– Friday night, Mets’ RHP Domingo Tapia burned his left (non-throwing hand) while cooking and was placed on the disabled list. Tapia was off to a nice start for advanced-A St. Lucie. In seven starts, he had a 2.23 ERA. His strikeout (22.5%) and walk rates (10.4%) were unremarkable, but he was not giving up hits – just 20 in 32.1 innings. It’s hard to hit a mid-upper 90s power sinker. Indeed, last week, Mets VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting Paul dePodesta told Baseball America that Tapia was touching 100 mph. I saw 99 mph from him last year and I heard rumors of triple digits. That’s fun and all, but as dePodesta pointed out, it’s better at 96 with more sink.
I’m not very concerned about Tapia’s hand, mostly because it’s his non-throwing hand. Also, in the long run, cooking for himself and his teammates is, burns aside, certainly healthier than eating out every night.
– Lynn Worthy reports that AA RHP Tyler Pill has been shut down for three weeks with a Bennett lesion in his right shoulder. Per Worthy, “Bennet lesion is a buildup or mineralization in a ligament located in the back of the shoulder capsule.” Not all Bennett lesions are painful. One study found 22% of asymptomatic pitchers had Bennett Lesions, and pain is associated with a bony spur. This falls into the category of impingement in the area around the posterior rotator cuff which are not good words for pitchers. This might be nothing and some minor irritation that goes away, but I suspect that Pill will be out for a significant length of time. Even after a three-week shutdown, he’d need a few weeks in the throwing program to build his arm strength back up so he’s looking at 5-6 weeks minimum.
– CF Brandon Nimmo, who was placed on the Savannah disabled list retroactive to May 7 with a hand bruise, took full batting practice over the weekend. He was hitting wearing physio tape underneath a wrist wrap and reported that his hand/wrist felt much, much improved versus a week ago.
There were some twitterers who wanted to be critical for the Mets’ handling of Nimmo in this case, and I just don’t see it. His hand started bothering him around April 20, he tried to play through it for a week, found it affecting his swing because he didn’t trust his hands, and was rolling over balls and couldn’t reach the outside pitch with authority. He then saw a doctor., went through the basic tests, determined nothing was broken, rested, and is now progressing back to game action. Hand injuries have a habit of sapping a player’s bat control and strength, so I just hope he’s given himself enough time to heal.