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Jose's knee

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According to Mike Francesa of WFAN, Jose Reyes has been diagnosed with tendonitis behind the right kneecap.  He cannot do any further damage, has rejoined the team and is day-to-day.

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From about.com:

What is tendonitis?
Sometimes the tendons become inflamed for a variety of reasons, and the action of pulling the muscle becomes irritating. If the normal smooth gliding motion of your tendon is impaired, the tendon will become inflamed and movement will become painful. This is called tendonitis, and literally means inflammation of the tendon.

What causes tendonitis?
The most common cause of tendonitis is overuse. Commonly, individuals begin an exercise program, or increase their level of exercise, and begin to experience symptoms of tendonitis. The tendon is unaccustomed to the new level of demand, and this overuse will cause an inflammation and tendonitis.

Another common cause of symptoms of tendonitis is due to age-related changes of the tendon. As people age, the tendons loose their elasticity and ability to glide as smoothly as they used to. With increasing age, individuals are more prone to developing symptoms of tendonitis. The cause of these age-related changes is not entirely understood, but may be due to changes in the blood vessels that supply nutrition to the tendons.

Sometimes, there is an anatomical cause for tendonitis. If the tendon does not have a smooth path to glide along, it will be more likely to become irritated and inflamed. In these unusual situations, surgical treatment may be necessary to realign the tendon.

UPDATE: According to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, this diagnosis was originally made Saturday at AT&T Park by ‘a doctor.’  Below is an excerpt from his article published 05/17/09 7:38 PM ET:

{But on the bench Reyes will remain, at least for one more game. For the fourth straight day, Reyes insisted that his calf had improved, but for the fourth straight day, the Mets were unwilling to take a chance. Reyes saw a doctor Saturday at AT&T Park and received a new diagnosis: a mild case of tendinitis in the leg.

Rest was the prescription, along with his now-usual routine of ice, heat and massage.

“I have to be worried about it, no doubt,” Reyes said, rattling off a few contradictions. “It’s getting better, but I mean it’s slow. I don’t think it’s going to be that long before I get on the field.”

Originally feeling the injury prior to Wednesday’s game, Reyes tried to run since then but was met with pain. He has been taking regular fielding and batting practice and could conceivably pinch-hit in a close game, as he did Saturday, but running — a Reyes forte — remains an issue.

“It’s affecting my running,” Reyes said. “I’m not able to run the way I want to. That’s dangerous. If I play like that, maybe I can make it worse.”

“We just have to be careful with it,” manager Jerry Manuel said, expressing surprise at how long the calf has taken to heal, but insisting that Reyes is not considering a trip to the disabled list. “It’s still a little tender.”

Manuel’s only relief is that the Mets are doing just fine without Reyes. In three games against the Giants, the Mets have scored 24 runs, rapped out 42 hits and — here’s the kicker — stolen 13 bases. That latter statistic is a franchise record over a three-game span.

Yet Reyes is missing the party.

“It’s too boring for me to be on the bench,” he said, hardly joking. “There’s nothing to do there.”}

Speaking of future Mets…

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At ESPN.com, Jerry Crasnick wrote about nine prospects who could see the Majors in 2009 and make an immediate impact.  He placed Fernando Martinez at #7 on his list.

There are also industry rumblings that he’s older than 20. No surprise there.

“There’s a lot to like,” an AL talent evaluator said. “But you’ve got to play him every day. He can go in and out of approaches, so he’s not the type of hitter who can play two days, then take a day off, then pinch hit, then take another day off. You need patience with him, and I’m not sure that kind of guy fits in a stretch run.”

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Post game: Dodgers 2, Mets 1

  • The Dodgers completed a three game sweep of the New York Mets defeating them by a score of 2-1.  J.J. Putz (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing the winning run in the bottom of the 8th inning on a sharp single to left by Russell Martin that plated Orlando Hudson.
  • Jose Reyes left the game after grounding out to 2nd base in the top of the 3rd inning.  He aggravated his calf injury attempting to beat the throw to 1st.  Ramon Martinez replaced him at SS and leadoff.  After the game, Met manager Jerry Manuel stated that Reyes’s status for the Mets’ next game, Friday at Boston, was uncertain, but that Reyes would travel with the team to Boston and undergo treatment with the Mets’ training staff.
  • Daniel Murphy made his first major league start at 1B, but his surprisingly stellar defense throughout the game was outweighed by his 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and a double play at the plate.  Murphy left 7 men on base.
  • Met starter Livan Hernandez pitched well, allowing only 1 run on an Andre Ethier sacrifice fly in the first inning, and overall 7 hits and 1 BB in 7 innings pitched, with 2 K.
  • The Mets have now lost 4 consecutive games after starting this road trip 3-0.
  • The Dodgers are 17-3 at home so far this season.
  • It was Casey Blake bobble-head night, and the Dodger third baseman and number 8 hitter thrilled his many fans by singling and walking in 3 plate appearances.
  • Fake President Dennis Haysbert, and pseudo-celebrities Arsenio Hall and Jon Lovitz were seen in the crowd. 000005-dennis_haysbert.jpg
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  • Actor Matthew McConaughey threw out the ceremonial first pitch, but I did not see it so I cannot say whether it or he was high.matthew_mcconaughey-1-we_are_marshall.jpg
  • The probable starters for the Mets’ next game are Johan Santana (5-2, 1.36) and the expected to be activated from the disabled list Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 12.79).
  • Box score courtesy of Yahoo.com
  • I would love to have left spaces between each bullet point, but I am too dumb and tired to figure out how.  Good night!
    NY Mets
    AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg
    J. Reyes ss 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .279
    R. Martinez ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
    L. Castillo 2b 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .279
    C. Beltran cf 3 0 2 1 1 0 0 .370
    D. Wright 3b 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 .362
    D. Murphy 1b 4 0 0 0 0 2 7 .263
    R. Church rf 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .276
    F. Tatis ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .282
    J.J. Putz p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    R. Castro c 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .239
    A. Pagan lf-rf 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .357
    L. Hernandez p 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .143
    J. Reed lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333
    Totals 33 1 7 1 4 3 15
    Batting
    2B – C Beltran 2 (13, J Weaver 2); R Church (7, J Weaver).
    RBI – C Beltran (29).
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – R Church 1, L Hernandez 1, F Tatis 2, R Martinez 1, D Murphy 1.
    GIDP – D Murphy.
    Team LOB – 9.
    Base Running
    SB – C Beltran (7, 3rd base off J Weaver/R Martin), A Pagan (1, 2nd base off J Broxton/R Martin).
    Fielding
    Outfield assists – J Reed (A Ethier at 3rd base).
    DP – 1 (D Murphy).
    LA Dodgers
    AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg
    J. Pierre lf 4 1 2 0 0 1 4 .405
    R. Furcal ss 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .239
    O. Hudson 2b 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .345
    A. Ethier rf 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 .253
    R. Martin c 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 .263
    J. Loney 1b 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .274
    X. Paul cf 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .214
    R. Belisario p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    B. Leach p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Loretta ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .350
    J. Broxton p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    C. Blake 3b 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .287
    J. Weaver p 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .143
    R. Wolf ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .100
    R. Troncoso p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Kemp ph-cf 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .281
    Totals 30 2 9 2 3 4 12
    Batting
    2B – O Hudson (15, L Hernandez).
    SF – A Ethier.
    RBI – A Ethier (30), R Martin (16).
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – M Loretta 1, J Pierre 2, R Martin 2.
    Team LOB – 8.
    Fielding
    DP – 1 (R Furcal-J Loney).
    NY Mets
    IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA
    L. Hernandez 7.0 7 1 1 1 2 0 4.93
    J.J. Putz (L, 1-3) 1.0 2 1 1 2 2 0 3.91
    LA Dodgers
    IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA
    J. Weaver 5.0 4 1 1 2 1 0 3.00
    R. Troncoso 2.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1.69
    R. Belisario 0.1 0 0 0 2 0 0 2.70
    B. Leach (W, 1-0) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.23
    J. Broxton (S, 11) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.29
    WP – R Troncoso.
    IBB – J Loney (by J Putz).
    Pitches-strikes – L Hernandez 93-62; J Putz 28-12; J Weaver 69-46; R Troncoso 28-20; R Belisario 10-2; B Leach 8-5; J Broxton 15-11.
    Ground balls-fly balls – L Hernandez 7-11; J Putz 0-0; J Weaver 8-6; R Troncoso 3-1; R Belisario 0-1; B Leach 2-0; J Broxton 1-2.
    Batters faced – L Hernandez 28; J Putz 6; J Weaver 20; R Troncoso 8; R Belisario 3; B Leach 2; J Broxton 4.
    Game Details
    Umpires: HP–Jerry Meals. 1B–Mike Dimuro. 2B–Dale Scott. 3B–Jake Uhlenhopp.
    Time: 2:56.
    Attendance: 50,761.
    Weather: 78 degrees, clear.
    Wind: 6 mph, out to center.