Mets get terrible injury news on three key performers; may be active on the trade market

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Jul 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The injury crisis in the New York Mets’ roster is getting ridiculous. At least the team will get top starter Jacob deGrom back tonight to face the Colorado Rockies, but in the last few hours, acting general manager Zack Scott provided bad news on three recovering key players: Carlos Carrasco, Michael Conforto, and Jeff McNeil.

The three players are dealing with hamstring issues, but they are more severe than initially thought, especially Carrasco’s. The Mets’ hurler will not return to the active roster before late June or early July, which is crushing because the first reports on his torn hamstring had him getting back to action in early June.

Conforto (strained right hamstring) and McNeil (strained left hamstring), two key components of the Mets’ lineup “will be out a while,” according to Scott, who mentioned late June as a best-case scenario for both.

Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Pete Alonso, Luis Guillorme, and several others remain sidelined, as well. As a result, the Mets are searching the trade market for possible help.

At least Alonso is shooting for a quick return, perhaps next week, and the Mets are also about to gain a crucial reliever, Seth Lugo. But Nimmo hasn’t progressed as hoped and may be dealing with a nerve issue in his hand.

The Mets are looking at all avenues to fill a competitive roster

Per Scott, he is “pretty much on the phone all day, every day” trying to put together a roster. He implied that going to the trade market is a tangible option.

“We’re trying to find the best internal options, the best external options, trying to get the most out of the guys that we have,” Scott said. “It’s really all of the above.”

Scott said, per the Mets’ official site: “There’s teams that are open. … We’ll see where that goes.”

“The bigger challenge is there’s a big need right now,” Scott said. “You only have so many bullets to use in trades. You only have so many players you’re willing to trade. You only have sometimes so many dollars that you’re willing to take on. There are always those limitations with every team. And so it’s whether you’re using those bullets now, vs. waiting. And the risk of waiting, given all our injuries, is that we’re in a different spot, and not where we want to be, come the end of July.”