Welcome back, Duaner! After nearly two years on the shelf, Duaner Sanchez will return to the Mets' bullpen tonight to try to recapture some of that magic. A terrific half-season in 2006 was cut short by a devastating shoulder injury that led to a serendipitous chain of events.
We can all hope that Duaner provides a boost, but it's important to note that his injury was unlike any ever faced by a pitcher in known history. There's absolutely no way of knowing if he's fully recovered and if his arm will hold up. It's obviously worth a shot, and the Mets will benefit immensely if he is able to bounce back. Carlos Muniz was sent to New Orleans to make room in the bullpen.
Let's take a look at the active roster now:
Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez-DL
Billy Wagner (closer)