Good News

Per Fox Sports,

BOSTON (AP) – New York Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez is back with the club and feeling better after being hospitalized for back spasms.

 The team’s prize offseason acquisition was in New York’s clubhouse on Sunday in Boston before the Mets‘ game against the Red Sox. He said “his legs locked up” after Saturday night’s game, giving him a scare and prompting medical personnel to take him to an ambulance on a stretcher.

His back was wrapped as he spoke and he said he was given medicine at the hospital.

He is 12 for 12 in save opportunities, including a perfect ninth on Friday night against Boston, and is 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA in 20 games.

Rodriguez came to the Mets for a three-year, $37 million free-agent contract over the offseason as the centerpiece of a bullpen overhaul.

 

ClosersThis is obviously very good news but I think this is proof that as much of a gamer K-Rod is, he’s not Superman.  I didn’t think this was going to be serious but because of this scare, I think its obvious the Mets Closer role should be a tag team like the ’86 team.  Putz would be happy and Rodriguez would be healthy.

In 1986, the Mets used Roger McDowell and Jesse Orosco in the Closer role, saving 22 and 21 games respectively.  That bullpen was elite and we all know how that season finished.  I think this bullpen has what it takes to be better.

12 thoughts on “Good News”

  1. yea i have a blurb about that in the game thread but man thank god he is healthy. I mean jj isnt bad or anything but krod has been worth every cent so far. Im just curious as to how he is on the mound? With all his moving parts i hope it doesnt bother him

  2. Worth every penny indeed. Also, Bobby 100, as Gary Cohen nicknamed him, has been lights out, but Im concerned that he may burn out come August. He’s a young guy that throws fire, and I hope Jerry handles him with care.

    1. i wouldnt hold my breathe. Maybe you can enlighten me on this QNZ, how has krod been overused? I mean he has only really been used in save situations(2 games non) i mean this guys appeared in over 60 games with the angels..how is he being overused so far?

      1. Dirty, may be a misunderstanding but Bobby 100 is Bobby Parnell. Gary Cohen came up with it. I kinda like it. As far as KRod, he’s been lights out, theres no question about it, but a guy who throws major heat 4 days in a row on 2 different occassions in one month is obviously more prone to freakin injuries like this. KRod/Putz tag team is the way to go.

        1. oh, yes a misunderstanding indeed lol…i agree with you qnz on the state of the bullpen come the summer the way jerry has been running it.

  3. The tandem is not a bad idea at all. Frankie seems to have adrenaline no matter what the situation is when he takes the mound. JJ seems to need the ‘thrill of the save’ to get those last 2 or 3 mph on his fastball. It’s win-win (until they’re looking for their next contracts).

  4. I dunno, i dont like the idea of a tag team. I dont feel to good about giving JJ so many opportunities in light of yesterdays performance. Lets be honest, even though he got the save, all those balls were hit very hard and had it not been for spectacular D, those would have been hits and we would have lost.

    I do think we should let JJ come in more often to close, and give Frankie a little more rest, but just not often enough that he would get 1/2 the save opportunities or anything close to that. Lets be honest, he has not been that good to deserve it or warrant trust in his abilities to hold a 1 run ball game.

  5. Glad to hear KRod is feeling better after his trip to the hospital.
    Just a comment from a fellow long time sufferer: Yes, I’m sure he feels much better after they gave him some good drugs at the hospital – lol.

    The test is going to be how he feels when they all wear off and he starts to throw a ball. I wouldn’t be surprised if one more time he experiences back spasms, they’ll do an MRI, see what may be going on – if anything.

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