Mets avoid injury catastrophe with Pete Alonso and Starling Marte

Mets avoid injury catastrophe with Pete Alonso and Starling Marte

SAN DIEGO — The Mets received the best possible prognosis they could have hoped for on Wednesday, regarding two injured members of their roster.

Both Pete Alonso and Starling Marte are considered day-to-day after they left the Mets in Tuesday night’s loss to the Padres.

Alonso was hit in the right hand by a Yu Darvish fastball and Marte walked off with left quadriceps discomfort one inning after being caught stealing second base. Initial x-rays of Alonso’s hand were negative and further imaging revealed no breaks or fractures in the hand. Marte was less specific on his quad, but said he felt better and expects him to avoid the injured list.

“It was as positive news as we could have hoped for today,” manager Buck Showalter said before the Mets played their series finale against the Padres.

Alonso said there was swelling in his hand, comparing it to an injury he suffered last May and played, with diminished results. Alonso wouldn’t rule out a move to IL for this one, saying the next day or two should bring more clarity to the situation.

Pete Alonso of the New York Mets is down after being hit by a pitch
Pete Alonso did not suffer a fracture when a pitch hit his right hand on Tuesday night.
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Neither Alonso nor Marte were in the starting line-up on Wednesday.

“We’re just going to rehabilitate and treat this thing and see how quickly it responds,” Alonso said. “We’re not necessarily going to put a schedule on it, but no breaks and no breaks, which is huge. A scary moment, but we’re glad it’s all well structured and we’ll just deal with this thing until it comes back.

Alonso had played 151 consecutive games since last season and aimed to play them all this year, but he will now change that target.

“I still feel like I will play over 162 games because we have the playoffs coming up, if we deserve that right,” Alonso said. “I want to be ready for the long haul and play through October so the math will probably add up to over 162 [games].”

Alonso entered the National League’s first MVP conversation by delivering the thunder. He entered the MLB on Wednesday with 54 RBIs and his 16 homers were tied with Mookie Betts for the NL lead.

JD Davis started playing first base in recent days, giving the Mets a solid bat at position until Alonso returned. Davis started at first base on Monday — his first action there since 2018 with the Astros — and replaced Alonso a night later after being forced out of the game.

Alonso said he was hit in the “meat” of the hand, on the fifth metacarpal.

Mets right fielder Starling Marte (6) is tagged by San Diego Padres shortstop Ha-Seong Kim (7) who tries to steal second base
Starling Marte was injured trying to steal second place on Tuesday night.
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“It’s part of the game, especially when guys throw hard and come up and go in,” Alonso said. “That’s part of it, I know how to deal with it and obviously we have a great training staff. They have a history because I had a bruise on my right hand in the past.

Marte’s game relies heavily on his legs, so it’s only fitting that the Mets play it safe with that quadriceps injury. The veteran outfielder has a .277/.316/.441 slant line with seven home runs, 33 RBIs and eight stolen bases.

“Thank God I feel good,” Marte said. “It could have been worse, obviously, but right now it’s day to day. We’ve been working pretty much all morning to get it right and we’re going to keep working and I’ll be back there soon.

Marte said he injured his leg trying to stay on base during his attempted robbery.

“I just felt a cramp in one direction,” Marte said. “But they were worried because I wasn’t walking well enough after that play. But once I walked a bit more and went to the outfield it got a little better, but today , it is going much better.

Khalil Lee was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to give the Mets another position player. Otherwise, the Mets would have had only one backup receiver available.

Mark Canha moved to right field with the start of Marte on Tuesday and remained in that position Wednesday, with Jeff McNeil at left and Brandon Nimmo at center — a lineup that kept Luis Guillorme at second base.

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