This week’s New York Mets injury report features their first major injury of 2018, but other Mets are making great strides in their recoveries.
Rafael Montero (right elbow) will undergo Tommy John Surgery and will miss the entire 2018 season. Montero said he had a “weird” feeling in his elbow in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals last week. It is an unfortunate early ending to Montero’s season and he likely was going to make the team even after a dreadful Spring Training. The Mets could choose to part ways with Montero before he recovers from the operation.
Jason Vargas (right hand) is progressing from his hand surgery very nicely and threw a bullpen session on Sunday. His arm is fine and he is on his way to making sure that he can use his glove effectively again.
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The Mets will have Vargas throw a couple more bullpens then send him to the minors with an emphasis on not rushing him back. His return is set for mid-April and if all five starters are pitching well the team will have a tough decision to make on who they are sending to the bullpen.
deGrom Seems to be Injury Free:
Jacob deGrom (back) has made every scheduled start this Spring and made another one in Monday’s split squad game. He will be ready for opening day and has been strong in his starts this spring. He is scheduled to pitched the Mets second game of the season on Saturday.
Dominic Smith (quad) will not play another Grapefruit League game this year. He will remain in extended spring training at the start of the season. Smith has only played in one game this spring.
After he will head to Triple-A while Adrian Gonzalez plays first base. Smith had an opportunity to start at first base but will have to hope Gonzalez struggles if he wants a chance to play with the Mets in 2018. Smith will likely return to game action in mid-April.
Michael Conforto (shoulder) will open the season on the disabled list but can return before May. Conforto has been swinging the bat well and homered in the split squad the Mets played on Monday. Conforto’s return is now mid-April and will bolster the Mets offense and elevate their talented outfield.
T.J. Rivera (right elbow) and David Wright (shoulder and back) remain injured and there has been no update on their recoveries.