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Hey, Anonymous Mets Player: Shut Up

As if we needed any more evidence that listening to players' thoughts on roster management is a silly endeavor, today Mike Puma at the New York Post stirs up some classic Post controversy with this bit of reporting about Jose Reyes:

One Mets player told The Post there is a prevailing feeling in the clubhouse that the shortstop is being "babied" because the organization fears a potential public relations hit should the shortstop reinjure his hamstring.

For all the talk of the revitalized clubhouse atmosphere, courtesy of Messrs. Francoeur and Bay, this kind of nonsense is disturbing. I thought everyone was on the same page this year, watching hockey games, playing golf and having one another's back. Apparently not. Questioning the team's admirable handling of the Jose Reyes situation (this spring training, at least) is to be expected of the various old-school tabloid sensationalists in this town -- not of one of Reyes's teammates.

Perhaps the Mets are worried about Reyes prematurely returning from his 2 1/2 weeks of inactivity and re-aggravating an injury due to being out of game shape, and not simply the "public relations hit" they would endure? If a person takes a 2 1/2 week break from training for a marathon, he doesn't immediately pick up right where he left off. Easing back into the routine is the right move, to protect against injury. The same is true here -- conservatism is the prudent policy. The sentiment that he can get hurt in any game is also true. However, in Reyes's comeback game yesterday, there were restrictions on his exertion level, as he was instructed to sprint only to first base (he hit a double yesterday, running hard to first base but jogging lightly into second base). He is less likely to sustain injury in an exhibition than on Opening Day, in a game that actually counts.

The Mets can't win. Last season, there was criticism that Reyes was pushed to hard to return. Now some anonymous fool is complaining that Reyes isn't being pushed hard enough. I won't throw out a guess as to the identity of said fool, but if it's someone from the 2009 Mets (who had a firsthand look at the team's injury issues), well, let's just say that I don't particularly care to listen to anything the fool has to say. Put me in Reyes's shoes right now and I'd be a pretty ornery individual.