Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Trachsel out three to six months

The big news of the day is, of course, that Steve Trachsel will miss 3-6 months with a herniated disc.

Sources indicated that surgery is likely, and if Trachsel undergoes the procedure, he could miss at least six months. If surgery is not deemed necessary, Trachsel could miss as little as three months.

General manager Omar Minaya did identify the pool of possible replacements for Trachsel as Matt Ginter, Jae Seo and Aaron Heilman, each of whom started for the Mets last season, and Francisco Campos, who pitched in the Mexican League as well as Triple-A with the White Sox organization. Each pitcher in the pool is right-handed.

Ugghh. Reading that quote, it looks like 6 months. And knowing the way injuries get reported, 6 months is probably the optimistic prediction.

Looks like the Mets will have to hope Matt Ginter can hold down the fort for about half the season until other team's starters become available. If Minaya chooses to make a move before the season begins, he won't have much to choose from. These are the pitchers that may end up on the outside looking in with their current teams and could be had relatively cheaply:

Pedro Astacio, Texas Rangers
Hideo Nomo, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Jimmy Haynes, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Tim Redding, Houston Astros
Carlos Hernandez, Houston Astros
Andy Ashby, San Diego Padres (vomit)

Just pray that Peterson can work some magic with Matt Ginter, although he didn't do a great job last season at all.

On to less depressing news...the Mets made some more cuts

Pitchers Matt Lindstrom, Blake McGinley and Juan Padilla were sent to the minor-league camp along with catcher Mike Jacobs and outfielders Ambiorix Concepcion and Angel Pagan.

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