By Mike Steffanos
I'm not sure who's responsible for all these calf injuries to Mets pitchers, but someone's head is going to have to roll here. After Pedro had problems with both calves -- and, incidentally, that right shoulder thing, also -- now El Duque is questionable for tomorrow's start after injuring his calf while running in the outfield at today's workout. Willie Randolph was holding out hope that it might be some sort of bad cramp, but the MRI that Hernandez is undergoing belies that faint hope. Newsday is already calling Hernandez doubtful for tomorrow, quoting the veteran right-hander:
I was sprinting in the outfield, and I pulled my right calf. It's not a cramp.
No definitive word on who might get the start. Candidates are Tom Glavine on 3 days rest and John Maine on normal rest. Although he hasn't started for a while, you might throw Dave Williams in there, too. Since Oliver Perez started Sunday's game, you'd have to rule him out.
Update: WFAN reports that it's likely John Maine will take tomorrow's start if El Duque can't go.
Update 2: Ed Coleman was on WFAN and thinks it likely that Maine will go also. At that point I had enough of MATMD and turned off the radio. Please, if you hear something new please e-mail me or leave a comment here.