The New York Metsâ€™ injury crisis gets deeper every day. Pete Alonso, the regular first baseman, did not play in the teamâ€™s series finale against the Atlanta Braves, which they dropped 5-4 thanks to a Ronald AcuÃ±a Jr. walk-off home run.
He was believed, according to the Metsâ€™ official site, to be available for the game. He did not make an appearance, however, and after the game, manager Luis Rojas explained that Alonsoâ€™s left wrist was bothering him, describing the feeling as â€˜soreness.â€™
The Mets donâ€™t want to take any chances and will have Alonso undergo an MRI this week to have a better grasp at the extent of the injury.
â€œPete was not available,â€ Rojas said. â€œI know we were talking pregame and I did not reveal that. I just think it’s not prudent for the team to reveal that Pete is not available. For me it’s a competitive disadvantage when you say that.â€
The Mets think that Alonsoâ€™s wrist is sore after being hit by a pitch in the series against the St. Louis Cardinals, on May 5. That would mean the slugger has been dealing with the issue for at least two weeks.
The Mets are hopeful itâ€™s not a long-term issue
For now, the Mets hope that with a couple of days of rest, Alonso will be available to play on Friday in their series opener against the Miami Marlins.
â€œHe had X-rays done and everything there, and everything was negative. The area was checked, we passed it and he kept playing and he was good with it,â€ said Rojas. â€œYesterday he felt just a little bit of it. Not having the start with the day off connected, we felt that was going to put him in a good spot for Friday so he can play.â€œ
Alonso has hit six homers for the Mets so far, with a .236/.336/.433 line and a .769 OPS.
Alonsoâ€™s absence is another one for a team that is already missing Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, JD Davis, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Carlos Carrasco, Taijuan Walker, and others.