New York Giants reveal uniform lineup for 2021 season

New York Giants, Shane Lemeiux

This season marks the 10th anniversary of the New York Giants title winning season in 2011, and that will of course come with the expected festivities.

One part of that which may surprise some fans, however, is different uniform choices this year. The Giants announced their lineup of uniforms on Monday, and there’s some changes from the normal options with one of them being directly related to the 10th anniversary celebration.

The main change that can be spotted in the image the team posted is that the away uniforms will now include white pants with a red stripe rather than the usual grey.

The Giants are set to debut those pants when they take on the Saints in week 4, before they pull out their Super Bowl XLVI uniform combination once again a bit later in week 7 when they take on the Rams in a home game.

The team’s color rush uniforms also remain and will be used for two games, which are scheduled back to back. That stretch will come during weeks 11 and 12 when the Giants face the defending champions Tampa Bay on Monday Night Football and then take on their divisional rival, the Eagles.

These uniforms are still set to include white pants to match a white jersey as well as an alternate retro helmet with the “GIANTS” wordmark.

The uniforms this season earned a good reaction from Eli Manning, who commented about the announcement on Twitter.

 

What do you think? Do the new white pants look good, or should the Giants have stuck with silver? And do the white color rush jerseys still look good, or should they be blue this season instead?

NASCAR Cup: Kyle Larson ties Denny Hamlin in points standings after win at Watkins Glen

After finishing 19th at Kansas in early May, Kyle Larson sat 9th in the NASCAR Cup Series standings with just one win and a 150 point deficit to leader Denny Hamlin. Twelve races and four more wins later, Larson has tied Hamlin for the points lead at 917 with three races to go in the regular season.

This may not seem significant; however, a scenario exists where Hamlin could miss out on the playoffs if Larson were to win the regular-season points title. If three new points-earning drivers were to score victories in the final three races of the regular season, Hamlin would miss the playoffs unless he beat Larson for the regular-season championship.

“It’s making me keep my form,” Hamlin said after his 5th place finish at Watkins Glen. “It’s really pushing me to treat every race like it’s a playoff race”.

Hamiln entered Sunday’s Go Bowling at the Glen with a 13-point advantage over Larson. However, despite the 5th place finish, Larson took five more stage points than Hamlin and scored the victory to tie his good friend for the Cup Series lead.

“It’d be nice to have a couple of good weeks and get that points lead,” Larson said on his battle with Hamlin coming down to the regular-season finale at Daytona. “I know he’s going to go [to Daytona], he’s going to get stage points, and challenge for the win.

Although Daytona is circled on Hamlin’s calendar as a great opportunity to score a win, Larson has Michigan International Speedway circled on his. He’s won three times in 12 starts at the fast 2.0-mile oval with all three wins coming consecutively between 2016 and 2017.

However, despite being winless this season, Hamlin isn’t letting that bother him as the playoffs near closer.

“It doesn’t worry me,” Hamlin said prerace on Sunday. “It’s just the battle with Larson that I’m focused on……[we’ve] been good. We’ve had crazy stuff happen to us. [We] had a lugnut flying in the air at Loudon, taking us out of contention where I thought we had the best car. We’re still consistent, we’re up front every week, we’re top-3-to-4 every week [and] it doesn’t matter what kind of race track”.

Hamlin and Larson’s battle for the regular-season points championship continues on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.

Dwayne Bacon set for reunion with Evan Fournier, Kemba Walker at Knicks

The New York Knicks added Dwayne Bacon to their wing depth after losing 3-and-D Reggie Bullock to Dallas Mavericks.

ESPN was the first to report Bacon’s signing with the Knicks Monday. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. It is unclear if the contract is fully guaranteed. The Knicks are allowed to enter the training camp with a 20-man roster but have to cut it down to 15 and two players under two-way contract for the season.

Before this move, the Knicks have 14 players under guaranteed contract and one two-way player in rookie Jericho Sims. The Knicks have until the opening night of the season to guarantee the salary of Argentine guard Luca Vildoza, who is underwhelming so far in the NBA Summer League.

Bacon is coming off a career season with the Orlando Magic, where he played all 72 games and averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. But he shot only 40 percent from the field and 29 percent from the three-point range.

He played his first two NBA seasons with Kemba Walker in Charlotte while he was teammates with Evan Fournier in Orlando.

The 2017 40th overall pick, Bacon, has looked up to Walker during his time with the Hornets.

When Walker left Charlotte for Boston in 2019, Bacon reflected on the four-time All-Star’s leadership.

“He doesn’t really play video games,” Bacon told The Athletic. “He’s a guy that’s about business. When the season comes around, he’s locked into the season. The task at hand, that’s what he’s locked into, that’s what he’s willing to sacrifice anything else to finish and complete that mission. So when the season always came around, he was always locked into the season. He didn’t really have time for video games. He’d go back late at night at the gym to put shots up by himself. He’s just one of those types of guys.”

Even when Walker was already in Boston, the former Celtics guard frequently checked in with Bacon to keep his spirits up when he was struggling during his third year in Charlotte. Bacon subsequently signed with the Magic a year after Walker left the Hornets.

Now, Bacon hopes to recapture that chemistry again with Walker and Fournier at the Knicks.

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Why the New York Jets should be all-in on CB C.J. Henderson

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The New York Jets’ secondary situation is already packed with question marks. They might as well add one with a little potential.

Could the New York Jets find one last present under the offseason Christmas tree?

According to a report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Jacksonville Jaguars may be ready to deal cornerback C.J. Henderson after a single season in Duval County. Henderson, set to turn 23 in September, was drafted ninth overall in the 2020 draft and earned 36 tackles and an interception over eight games in his rookie year.

Several teams are likely set to inquire about Henderson’s services, with New Orleans emerging as an early collaborator. But Henderson and the Jets could be a match that improves the metropolitan outlook in both the short and long-term.

The Jets’ road to recovery from the 2020 season was graced with a cap space surplus. But while Gang Green spent that money wisely…using the funds to noticeably upgrade their receiving corps and pass rush…last year’s two-win effort conjured from the depths of the football netherworld made any kind of instant fix impossible. Even with the windfall, it was a guarantee that some area on the depth chart was going to get the short end of the offseason stick.

One doesn’t need to look at the depth chart too long to see that the secondary, particularly the cornerback slots, was the sacrificial lamb. The Jets are set to go into the season with Bless Austin and Bryce Hall in the top spots (alongside Javelin Guidry in the Nickel) with a hodgepodge of journeymen (Corey Ballentine, Lamar Jackson, Elijah Campbell) and draft weekend Saturday additions (Michael Carter II, Jason Pinnock, Brandin Echols, Isaiah Dunn) set to back them up.

Henderson could already be a crucial turning point of his NFL career: chosen in the top ten of the virtual draft, the Florida alum was expected to fill the void that Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye left behind. He lived up the hype early on, earning an interception and three pass breakups in the Jaguars’ opening weekend win over Indianapolis. But after inconsistency and injuries swallowed up the rest of his freshman campaign and Jacksonville may already be cleaning house from the Doug Marrone/Dave Caldwell era.

If Henderson were to move on from one new regime (Urban Meyer/Trent Baalke) to another (Robert Saleh/Joe Douglas), he’d give his new tri-state area employers some strong man coverage experience. Henderson’s targets drew a sub-75 passer rating in three of his first five contests (including 24.1 in the aforementioned debut against the Colts). Saleh’s new schemes are set to put a focus on zone endeavors, but a little diversity never hurt.

The Jets are packed to the brim with questions at the cornerback spots. Henderson doesn’t solve the Jets’ experience issue at cornerback…special teams ace Justin Hardee is the only one listed with at least four years of NFL experience…but there’s a healthy amount of proven potential around him from his days with the Gators. With the unproven Saturday picks Austin and Hall (23 starts over a combined three NFL seasons) set to play major downs, the Jets could use someone with a little bit of upside, especially one with the potential to contribute in both the short and long-term future.

For one thing, it’s not like character issues or unreasonable demands are playing a role in Henderson’s possible departure. Unlike many early divorces between a team and its primary picks, there appears to be no ill will between him and the Jaguars. Henderson’s Jacksonville career could become a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, as the Meyer-Baalke duology might simply be purging big picks from the Marrone-Caldwell cabinet (especially because they used a second-round choice on Tyson Campbell). Entering his second season and with a decent enough rookie season (he was tied for fourth amongst rookie cornerbacks with six breakups despite missing half the year), Henderson’s early semi-redemption story is one that the Jets can afford to ghostwrite.

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

If the Jets do opt to enter the potential Henderson sweepstakes, the question then turns to the price tag. Including Jamison Crowder in hypothetical trades went out of style after restructuring his deal, but the Jets’ stockpiling of future assets could come up big if they’re looking to make a late summer splash.

Douglas has built a solid savings account over his three years as the Jets general manager. The Jets currently occupy 13 spots on the 2022 draft board, but quantity doesn’t always equal quality…the Jets learned this less the hard way through the (John) Idzik dozen.

Ideally, the Jets will see several individual breakout seasons that leave several roster holes filled for their long-term future, thus making several of those choices expendable.

The Jets, unlike other suitors, have plentiful draft capital to work with, football currency that can be used immediately. The unusual situation of trading a top ten after his debut year could raise the price tag, but that still works in New York’s favor: seven of those picks come in the first four rounds. Dealing away the last first-round choice gleaned from Seattle’s Jamal Adams deal is probably off the table, but the extra second-round choice from Carolina (in exchange for Sam Darnold) could come up big.

Henderson isn’t the proverbial “one move away” to a playoff appearance, but is an affordable piece (just over $16 million left on his rookie deal over the next three seasons) that is blessed with big-play potential. The team is still in the midst of a rebuild, but late moves have raised the immediate promise of this group. A playoff appearance would still be too much to ask for…especially with the budding divisional dynasty brewing in Buffalo…but adding Henderson would definitely push them a few steps forward. They were able to do that on offense when they addressed the neglected right side of the offensive line and signed Morgan Moses in July. Henderson can help the Jets feel better about one of the more exposed areas on the roster.

It’s rare the Jets can take advantage of an early parting between a top ten pick and his original employers. They have the resources and the need…now’s the time for action.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Too Quick, Too Hot: Quickley lifts Knicks past Pacers in NBA Summer League

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After a jittery start to his first NBA Summer League, Immanuel Quickley got the perfect advice from New York Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau.

“Just be yourself,” Quickley revealed.

And he looked like the Quickley that the Knicks have stolen with the 25th pick in last year’s NBA draft and was named to the All-Rookie NBA Team.

After a brutal 5-for-17 shooting in the Knicks’ 89-79 loss to the Toronto Raptors Sunday, Quickley bounced back strong with a game-high 32 points built around 11-of-21 field goals.

He was perfect six-for-six from the line and added eight assists against a single turnover. The guard out of Kentucky also had two steals in a solid game on both ends of the floor.

“Last game, I was kinda trying to find my way and get everybody involved,” Quickley said. “In this game, I’m kinda trying to do both but just a little bit more aggressive, help my teammates and be more of a leader.”

Quickley did much of the damage in the second half, dropping 23 points and six assists where the Knicks outscored the Pacers by 11 points.

Obi Toppin, who fed off Quickley’s point guard play, had another strong outing with 22 points and nine rebounds but had five turnovers.

Toppin started the game aggressively but a little bit out of control. He committed four of the Knicks’ 10 turnovers in the first quarter and missed three baskets around the rim, including a flubbed dunk in his first attempt. But once he got settled and played in the flow of things, the sophomore forward was a wrecking ball.

Two days after the Knicks lost to Atlanta Hawks in the first round, Quickley and Toppin were reportedly back in the gym.

“That’s what the Knicks culture is — working hard, enjoying the work, and getting better,” Quickley said. “We’re really excited for the Summer League team. We’re really excited for the next season. We just want to continue to get better and take the steps to move forward.”

The Knicks have prioritized getting Quickley more reps as a point guard in his first Summer League play. So far, the 4:1 assist-to-turnover ratio had been impressive. He said he’s looking forward to soaking in more lessons from Derrick Rose and the newly acquired Kemba Walker.

Meanwhile, fan-favorite Jericho Sims stayed perfect in the NBA Summer League with an eight-point, nine-rebound effort. He was 4-for-4 from the field after going 6-for-6 in his debut. Sims, who signed a two-way deal reportedly for two years per Keith Smith of Spotrac, has been a revelation.

“He played phenomenal running the floor and catching lobs in traffic,” freelance NBA scout Tony Coleman told Empire Sports Media. “He’s playing solid defense on the other side of the ball. He’s definitely a steal in my humble opinion.”

Coleman is in Las Vegas for his scouting trip.

Meanwhile, Lithuanian guard Rokas Jokubaitis, the Knicks’ 36th pick, finally made his Knicks debut contributing three points and one assist in nine minutes.

Jokubaitis, a healthy DNP in the Knicks’ first game, was given more run this time than Luca Vildoza. Knicks Summer League coach Dice Yoshimoto even experimented with a three-guard lineup featuring Jokubaitis, Miles McBride, and Vildoza, who went scoreless in four minutes but managed to grab a rebound and one steal.

The Knicks’ first-round pick, Quentin Grimes, had another rough shooting game with six points on 2-for-10 shooting in almost 35 minutes. Matched against NBA Draft Day target Chris Duarte, Grimes committed five fouls. Duarte had a solid debut filling up the stats sheet with 14 points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two shot blocks. The 24-year old Duarte played with so much poise and shot 4-of-8 from the field, including 3-for-7 from deep.

The Knicks’ other second-round pick, McBride, put an exclamation point to their win and his impressive game with a dunk.

With Thibodeau in attendance, McBride showed the toughness and tenacity that made the Knicks coach fall in love with his game. He scattered 14 points (5-of-7 from the field), three rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

On Wednesday, the Knicks will return to action against the Los Angeles Lakers at 10 pm ET on ESPN2.

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‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley being treated like ‘S–t’ by the UFC

Sean O'Malley

Add Sean O’Malley (14-1) to the list of fighters that have vocally expressed frustrations with the UFC. The budding star appeared on his podcast recently where he talked about declining a fight offer from the UFC.

The promotion apparently wanted O’Malley to appear on their November PPV which is scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden. Whenever the UFC goes to MSG, they usually try to have a massive card for the event.

UFC 268, scheduled for November 6th, is supposed to take place at MSG. The promotion offered O’Malley a fight on the card, but due to a number of different circumstances, O’Malley had to turn down that specific date. One of the main reason’s was that his coach had a prior engagement.

O’Malley said things took a turn when he declined the date. He elaborated by saying, “Dude, I don’t wanna fight in New York. It’s far, the taxes are ridiculous, and Tim (O’Malley’s coach) has no-Gi ADCC trials that weekend. He told me that before I even potentially had a fight. So, that’s his thing and I’m not gonna say, ‘No. I have a fight, we’re doing it.’ Especially when I could fight like a month later in Vegas.” (Transcription from MMA Fighting)

Issues with UFC matchmakers

O’Mally said that UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby didn’t love the fact that he turned it down. He continued, “And Sean Shelby was just like, mad and like, ‘Fine. Go hang out with 6ix9ine’. Just acting like a f*cking tool, dude. I don’t know if I should’ve said that or not. But it’s like, dude, come on.”

O’Malley continued, “Don’t treat me like that. Like, act like I’m not training or nothing. ‘Go, you’re hanging out with 6ix9ine, dude’. Like, I’m hung out with him once. Well, three days. But yeah, so, it’s like, cool, dude. Treat me like a piece of sh*t. No, it’s like, dude, I would rather not deal with him at all and just deal with Dana.”

It’s widely known that the bigger UFC stars deal directly with either Dana White or Hunter Campbell. The mid-tier fighters usually only deal with the UFC matchmakers and it appears that O’Malley was still dealing with Sean Shelby.

O’Malley has superstar potential for the UFC and my guess is that he’s going to end up coming out just fine from this. With his social media presence and connection to big stars, the promotion would be wise to get behind the rising bantamweight contender.

Ultimately, this situation will iron itself out and the promotion will likely get O’Malley on the books for a December PPV. However, this is just another instance of a top UFC fighter being vocally frustrated with the promotion

How does Francis Ngannou fare against Ciryl Gane after UFC 265?

Francis Ngannou

This past Saturday at UFC 265, the interim heavyweight title was on the line. The undefeated Ciryl Gane (10-0) was taking on heavyweight knockout artist Derrick Lewis (25-8, 1 NC) in Lewis’ hometown of Houston, Texas.

An extremely interested observer on Saturday night was the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou (16-3). Ngannou just won the title back in March when he knocked out Stipe Miocic.

After the win, he took some time to visit Africa and didn’t arrive back in the US to start training until June. The UFC wanted Ngannou to turn right around and face Lewis in Houston to headline UFC 265.

Ngannou said he would fight in September, but turned down the August fight because he would only have six weeks to train. As a result, the UFC made an interim title and put Ciryl Gane in there with Derrick Lewis.

Gane is a former teammate of Francis Ngannou. The Frenchman completely dominated Lewis on Saturday night to become the interim UFC champion. Ngannou had a simple message for Gane after the fight, “See you soon boy

How does the UFC champ fare against the interim champ?

Ciryl Gane is a nightmare for most heavyweights in the UFC. Gane has a complete skillset and brings a level of athleticism that’s very rare for the heavyweight division. He’s incredibly long and he’s light on his feet like someone in the middleweight division.

The UFC commentators talked about the fact that he will be a problem for Francis Ngannou. That said, I believe that Francis Ngannou is the only guy who can bring all this Ciryl Gane talk to a screeching halt.

While Derrick Lewis holds a win over Francis Ngannou, the two are not on the same level. Ngannou is very fast, extremely strong, and he’s very long. In fact, his reach is a couple of inches longer than Ciryl Gane’s.

The champion has the ability to close the distance fast enough and he’s long enough to land the power shots that Lewis simply couldn’t. Nobody should take the UFC 265 fight between Lewis and Gane and apply it to breaking down the fight with Ngannou.

Ciryl Gane just might have the perfect style to stifle the champion. However, if there’s anyone in the division who can catch Gane and put him to sleep, it’s Francis Ngannou. Going into their fight, I believe that Ngannou should still be the favorite, and I personally would still bet on the UFC heavyweight champ.

New York Yankees: Yankees take on the Royals tonight, here’s the preview

New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

Tonight the New York Yankees will start a 3-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The Yankees will hope for a win to continue their run of winning their fourth series in a row. The Yankees since July 6th are the winningest team in all of baseball. The Yankees are 61-50 and are in third place in the AL East. The Kansas City Royals 48-62, in fourth place in the AL Central. The Yankees have won eight of their last ten games.

Tonight, August 9th, 8:10 pm EDT:

Tonight Carlos Hernandez will take the mound for the Kansas City Royals. Hernandez is a righty that is 3-1 on the season with an ERA of 4.58 with 48 strikeouts. He has pitched in 16 games, 4 of them as a starter. The Royal has won his last three starts. He is coming off a 9-1 win of the Chicago White Sox when he went 5 innings with one home run spoiling his outing.

Hernandez will face the Yankee’s, Jameson Taillon. Taillon is a righty that has a 7-4 record with an ERA of 4.04 with 108 strikeouts. The Yankees have won six of his last seven starts. He is coming off a win over the Miami Marlins, where he did not give up a run. Taillon was named the July pitcher of the month.

Tuesday, August 10th, 8:10 pm EDT:

Tuesday night’s game will pit lefty against lefty as Daniel Lynch takes the mound for the Royals. Lynch is 2-3 with an elevated 6.00 ERA and 20 strikeouts in six games, 3 of them as the starter. He is coming off a win against the White Sox when he got the win going 5 innings, giving up one run. No Yankee has ever seen Lynch pitch, except on video.

Lynch will face the Yankee lefty Nestor Cortes Jr. Cortes is 0-0 with an ERA of 2.14 and 41 strikeouts. Cortes has been the main starter replacing both Corey Kluber and Gerrit Cole, and although he has no record, he has done a great job for the Yankees. The Yankees have won four of his last five games and all of his starts. He is coming off a game against the Mariners where he gave up 2 runs in five innings of work. Cortes will have to be careful with Alberto Hanser, who has 2 hits off him in 3 at-bats.

Wednesday, August 11th, 2:10 pm EDT:

Brady Singer will start Wednesday’s matinee against the Yankees. He is a righty that is 3-7 with an ERA of 5.13 with 92 strikeouts. Singer will start his 19th game of the season after not pitching since July 17th due to right shoulder fatigue. He will have to be extra careful of Joey Gallo, who has three hits off him in four at-bats with one home run.

The New York Yankees have not announced a starter for the Wednesday game and likely won’t until the day of the game. It will be according to who is available and not on the Covid list.

All games will be televised on the YES Network and Bally Sports KC. Tuesday and Wednesday will also be on MLBN out of market.

What’s next for Derrick Lewis after coming up short at UFC 265?

This past Saturday at UFC 265 in the main event, the interim heavyweight title was on the line. Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis (25-8, 1 NC) was fighting in his hometown as he was taking on the undefeated Ciryl Gane (10-0).

The winner of the interim title would earn a shot at the undisputed UFC champion Francis Ngannou (16-3). Going into UFC 265, the game plan was pretty obvious for both men.

For Derrick Lewis, it was going to be about finding that one shot that would put Gane out. Lewis has ungodly power in his hands and he’s proven that he just needs to hit you one good time for the show to be over.

For Ciryl Gane, it was going to be about being elusive and striking from the outside. Well, one of those game plans was executed perfectly. The fighter who executed perfectly at UFC 265 was Ciryl Gane.

Gane kept Lewis on the outside all night long. Lewis never really got close to landing anything significant and it was domination from Gane. Gane ended up stopping Lewis in the third round.

What’s next after UFC 265?

This is a tough one to swallow for Lewis who was fighting for the UFC title in his hometown. All week long, Lewis talked about how much pressure was on his shoulders to perform in front of his friends, his family, and his city.

To be completely honest, I think the moment got to Lewis a bit. Combine that with the sheer brilliance of Ciryl Gane and you had the perfect recipe for disaster for The Black Beast at UFC 265.

From here, where does Lewis go? Well, for anyone who’s quick to write of Lewis, I’ll remind you that he’s still one of the very best heavyweights in the UFC. Remember, he did just knock out Curtis Blaydes a few months ago.

There’s two opponents that I’m looking at for Derrick Lewis next. The first one is Stipe Miocic (20-4). Let’s be honest, Miocic wants and likely deserves an immediate rematch for the UFC heavyweight title. However, we know the promotion isn’t doing that.

If Miocic wants to be active, he should take a fight with Lewis. It would be a massive fight for both men and for fans. The other opponent I’m thinking about is Alexander Volkov (33-9).

Volkov and Lewis fought before at UFC 229 and Volkov dominated most of the fight before a last second Lewis knockout. If Volkov wins his fight against Marcin Tybura, I’m sure fans would love to see that rematch for The Black Beast.

Mets’ Baez injures hip, creating a severe depth problem at shortstop

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The New York Mets lost Sunday’s game 3-0 against the Philadelphia Phillies, their fourth straight defeat. Not only they dropped the game (and got swept by a direct rival, losing the NL East lead in the process), but they also lost yet another important contributor to injury.

Shortstop Javier Báez, recently acquired at the trade deadline, has to depart the game in the fifth inning with left hip tightness. The injury creates a problem that the Mets didn’t expect to have.

While hitting in the fifth inning, Baez hit a ground ball and instead of running to first, he grimaced and was spinning around, clearly in pain. He went to the dugout to get checked by the team training staff.

The Mets consider Baez day to day because, according to manager Luis Rojas, he responded well to treatment over the course of the game.

“The concern at this point is not as high as what it was when it happened in-game,” Rojas said to MLB.com. “When I saw him not moving out of the box, for me it was concerning. I thought it was an oblique. … He just told me that he felt tightness. It locked up immediately as he was approaching the dugout. … We’re more optimistic now about what it was.”

An important addition for the Mets

Báez is batting .176 with two home runs in nine games since joining the Mets. Several of those hits, however, have come in big spots.

He has been filling in for injured shortstop for Francisco Lindor. Backups Luis Guillorme and Jose Peraza, usually reliable defensive infielders, are currently out with a left hamstring strain and a fractured right middle finger, respectively.

The Mets will probably use Jonathan Villar at shortstop for the time being, and pulled Wilfredo Tovar from his game at Triple-A Syracuse.

If something were to happen to Villar, the Mets would be in trouble. For now, they hope Baez can return soon.