ATLANTA — The Mets’ hopes of establishing off their blistering stretch of profitable took a discouraging activate Wednesday when Jeff McNeil, the All-Celebrity infielder-outfielder, was once positioned at the 10-day injured record with a light left hamstring pressure.
McNeil, who’s hitting .332 with 15 homers and a .400 on-base proportion, sustained the harm within the 9th inning Tuesday as he stretched to achieve first base on a groundout. McNeil hopped awkwardly after crossing the bag, got here to a prevent in foul territory and grabbed his left leg.
He underwent a magnetic resonance imaging examination on Wednesday morning, and the Mets summoned Ruben Tejada from Magnificence AAA Syracuse to interchange him.
McNeil stated after Tuesday’s recreation — a Five-Three loss to the Atlanta Braves — that he didn’t really feel a pop in his leg, classifying the discomfort as “slightly snag.” He stated he was hoping the exams would display not anything greater than a cramp, however now he’s going to be ineligible to play till Aug. 24 (a house recreation with Atlanta) on the earliest. He’ll leave out the Mets’ subsequent two sequence, in opposition to the Royals in Kansas Town, Mo., and at house in opposition to the Cleveland Indians.
After hitting .349 earlier than the All-Celebrity spoil, McNeil has hit simply .287 since. However his on-base plus slugging was once remarkable, at .962, and he had performed in each recreation. The Mets received 21 in their first 27 video games after the spoil, however have misplaced their remaining two and started Wednesday two video games out of a wild-card spot and 9 video games in the back of the Braves within the Nationwide League East.
McNeil is simplest the most recent Met to be positioned at the injured record with a hamstring harm this month; 2nd baseman Robinson Cano tore his left hamstring in Pittsburgh on Aug. four and may just leave out important time. McNeil had made 3 begins at 2nd in Cano’s absence, whilst additionally enjoying left and proper box.
Left fielder Dominic Smith, who was once hitting .278 with 10 homers this season, has been out since overdue July with a pressure response in his left foot. The harm is predicted to stay Smith sidelined till mid-September, additional proscribing the Mets’ choices.
Tejada, 29, has no longer performed for the Mets since their 2015 department sequence, when he broke his fibula on a takeout slide by means of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley in Recreation 2. Tejada cut up the following season between St. Louis and San Francisco, and remaining performed within the majors with Baltimore in 2017. He was once hitting .330 with six house runs in 71 video games for Syracuse.