Mets, Playing Catch Up, Hire Specialist to Avert Injuries

The director will “allow us to incorporate more technology related to exertion, recovery and a host of other things that can be followed with certain biometrics,” Sandy Alderson, the Mets’ general manager, said in November when explaining the creation of the position. “I’m really excited about that.”

Reached by phone on Thursday, Cavallini declined to comment. While the Mets have not yet announced Cavallini’s hiring, a LinkedIn page that appeared to belong to him listed him as the team’s new director of high performance.

Before working at EXOS, which uses biometrics, Cavallini had stints as a strength and conditioning coach at the universities of Virginia and Iowa, according to the LinkedIn page. He earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Ithaca College and a master’s degree in biomechanics at Ball State University, according to a biography on the University of Virginia website.

The Mets’ medical and training operations have faced much scrutiny over the years. Although many factors play into it, the Mets have ranked sixth in games players missed because of injury since the start of the 2010 season, according to ManGamesLost.com.

Despite a…

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