Mets’ Dominic Smith is ‘healthy’ and says he will never play injured again

PORT ST. LUCIE – Buck Showalter said so earlier this week Dominik Schmidt became un-Dom-like last season.

It turns out the Mets first baseman/left fielder had a good reason for that: a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Smith said on Friday it was important to him to play through the injury and not make a big deal out of it – he also played through wrist and groin injuries that were previously revealed – but that he wouldn’t make the same mistake again in the future.

“I’m glad I’m healthy now,” Smith said. “That’s probably something I won’t do in the future, play [through] Stuff like this because I wasn’t able to play through it well. But I’m just glad I’m here, I’m glad the Mets still appreciate me, and I can’t wait to get out there and play.”

A potential offseason trade pick, Smith still played in 145 games last season but hit just .244 with 11 home runs and 84 OPS-plus (100 is the league average). 2019-2020 was a stretch as he hit .299 in 139 games with 21 home runs and 150 OPS plus. While Smith said he also struggled with chasing bad pitches last season, the partially torn labrum also affected his swing follow-through.

Dominik Schmidt
Dominik Schmidt

“If you guys watch videos, I would end my whole career with one arm,” he said. “But last year, as you could see after the first month, I started to end up with two arms. That’s because I had them [subluxation] in my shoulder

Smith said he didn’t get an MRI to see if the labrum had fully healed. But he looked very healthy as he hit two home runs from Max Scherzer in a simulated game on Wednesday.

The injury – first reported by – did not require off-season surgery but instead required a mix of rest and physical therapy to strengthen the area around her.

Showalter said Friday he hoped Smith would handle a similar injury situation “differently” if it happened again, but credited him with not using it as an excuse.

“Of course, if I’m in pain, I’m not going to try to push it,” Smith said. “But it’s just something as a little kid, my dad always taught me if you can play, if you’re not injured to the point where you need surgery then you should go out there and perform. That’s something that has always stuck with me. I heard about Wally Pipp and this story so it’s always stuck in my mind.

“But obviously it affected my game too much last year and I’ll be smarter about it going forward.” Mets’ Dominic Smith is ‘healthy’ and says he will never play injured again


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