New York Mets: Brad Brach and Jared Hughes Head to Injured List

Aug 18, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Brad Brach (29) delivers a pitch during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports

Brad Brach and Jared Hughes were the last to members of the New York Mets player pool who have not arrived at summer camp yet. With just a few days before the season begins, the Mets put them on the Injured List but did not specify the injury.

The assumption is that both players tested positive for COVID-19. Since teams do not list a reason for COVID related IL stints, the only confirmation will come from the players themselves. Both players did not have any lingering injuries, and if they suffered an injury, like Jacob deGrom, they would have reported that first.

Replacement Options

The Mets looked to have about two extra relievers when camp broke, but now they will have to replace Hughes and Brach as well. Out of the starting pitchers, Walker Lockett or Corey Oswalt likely make the team for starting pitching depth. For the relievers, the Mets can opt for veterans Hunter Strickland or Chasen Shreve. If they wanted to stay within the organization Paul Sewald, Tyler Bashlor, Daniel Zamora are candidates along with top option Drew Smith. 

The options are not limited to the listed names since the Mets added more pitchers to their player pool. deGrom’s health and the length that Brach/Hughes remain on the sidelines.