The New York Mets received some bad injury-related news to start the week, as one of the players who had the upper hand on a roster spot for the bench has been ruled out for a significant period of time, according to the latest reports.
The Mets performed an MRI on Jose Martinezâ€™s left knee on Monday, and the diagnosis is not encouraging: it revealed a torn meniscus. According to manager Luis Rojas, the first baseman/outfielder tweener is expected to miss the next four months of action, effectively making him miss at least the first half of the season.
Martinez had joined the Mets on a split contract before spring training, and the plan was for him to compete for a roster spot for Opening Day. He could have been a versatile batter off the bench, but was injured while chasing a ball in Sundayâ€™s contest against the Marlins.
According to MLB.comâ€™s Anthony DiComo, Martinez planted his leg awkwardly, â€œas he sought to avoid a collision with umpire Greg Gibson. He needed a cart to move around the clubhouse that evening and felt no better upon waking up Monday.â€
The Mets were hoping for a different diagnosis
The Mets were optimistic, but in the end, they didnâ€™t receive good news.
â€œIâ€™m a little surprised with the [time frame],â€ Rojas said. â€œI expected it to be something that will take time to have him back on the field, but not as long as four months. â€¦ Weâ€™ll just right now pray for the best for him, that surgery goes well and the recovery goes well.â€
The fact that Martinez isnâ€™t a particularly good defensive player meant that he had to fight for his roster spot. However, this development effectively knocks him out of that conversation.
However, the Mets arenâ€™t too worried. â€œWe have a lot of depth,â€ Rojas said.