ATLANTA — The Mets’ hopes of constructing off their blistering stretch of successful took a discouraging activate Wednesday when Jeff McNeil, the All-Star infielder-outfielder, was positioned on the 10-day injured checklist with a light left hamstring pressure.
McNeil, who’s hitting .332 with 15 homers and a .400 on-base share, sustained the damage within the ninth inning Tuesday as he stretched to succeed in first base on a groundout. McNeil hopped awkwardly after crossing the bag, got here to a cease 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 Class AAA Syracuse to exchange him.
McNeil mentioned after Tuesday’s sport — a 5-Three loss to the Atlanta Braves — that he didn’t really feel a pop in his leg, classifying the discomfort as “a bit of snag.” He mentioned he hoped the checks would present nothing greater than a cramp, however now he shall be ineligible to play till Aug. 24 (a house sport with Atlanta) on the earliest. He’ll miss the Mets’ subsequent two collection, towards the Royals in Kansas Metropolis, Mo., and at residence towards the Cleveland Indians.
After hitting .349 earlier than the All-Star break, McNeil has hit simply .287 since. However his on-base plus slugging was distinctive, at .962, and he had performed in each sport. The Mets received 21 of their first 27 video games after the break, however have misplaced their final two and commenced Wednesday two video games out of a wild-card spot and 9 video games behind the Braves within the Nationwide League East.
McNeil is just the most recent Met to be positioned on the injured checklist with a hamstring damage this month; second baseman Robinson Cano tore his left hamstring in Pittsburgh on Aug. four and will miss vital time. McNeil had made three begins at second in Cano’s absence, whereas additionally enjoying left and proper area.
Left fielder Dominic Smith, who was hitting .278 with 10 homers this season, has been out since late July with a stress response in his left foot. The damage is anticipated to maintain Smith sidelined till mid-September, additional limiting the Mets’ choices.
Tejada, 29, has not performed for the Mets since their 2015 division collection, when he broke his fibula on a takeout slide by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley in Sport 2. Tejada cut up the following season between St. Louis and San Francisco, and final performed within the majors with Baltimore in 2017. He was hitting .330 with six residence runs in 71 video games for Syracuse.