By Mike Steffanos
Two items of interest for Mets fans on this off day in the schedule: Zambrano's surgery and an interesting Marty Noble Mailbag feature on Mets.com.
AP: Victor has his elbow surgery
Victor Zambrano underwent surgery to replace the torn elbow tendon today. According to the Associated Press:
During the operation, Mets team physician Dr. David Altchek repaired the tendon, removed bone spurs and replaced the ligament.
As you probably already know, Victor will miss the rest of the 2006 season.
Mets.com: Noble's Mailbag full of Milledge
Marty Noble once again answers the questions of the Great Unwashed, and it seems he's had many e-mails looking to either call up Lastings Milledge or trade him. A reader that asked him if he would be willing to "pull the trigger" on a trade of Milledge for Livan Hernandez rightfully earns the wrath of Marty:
I wouldn't even hold the gun on what you've proposed, much less pull the trigger. You want to trade a 21-year-old everyday player who certainly could have a chance to play regularly on the Major League level next season for a 31-year-old -- if his date of birth is accurate -- pitcher with more than 2,000 innings worked.
That is an extreme case of win today and pay tomorrow. Willis is the only available starting pitcher -- if he really is available -- I would accept if I were dealing Milledge ... repeat if I were dealing Milledge.
... Ever since rotisserie baseball allowed the common folk to play general manager, there is a sense of being obliged to make or suggest deals. General managers do more than make trades. Sometimes, they sit back and let young talent develop. See David Wright, Jose Reyes, Aaron Heilman and Bannister.
I can't really blame Noble for getting a little annoyed, but far-fetched trade ideas have been around a lot longer than rotisserie baseball. I atually believe sports talk radio has had more of an impact on this kind of talk, for whatever that's worth. Oh, and the "common folk" reference may have been just a little condescending. Still, I love the way Noble delivers an opinion.
There were some questions on Mike Pelfrey, too. One asked if Pelfrey should be brought up immediately, as he is probably already a better choice than Jose Lima:
No wine before its time. The answer to your question is, because it's not yet time to subject Pelfrey to the challenges of pitching in New York. He might have a better chance than Lima to win one game in May. Give him another month. He might have a better chance than Lima to win two or three.
There's a reason that clubs don't allow fans to vote on personnel decisions, I guess. Noble is correct here. Even if Pelfrey can immediately overcome his recent struggles in 2 of his 4 Double-A starts, time is on his side. The more time you give him to develop, the better chance you have of him being a useful starter for the Mets.
Faith and Fear in Flushing: TV and the Mets
I meant to link to this in my earlier post and forgot. Greg has a really good one today interweaving a tribute to great television with commentary on the Mets.
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