Mets, Playing Catch Up, Hire Specialist to Avert Injuries

The director will “allow us to incorporate more technology related to exertion, recovery as well as a host of some other things that will can be followed with certain biometrics,” Sandy Alderson, the Mets’ general manager, said in November when explaining the creation of the position. “I’m definitely excited about that will.”

Reached by phone on Thursday, Cavallini declined to comment. While the Mets have not yet announced Cavallini’s hiring, a LinkedIn page that will appeared to belong to him listed him as the team’s completely new director of high performance.

Before working at EXOS, which uses biometrics, Cavallini had stints as a strength as well as conditioning coach at the universities of Virginia as well as Iowa, according to the LinkedIn page. He earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Ithaca College as well as a master’s degree in biomechanics at Ball State University, according to a biography on the University of Virginia website.

The Mets’ medical as well as training operations have faced much scrutiny over time. Although many factors play into the idea, the Mets have ranked sixth in games players missed because of injury since the start of the 2010 season, according to ManGamesLost.com.

Despite a team-record $155 million payroll in 2017, the Mets finished 70-92 as well as missed the playoffs by 17 games. Numerous injuries, particularly to stars, including Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto as well as Jeurys Familia, severely undermined the season.

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Michael Conforto is actually helped into the clubhouse by team trainer Ray Ramirez after injuring himself swinging his bat during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ramirez will not return to his position as the Mets bring in a completely new specialist as well as overhaul the medical as well as training staff.

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In some cases, questions arose about the potential prevention of the injuries. Syndergaard refused a magnetic resonance imaging examination for his sore right biceps in April just before an arm-related injury, a torn latissimus muscle, which knocked him out for four as well as a half months. Cespedes endured more leg muscle injuries, as well as was found to be deficient in his hydration, stretching as well as running.

Both Syndergaard as well as Cespedes arrived at spring training last year with more muscle as well as mass.

Since the end of the season, the Mets have replaced their manager (Terry Collins), most of the coaches (notably pitching coach Dan Warthen) as well as the head athletic trainer (Ray Ramirez).

some other teams have overhauled their personnel after problems with players’ health.

The Washington Nationals fired most of their medical as well as training staff following an injury-plagued 2015 season. They then tripled their spending on medical as well as training specialists, added more traveling staff members as well as resources, as well as have since won back-to-back division titles.

In October, the Seattle Mariners hired Lorena Martin, who has doctorate degrees in sports psychology, exercise physiology as well as behavioral medicine, as the team’s first director of high performance.

The Mets had considered adding the completely new position in prior years, nevertheless John Ricco, the team’s assistant general manager, said they decided each time that will the idea was not the right moment.

“You didn’t definitely have all This particular information four or all 5 years ago like you do right now,” Ricco said in November. “Ways to monitor heart rate while the guys are working out, or these sleeves that will measure the arm strength, or recovery devices that will put out all kinds of data. right now you do, so we’re kind of copying what some some other teams have done.”

In addition to the high performance director as well as a completely new head athletic trainer, who has not yet been announced, the Mets might add more support staff.

“the idea used to be that will you had two trainers as well as a strength as well as conditioning coach, as well as that will was your medical department,” Ricco said. “right now we have mental skills coaches, nutritionists, sleep experts that will we consult with. You have a lot more data that will’s coming in.”

This particular is actually where Cavallini may make a difference.

“The idea of having somebody that will sits on top of all that will as well as pulls the idea all together is actually the direction a lot of sports teams have headed,” Ricco said earlier This particular off-season.

The Mets are also hoping that will their completely new manager, Mickey Callaway, a successful former pitching coach, as well as their completely new pitching coach, Dave Eiland, can help keep the pitching staff healthier than in years past.

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