Fighting over medical decisions is not new for Beltran
In light of the heavy criticism the Mets medical staff received last year, it's tempting to blame the current dustup over Carlos Beltran's knee surgery on the team and to cast Beltran as the good guy. That's certainly the prevailing thinking in the blogosphere this morning.
The players' association filed a grievance Friday to block the Kansas City Royals' suspension of AL Rookie of the Year Carlos Beltran.
Beltran was suspended without pay Thursday for refusing to report to the team's Florida training complex for rehabilitation. The Royals said the suspension would last for 30 days or until he reports, whichever is shorter.
Still, I don't know of any other player that has had two high-profile disputes with his team over medical treatment, so we can't really eliminate the possibility that it's Beltran, and not the Mets, that is the problem here.