The issue believed to be holding up the deal between Carlos Correa and the Mets is unlikely to be a priority for the first half of his contract.
It’s the again half of Correa’s agreed-upon 12-year, $315 million cope with the Mets the place an previous ankle harm may doubtlessly turn into an element, in line with a medical expert.
Correa underwent arthroscopic surgical procedure in 2014 to restore a fractured fibula and minor ligament injury, suffered whereas sliding right into a base in the minor leagues, and had a steel plate inserted to assist stabilize his proper leg.
“The fact that this happened eight years ago, and he hasn’t had any real issues with it since usually means that it’s actually holding up pretty well,” Dr. Brandon Erickson, an orthopedic surgeon at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute who has not examined Correa, stated Wednesday in a cellphone interview. “Sometimes with a ligament injury, the ankle can be just a little more unstable than the other side. Sometimes it can lead to a little bit of early arthritis in the ankle, which may be what he’s starting to develop over time.”
Such an issue would present up in an MRI examination, which was a part of Correa’s bodily with the Mets earlier than his deal may turn into official. The Giants additionally reportedly expressed concern over Correa’s decrease proper leg, placing a snag in the 13-year, $350 million deal they’d beforehand agreed to and opening the door for the Mets.
Now, the Mets and Correa’s camp try to work via the issue, with one risk being the addition of contract language to guard the membership ought to Correa’s previous ankle harm sideline him for an prolonged stretch.
“[It’s] something that wouldn’t necessarily have any impact on him for the next three to five years, but if you’re going for a 10-15 year contract, for him, a 12-13-year contract, you can worry just a little bit that down the road, could that creep up and be something that could potentially bother him towards the back end of the contract?” Erickson stated.
Correa’s agent, Scott Boras, insisted final week that the star shortstop had “no current issue,” however that “all the conjecture and evaluation of him has been about physicians using their crystal ball for years to come.”
Erickson, who beforehand labored as an assistant group doctor for the Mets throughout his fellowship and now serves as an assistant group doctor for the Phillies, stated docs performing physicals are in a tough position attempting to foretell how a participant’s well being will maintain up long run.
“Whenever you sign somebody to an over 10-year contract, there’s always an inherent level of risk with anything that’s popped up in the past,” Erickson stated. “Honestly, we can give our best guess, but it is just that — it’s just a guess. So that’s the hard thing with it because you just don’t know.”
Correa has missed simply 42 video games over the previous three seasons, none for something associated to his previous ankle harm. It did come up in September when he received tagged on the space in his decrease leg the place he has the plate, as he later informed reporters it felt “numb” and “vibrating.” But Erickson, who sustained the same harm throughout his school soccer career, stated that was commonplace.