Just a couple days in to position players reporting, the New York Mets already have some injury updates coming out of their camp. The club provided an update on Johan Santana's WBC bid, and Daniel Murphy had to leave camp altogether. Santana's news is far more positive than Murphy's.
Marc Craig of Newsday said yesterday that the Mets did not grant Santana permission to pitch in the World Baseball Classic. While teams are discouraged from telling their players not to play, they can decline a player's bid when there is an injury concern. Such is the case with Santana.
Santana spent some time on the disabled list twice last season. The Mets do not want to risk Santana injuring himself by competing at a high level this soon. They'd rather him take the entire spring to make sure he is 100 percent healthy.
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News had the update on Murphy:
Side injury for Murphy. Headed back to NY for tests. Alderson estimates out perhaps a week.Later reports have suggested that Murphy has an intercostal strain. The injury can be a tricky one when attempting to predict recovery time. A week seems like a fair estimate, but Murphy could find himself out longer.
— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) February 18, 2013