As postseason baseball looms for the New York Mets, being in prime health is key. First, though, securing the NL East is the top order of business. For the Mets to clinch the NL East, the return of All-Star right fielder Starling Marte would greatly help.
Marte has been out for two weeks now with a fracture of his right middle finger. He has been making progress and is hopeful for a return to the lineup soon.
What lies ahead for the Mets is what will likely end up being their most important series of the season. On September 30th, the Mets head to Atlanta to play the Braves in what could determine who takes the division. Having Marte would give the Mets a boost when they need it most.
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Starling Marte’s return could be soon for the New York Mets:
Both Marte and manager Buck Showalter recently spoke about when a return could come. Marte stated that there is a “good possibility” he will be back prior to the conclusion of the regular season. Showalter had this to say, “He’s improving a little bit every day… Getting a little better. … we’re into the four out of 10, six out of 10, two out of 10 pain thing. So that’s a good thing. That’s starting to move down a little bit.”
Marte met with reporters today and shared optimism that he can be available for the team by the Braves series. The Mets could certainly use arguably their most consistent bat come the final stretch to lock up the division.