The New York Mets were able to hang in and beat the Philadelphia Phillies to get their first win of the season behind a strong performance by starting pitcher Marcus Stroman.
After not playing at all last week due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the rival roster (the Washington Nationals), the Mets’ season is already underway. However, they did had an injury scare last night, when third baseman JD Davis had to be taken out of the game.
Davis was struck in his left hand by a 90 mph fastball thrown by Phillies’ pitcher Chase Anderson, and he couldn’t continue playing and was replaced by Luis Guillorme.
The initial diagnosis of a left hand contusion was reached after X-rays taken yesterday came back negative. However, that doesn’t mean that the Mets are out of the woods yet.
The Mets hope Davis can avoid major injury
The Mets do hope that they avoided the worst, but it remains to be seen how Davis’ pain level is a day or two after the hit by pitch.
In fact, there is a slight possibility that a potential hairline fracture doesn’t show up on an X-ray, in which case he would need more imaging. The Mets are, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, sending Davis for additional testing on Wednesday, and only then they will get a clear picture of the player’s expected recovery time.
“That’s good news for the first X-ray,” manager Luis Rojas said late Tuesday night. “We’ll reassess about it tomorrow.”
“You just hate to see the guys you go to war with get hit like that,” Mets’ teammate Dominic Smith said. “Something up and in, it’s just tough. It’s a weird place, the hand, so many injuries can happen. So many bad things can happen. It’s something that you don’t want to see, something that I’m hoping it’s nothing too big of a deal, and something he can bounce back from.”