New York Mets Injury Report (June 24, 2021)

The New York Mets are no stranger to injuries but were lucky enough to receive some players back this week. Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto rejoined a lifeless offense, which helped lead to a seven-run outburst in Wednesday’s victory. Who else should the Mets expect to return from the IL?

Marcus Stroman avoided a big scare after he left Tuesday’s start early with a hip injury. Manager Luis Rojas said Stroman would not need an IL stint, and Stroman expects to make his next start. With another doubleheader coming up on Friday, the Mets will need all arms available over the weekend. Before the injury, Stroman had gone at least six innings in nine consecutive starts.

Jonathan Villar is still day-to-day with the calf injury he suffered during Monday’s doubleheader. He missed the rest of the games against the Braves, but he was available off the bench in Wednesday’s finale. Thursday’s off-day should serve as all the rest Villar needs to return. It will be interesting to see where Rojas bats Villar with Jeff McNeil healthy and batting leadoff while he has been sidelined.

Middle Finger Issues

Brandon Nimmo is in the middle of a rehab assignment with the Syracuse Mets as he recovers from a slight ligament tear in his middle finger. Nimmo has gone 1-for-7 with a walk and has been playing center field as well. He always had one rehab assignment shut down after soreness in the finger. If Nimmo continues to progress, he should rejoin the Mets next week.

J.D. Davis is still in his long rehab from a sprained left middle finger but is on track to play in minor league games within the next two weeks. If all goes well, Davis should rejoin the team just after the All-Star break. Davis has already suffered multiple setbacks, and having him play games is a huge step towards getting his bat back. He was one of the few Mets hitting well before landing on the IL. Davis batted .390/.479/.610 with two home runs in 14 games.

Surprising Injuries

Tomas Nido was not as lucky to avoid IL time after getting hit in the hand by a Shane Greene fastball. Nido only suffered a contusion to his right wrist. The Mets have not set a date for Nido’s return, but he should not be out for a long time. Walk-off hero, Patrick Mazeika, is the backup catcher until Nido returns.

Robert Gsellman landed on the 60-day IL with a torn right lat and was another pitcher who struggled before his injury. Gsellman had a 2.42 ERA in 13 games to start his season, then gave up five runs in his final two outings. Recovery usually takes 6-8 weeks for lat injuries which keeps him out of action until August.

Jeurys Familia was another surprising injury after being a workhorse out of the bullpen. Familia landed on the 10-day IL with a left hip impingement, and the Mets have no timetable for his return. Before the injury, he was having a solid season with a 3.63 ERA but struggled in the three games leading up to landing on the IL. Familia allowed five runs in those three games after a stretch where he was scored upon once in 20 outings.

Long-Term Injuries

Joey Lucchesi‘s season came to an unfortunate end when he found out his torn UCL needs Tommy John Surgery. Lucchesi will miss the rest of 2021 and puts his 2022 season in jeopardy. He was having his best stretch of the season where he had a 1.19 ERA in his last five starts before getting shut down.

Johnseshwy Fargas (separated shoulder) and Jordan Yamamoto (right shoulder soreness) are out indefinitely with their respective injuries. The Mets were cautious with Yamamoto as shoulder injuries can have very damaging effects if mishandled.

Where Have You Been?

Dellin Betances is back throwing in minor league games with very mixed success. In Single-A, Betances had two scoreless outings but had an outing where he allowed five runs and two walks while only recording one out. Betances is currently in Triple-A, where he has one scoreless outing while working around two hits. His velocity is still in the low-mid 90s, and he still has not proven he is a big-league caliber pitcher since he left the Yankees.

Carlos Carrasco has resumed throwing on flat ground as he recovers from a hamstring injury. He has gone through several setbacks in his return from injury, but throwing again gives hope he can return down the stretch run. Carrasco is getting close to Jed Lowrie’s levels of health issues, and the second half will determine if he is Lowrie’s pitching counterpart.

Noah Syndergaard is about another two weeks from restarting a throwing program after being shut down in late May. He still aims to return this season, but the delayed timeline certainly threw a wrench in the Mets’ plans. If Syndergaard suffers another setback, we may not see him throw a pitch this season.

New York Mets Injury Report (6/7/21)

The New York Mets roster is riddled with injuries, but they somehow keep finding ways to win games. Jacob deGrom and Pete Alonso came back during the road trip; who else is close to joining them back on the big league roster?

Luis Guillorme is probably the next Met to return from the IL after over two months on the sidelines with a strained oblique. While Jonathan Villar and Jose Peraza have been serviceable with the bat, Guillorme’s return brings elite defense back to the infield. Guillorme was a modest 6-for-18 before his injury and should get plenty of playing time when he returns.

Hand Issues

J.D. Davis has quickly become a forgotten man thanks to his sprained middle finger on his left hand. He is still wearing a split and is not close to restarting his rehab. Davis has been out since May 1 and was one of the most productive Mets hitters before the injury. He was hitting .390 with two home runs and seven RBIs, and there is still no timetable for his return.

Brandon Nimmo is also dealing with a hand issue, but his is a bone bruise on his finger. Nimmo has begun to swing lightly but is not close to game action. He could not hit off a tee or take soft toss because of the bruised finger, which still leaves his return to action as an unknown.

Albert Almora Jr. is nearing a rehab assignment as he works back from a shoulder contusion he suffered when running into the Citi Field wall on May 11. Even when healthy, Almora’s days could be numbered if they feel Billy McKinney is worth holding on to over him.

Hamstring Injuries

Michael Conforto took batting practice on Saturday, which is a very encouraging sign after his hamstring injury on May 16. His timetable to return is still closer to the end of June, and the Mets would be glad to welcome back his bat. Conforto was hitting just .230 but had a .356 on-base percentage before landing on the IL.

Jeff McNeil is also dealing with a strained hamstring and could begin a rehab assignment this week. McNeil batted just .242 before his injury, but his versatility to play different positions will be needed once he is healthy again.

Tommy Hunter is dealing with a back issue and still has no timetable for his return. He was a key member of the bullpen for a short time when he was healthy. Hunter pitched eight shutout innings over four games, working as an opener once.

Johneshwy Fargas is “feeling better” but still has not done much rehab for his shoulder injury. Fargas is another player who could be without a roster spot once he is healthy.

See You Soon?

Noah Syndergaard has been shut down for six weeks, which means he will not pick up a baseball again until July. Syndergaard had inflammation in his right elbow after making a couple of rehab outings. The news is devastating for a pitching start that is always missing multiple key arms.

Carlos Carrasco is one of those critical arms the Mets are missing and is quickly becoming the pitching version of Jed Lowrie. A combination of elbow soreness and hamstring issues have significantly slowed down his rehab assignment. Carrasco was pitching 4-5 innings a month ago, and then his injuries forced the Mets to shut him down. At this point, we may see Syndergaard return to the Citi Field mound before Carrasco makes his debut.

 

 

New York Mets Injury Report: September 14, 2020

With about two weeks worth of games left, the New York Mets have plenty of work to do to get themselves in a postseason spot. Will any key players return to action soon during the last few games?

Jeff McNeil is day-to-day after leaving Sunday’s game with “gastrointestinal discomfort” or, in other words, a stomach ache. Diarrhea is a COVID-19 symptom, but it currently seems like the issue is only a one-day issue for McNeil. He should return to the lineup on Tuesday.

Jake Marisnick is sidelined with a right hamstring injury that hampered him earlier in the season. The is no word on how long he will spend on the sidelines, but the Mets have not opted for an IL stint yet. As one of their best hitters against lefties, they will need his bat in the lineup as soon as possible.

Instead of optioning Franklyn Kilome, the Mets sent him to the 10-day IL with a split fingernail. It should not take a long time to recover, but the Mets may not need him back soon. Erasmo Ramirez took his role as a long man in the bullpen.

Dellin You There?

Dellin Betances played catch on Friday for the first time since landing on the IL with a right lat issue. His timetable to return is questionable, and the earliest the Mets should have him back is during the last week of the season. If the Mets are out of the race, we may not see him throw another pitch this season.

Corey Oswalt (right biceps tendinitis) and Tomas Nido (COVID-19) are two players who the Mets have been silent about. Both resumed baseball activities but have not returned to the active roster. For Nido, the acquisition of Robinson Chirinos closed out an opportunity for Nido to return when cleared.

Robert Gsellman, Rene Rivera, and Eduardo Nunez are out for the season with their respective injuries. When healthy, they did not provide much for the Mets, combining on for a -0.4 WAR.

Noah Syndergaard is still rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery as he looks forward to the 2020 season.

Also, if you are wondering, yes, Jed Lowrie will not touch a baseball field this season. Even manager Luis Rojas said he has no idea what Lowrie is doing.

New York Mets Injury Report (8/6/20)

New York Mets, Marcus Stroman

The New York Mets injuries piled up over the second week of the season and it decimated three-quarters of their infield. Here is a look at all of the injuries the Mets are dealing with.

Amed Rosario has left quad tightness that he suffered during Monday’s game against the Atlanta Braves. The injury kept him out of both games against the Washington Nationals but it was not serious enough to put him on the Injured List. He should return to the lineup during the weekend.

Robinson Cano landed on the 10-day IL after a Grade 2 left adductor strain. He suffered the injury attempting to score from second on an infield single and sliding into home plate. It was clear Cano would suffer some type of injury when he had to run at 100%. Cano is confident he will be ready to play once his stint on the IL finishes.

Jeff McNeil has an intercostal strain that kept him out for the last three games. He also sees the injury as minor and should expect to find time in the lineup over the weekend. J.D. Davis solid defense at third base gives real question to McNeil possibly playing left field when he is healthy.

Depth Injuries

Rene Rivera hyperextended his elbow after only two games in 2020. His timetable for a return is unclear but the Mets likely will not carry a third catcher when the roster shrinks on Thursday.

Jake Marisnick has a left hamstring strain which has plagued him since summer camp began. He is scheduled to come off the IL over the weekend but the Mets trading for Billy Hamilton shows the injury is severe. Hamilton was brought in to replace the defense of Marisnick on the roster.

Eduardo Nunez has a left knee contusion he suffered attempting to beat out a ground ball. There is no timetable for his return and upon it he will be unlikely to make the 28-man roster with the play of Andres Gimenez and Luis Guillorme.

Marcus Stroman threw a four-inning simulated game last Friday and is scheduled to throw another on Thursday in Brooklyn. HIs left calf tear has kept him out through the first two weeks of the season but the Mets rotation needs him back. The biggest challenge for Stroman is to field his position. It clear he can pitch but he cannot move off the mound at 100%.

Robert Gsellman should return within the next few days from right triceps tightness. He still has to throw live batting practice but will join the Mets as soon as healthy. Gsellman will be a good addition to the Mets’ middle relief core.

Brad Brach tested positive for COVID-19, which landed him on the IL. He should return a few days after Gsellman and started throwing bullpen sessions during the week. Much like Gsellman, Brach sures up the middle relief core.

Long Term Injuries

Noah Syndergaard started throwing in his recovery from Tommy John Surgery. He had a catch with 2020 draft pick, J.T. Ginn, about a week ago but will not see the field until the 2021 season.

Jed Lowrie’s season came to an end when he landed on the 45-day IL with PCL laxity in his left knee. It affirmatively ended his Mets career, recording zero hits and going down as one of the worst contracts in Mets history.

New York Mets: Stroman, Gsellman to the Injured List

New York Yankees, Marcus Stroman

New York Mets baseball would not officially return until they received their first devastating injury of the season. After losing Noah Syndergaard to season-ending Tommy John Surgery, Marcus Stroman will start the season on the Injured List with a muscle tear in his left calf.

After continually working out during the postponed season, we would think Stroman would be in tip-top shape when the season resumed. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and Stroman will be a week-to-week issue and possibility never pitch during the 60-game season.

This is a major disappointment for both the Mets and Stroman. The Mets needed him to step up as their number two starter, and they are out of proven options to replace his turn in the rotation. Stroman is heading into free agency after the season, and the injury news immediately drops his value. Though the Mets could sign him at a lower price, the decision to pick him over Zack Wheeler looks worse.

Replacements In the Rotation

The Mets announced Steven Matz will pitch the second game of the season, but the Mets still need a fifth starter. The first two names that come to the forefront of replacements are Walker Lockett and Corey Oswalt. Lockett is on the IL, and Oswalt did not fare well against the New York Yankees. Also, both pitchers have pitched enough in the big leagues to show they are not quality starting pitchers.

The Mets ruled out any idea of Seth Lugo moving into the starting rotation. With the injuries in the bullpen and Lugo’s partially torn UCL, it is for the better that he remains a reliever. They also told swingman Erasmo Ramirez he will not make the opening day roster as well.

David Peterson is the best option the Mets have. Their depth is scarce enough that they have to depend on a rookie who still has not made their MLB debut. Peterson is no slouch though; he has battled through Tommy John Surgery to pitch to a 3.63 career ERA in the minor leagues.

The left-hander is turning 25 in a month and could follow the same track as Jacob deGrom. Both received the surgery early in their professional careers and entered the big leagues in their mid-20s. Peterson has the upper hand as a former first-round pick, which plays into the high upside he has. The plus side of also putting him in the rotation is that if he pitches well, then the Mets won’t feel the pressure to re-sign Stroman.

Gsellman Under the Radar

Just because Stroman took the headlines, it does not mean losing Robert Gsellman does not hurt either. The Mets bullpen is already missing Brad Brach and Jared Hughes, so losing Gsellman hurts their depth even more. He has right triceps tightness, which the team reports is not severe.

Despite likely only losing Gsellman for a week, there is no time to waste in this 60-game sprint. He is one of the few relievers in the bullpen who can pitch multiple innings. With the lack of rotation, depth extended relievers like him are in high demand. Just a week ago, it seemed like the Mets would head into the season without any issues, but they all crept up on them, calming down the hope fans had for them.

New York Mets: Jed Lowrie Heading to the Injured List

An official statement of Jed Lowrie‘s poor health has become as natural as the sun rising every morning. The little amount of hope the New York Mets had in Lowrie quickly evaporated when he headed to the Injured List with left knee discomfort.

Lowrie was running bases and taking reps in the field but still could not play without the leg brace. Manager Luis Rojas said he was not at a level to contribute competitively. Lowrie will visit Dr. David Altcheck to figure out where they go moving forward. Surgery is off the table for now, but his leg health is on par with Derrick Rose of the NBA.

Back to the Bench

Lowrie’s trip to the injured list opens up a 30-man roster spot when the Mets open up Friday. He would have been a bench player anyway, and filling his place with Luis Guillorme provides a much better glove and maybe a better point at this point in Lowrie’s career. It also highlights another blunder made by Brodie Van Wagenen during his first offseason with the Mets.

Not as notable is the lower back injury causing Walker Lockett to head to IL. Likely a swingman at best, he was battling for a spot as an extra starter on the roster. Either Corey Oswalt or Stephen Gonsalves are likely to replace him in the bullpen.

Brad Brach and Jared Hughes are also IL members, likely due to COVID-19, and have no time table to return. Add Robert Gsellman‘s right tricep issues, and the Mets bullpen is quickly thinning. The back end group still suits well, but anything past that is becoming a significant question.

New York Mets: Jed Lowrie Practices in Leg Brace

New York Mets, Jed Lowry

One of the world’s greatest medical mysteries is figuring out how Jed Lowrie’s leg is still messed up. The New York Mets utility infielder arrived at camp and took ground balls in a leg brace that covered his entire left leg.

After coming back to pinch-hit in a handful of games to end 2019, Lowrie still has left knee issues. It plagued him enough to avoid fielding during September. The injury still bothers him to a point where playing in Spring Training games is a major question.

No Answers, No Solutions

The organization has been very quiet about the severity of Lowrie’s injury. He is healthy enough to begin taking fly balls, but not healthy enough to participate in games. The entirety of Lowrie’s Mets career has been marked by an injury bug he cannot seem to get rid of. As he pushes age-36 it is hard to think his body is going to recover any quicker than it did during 2019.

Even if the Mets can get Lowrie fully healthy, it does not seem like it will happen anytime soon. Once healthy he will have plenty of catching up to do just to get to a point where he is useful enough to crack the 26-man roster. Like Yoenis Cespedes, he has to start from level one all over again. Unlike Cespedes, Lowrie is dragging along on his rehab process. At this point, it is hard to imagine the Mets get anything out of Lowrie during the first half of the season.

New York Mets Injury Report: September 9, 2018

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

The New York Mets received a small scare Saturday after Noah Syndergaard’s night finished. He was drilled in the ribs with a line drive off the bat of Cesar Hernandez. Syndergaard exited the game, but felt fine after the game and joked he was more worried about the baseball. His X-Rays came back negative and he should be on track to make his next scheduled start.

Dominic Smith also left Saturday’s game early with a groin injury. He left the game after grounding into a fielder’s choice which may have cause stress to his left groin. He is currently day-to-day but the Mets should know more about his status later today. Smith has only hit .205 with 3 home runs and 4 RBIs this season.

Devin Mesoraco (back, neck) has been out since Tuesday after aggravating the same injury that kept him out in August. Manager Mickey Callaway said he is unsure when Mesoraco would return to action. He also said he would be on the 10-day DL if the rosters did not expand in September. Mesoraco has hit .211 with 9 home runs as a Met and will likely be heading somewhere else in the offseason.

David Wright (shoulder) took part in a simulated game on Saturday at Citi Field and homered to the opposite field. The home run came off Tim Peterson and Wright also took ground balls at third base. Wright plans to play this season even amidst the rumors of the front office wanting to hold him back to save money. It would certainly end the year on a bright spot if Wright was able to take the field again at some point this season.

New York Mets Injury Report: August 19, 2018

Some big names for the New York Mets are finally rehabbing and trying to return to the big leagues this season. The Mets relievers continue to take another hit as two of their pitchers are trying to return from injury.

Phillip Evans (fractured tibia) was officially moved to the 60-day DL on August 17 and will be out for the rest of the season. This opened up space on the 40-man roster for relief pitcher Daniel Zamora. Evans only had three hits in 21 at-bats and one stolen base with the Mets this season.

Bobby Wahl (right hamstring strain) was placed on the 10-day DL on August 17 with a grade 1 strain. He suffered the injury in the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies. Wahl could return once his time on the DL ends. The Mets acquired Wahl from the Oakland Athletics for Jeurys Familia. Wahl has struggled with the Mets, allowing six runs in 5.1 innings pitched.

Will Nimmo Play Tonight?

Brandon Nimmo (finger) had his X-Rays and MRI came back negative after he took a fastball of his left index finger during the series against the Baltimore Orioles. He has not played in any of the four games against the Phillies, but can return to the lineup at any moment. Nimmo was on fire before the injury, going 15-35 with a .500 on-base percentage.

Anthony Swarzak (shoulder) still has not resumed throwing yet. He has been on the DL since August 4 with the discomfort in his shoulder. Swarzak is expected to be back by early September, but the Mets will not rush him back. Swarzak has been a disappointment in his first year with the Mets. He has a 6.00 ERA in 21 innings pitched.

Jay Bruce (hip) played nine innings at first base for the St. Lucie Mets on Saturday. Bruce will continue to see a lot more first base because of his sub-par outfield defense and Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto and Austin Jackson becoming the everyday trio of outfielders. His rehab assignment will last about a week and he can return before the end of the month.

Return of the Captain?

David Wright (shoulder) played seven innings in another St. Lucie Mets game. The captain has been on his rehab assignment for about a week and is starting to stretch out his playing time more. Wright has been hitless in 14 at bats, but it is understandable because he has not played in any games in over a year. He has to play a full nine inning game and figure out his swing before he even thinks about making a return this season. He is running out of minor league games to get ready, but if he is making the right strides forward his return can happen this season.

New York Mets Injury Report: August 7, 2018

The New York Mets had a new addition to their list of injuries last week. Their list seems to grow by one each week and makes you wonder why the medical staff can keep their players on the field. With their playoff hopes out of reach, the injuries do give other players a chance to show if they can be part of the 2019 team.

Swarzak Back to the DL

Anthony Swarzak (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day DL on August 5th. Swarzak had shoulder injuries in past seasons but there is the first time his shoulder has bothered him this season. This is his second stint on the DL this season and was pitching better in the last few games before his injury. There is no timetable for his return and Robert Gsellman will likely take over the closer role now.

Steven Matz (arm) threw a bullpen session on Monday and the Mets will decide on the next step after seeing how his arm feels. Matz landed on the DL last week with a flexor pronator strain in his left arm. He could return as early as this upcoming weekend and Corey Oswalt will continue to pitch in his spot until he returns.

Phillip Evans (leg) was placed on the 10-day DL with a non-displaced fracture in his left tibia. He suffered the injury on a takeout slide during the series against the Washington Nationals. It will not be a major injury, but there is no official timetable for his return.

Cespedes Gets the First Surgery

Yoenis Cespedes (heel) underwent the first of his two heel surgeries on August 2nd. Cespedes will miss 8-10 months and the beginning of the 2019 season.

David Wright (back/shoulder) is “starting to come up against the clock” according to interim GM John Ricco. He has been working out, but there has been no timetable for a minor league rehab assignment. Wright has not played in an MLB game in over a year and coming up on a year since his last minor league game action. At 35-years old and having a long break from baseball, he will need a while to get up to speed.