Mets' Alderson to miss GM meetings for medical procedure
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson will miss the annual GM meetings to undergo an unspecified medical procedure, a week after fainting during a news conference at Citi Field.
Mets assistant general manager John Ricco made the announcement Monday at the start of the four-day session.
''He had a medical procedure that was scheduled after the season ended and because of the playoff run it got pushed back, kept getting pushed and pushed, and obviously for good reason,'' Ricco said. ''And so he's going to have it done this week.''
Alderson collapsed last Wednesday, and the Mets said he had skipped breakfast and felt lightheaded under the lights of the news conference.
Asked whether the procedure was related to what happened last week, Ricco said: ''I'm just going to try to keep it to that, just respect Sandy's privacy on this one.''
Ricco would not detail whether Alderson was feeling fine.
''He asked me to just kind of keep it at that. At some point, we'll have something more to say,'' he explained. Ricco then added: ''I don't want to portray it, though, as something extremely urgent about it.''
New York will be represented at the meetings by Ricco, vice president of player development and amateur scouting Paul DePodesta and special assistant to GM J.P. Ricciardi. Ricco said they will be in touch with Alderson to discuss developments.