Coming off a third consecutive injury-plagued season, the Mets plan to make just one modification: Mike Herbst, formerly the team's assistant athletic trainer, will be reassigned to the position of Minor League training coordinator. Herbst will swap jobs with Brian Chicklo, who will join the Major League staff.
"We just felt it was an opportunity that Brian deserved," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said.
After the regular season, Alderson said he planned to review his medical and training staffs to see if there was "anything systemic that we need to deal with." Alderson admitted at the time that he was aware of "the Mets' lore regarding injuries, and now I've experienced it personally."
But no overhaul is in the works after a summer that saw shortstop Jose Reyes, third baseman David Wright and first baseman Ike Davis, among others, all miss significant time due to injury. That has become a trend in recent years for the Mets, who adopted the motto "Prevention and Recovery" after a 2009 campaign that saw nearly every regular player suffer injuries.
Head trainer Ray Ramirez has held his position since 2004.
Herbst had been the club's assistant trainer since 2001, spending the previous four seasons as Minor League training coordinator. Replacing him on the big league staff will be Chicklo, who has spent the past nine years as a Minor League trainer and was named Pacific Coast League Trainer of the Year with Triple-A New Orleans in 2008.
Despite calls for an overhaul from some fans, the Mets made just one change to their medical and training staffs last season as well, dismissing strength coach Rick Slate and replacing him with Brad Andress.