The New York Mets finally stopped a five-game losing streak on Monday night and beat the Atlanta Braves 7-2 behind six solid innings from their ace, Jacob deGrom. The fact that the Mets offense managed to cross the plate seven times in a deGrom start alone needs to be celebrated at this point.
However, the victory was a costly one from an injury standpoint. Before the game, third baseman Jeff McNeil was scratched because of back tightness he reported after batting practice. The issue doesn’t sound like it would require a multi-game absence, though.
After driving in three runs on a couple of hits, starting second baseman Robinson Cano left the game with left groin tightness. He was injured while trying to score from second base on a grounder, and it is yet another lower-body injury for the veteran infielder, as he had several of them last season and spent a large portion of the offseason strengthening the zone. He is considered day to day.
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Before Cano had to exit the game, shortstop Amed Rosario did it with left quad tightness after he grounded a ball to third base and moved slowly out of the batter’s box. The situation may look worrisome at first sight, but it appears that all three injuries are minor and all players involved should be back in the diamond soon.
According to what the New York Mets’ manager Luis Rojas told MLB.com, the weather in Atlanta may have played a role in the events, with humidity spiking over 80 percent last night and facilitating dehydration.
“It’s our fourth game here in Atlanta, [and it was] coming after that game [Sunday] where it was really hot,” Rojas said. “It’s unfortunate it happened to three guys today.”
The Mets are going to need the three men back as soon as possible, as they are currently in fourth place in the National League East division with a 4-7 record. They will face the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.