets debut tomorrow.
Better early than never is the saying right? Oh wait. As per usual, the Plan B is never really much of a plan.
The implication is pretty severe though.
One: Do we have a true leadoff hitter? According to ESPN, Ruben Tejada is filling that role for the time being. Seriously?
Two: Is Kirk Nieuwenhuis ready for prime time? The short answer is “No.” The long answer is “Make sure you condition him better than F-Mart.”
Three: Is losing Andres Torres really going to hurt the team? No, not really. As I’ve said, he is a role player, a guy who more than likely won’t be on the team after this year. But at the end of the day, it’s the first damn game of the season. He’s hurt ALREADY? Oy Vey.
But hey, maybe getting it out of the way earlier and more efficiently is a change for the better. Andres Torres is hurt, so maybe it’s a good sign that a simple role player is hurt first game of the season.
Perhaps a sign of better times to come?
Okay. I’m stretching. I advise Torres to do that with his calf.