A Quick Recap of the Mets Injuries
A quick recap of the latest Mets injuries. Read on for the latest news on Yoenis Cespedes’ heel surgery, Pete Alonso’s hand injury, Ryan Megill’s stress reaction in his right humerus, and Joey Lucchesi’s torn UCL. Plus, a look at the team’s roster after the recent surgeries. We’ll also have updates on a number of other injuries.
Pete Alonso’s hand injury
The pain and swelling from Pete Alonso’s hand injury at the Mets has the team’s attention. A fractured hand can be very problematic for power hitters, and can take months to heal. While Alonso is on the injured list, he is expected to return as soon as the swelling subsides. However, the Mets cannot afford to have Alonso sit out a long time.
The injury occurred during a game against the Padres, where the Mets were down 7-0. Starling Marte and Pete Alonso were removed from the game after half an hour. While the injuries were minor, the team was unable to announce any immediate timetable. Alonso was hit by a Yu Darvish sinker at 96 mph and landed on his hand on the field. X-rays were taken and he is scheduled for further imaging.
Yoenis Cespedes’ heel surgery
The Mets have been dealing with injuries all season, but Yoenis Cespedes has dropped a double-scare bombshell. The slugger will need surgery on both his heels. While the news of Cespedes’ surgery wasn’t surprising, it has brought into question the Mets’ decentralized operation. After all, the slugger was already out of the starting lineup after last season’s Subway Series home run.
The two-time All-Star has missed nearly a full season due to the surgeries on his heels. The surgery addressed bone spurs in his heels. Despite the setback, the surgery allowed Cespedes to return to the field this weekend. The player also returned to Citi Field for the farewell game of his former teammate, David Wright. In just three seasons with the Mets, Cespedes has played 119 games and slugged.
Ryan Megill’s stress reaction in his right humerus
There’s a very good chance that Trevor May will miss the remainder of the season due to his stress reaction in his right humerus. The Mets will shut down the pitcher for at least four weeks while he undergoes a re-image and rehabilitation. May has not thrown since September, but it’s still a big setback. He will likely be out for eight to 12 weeks.
In addition to Tylor Megill, the Mets have placed Trevor May on the 60-day injured list. Both players are likely to miss time because of the stress reaction in Megill’s right humerus. While it’s difficult to predict who will be out for an extended period of time, the team is confident that they have found a solution to Megill’s problem.
Joey Lucchesi’s torn UCL
The New York Mets have a rash of injuries, with the latest being a significant tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in Lucchesi’s right elbow. The right-hander is likely to undergo Tommy John surgery, and he will need to have it repaired. Lucchesi has been dominant in recent starts, posting a 1.19 ERA in his last five outings. This news comes at a time when the Mets are already depleted at the top of the rotation, and Lucchesi’s injury could exacerbate that.
After Game 2 against the Dodgers, Luis Rojas was asked about Lucchesi’s condition, and he said that the team is waiting to get a second opinion before deciding whether or not to make the move to have him undergo Tommy John surgery. Regardless, Lucchesi will likely miss most of the rest of the season. While he is expected to miss most of next year’s regular season, the Mets still hope to see him for the start of the 2021 season.
Joey Pillar’s nasal fractures
The injury to Pillar’s face wasn’t a serious one, but it could have been much worse. While he is expected to miss some time, he will probably end up on the disabled list as he recovers. A CT scan of the injured Pillar’s face will help determine how serious the injury is. The video below shows a pitch that struck Pillar in the face and left him bloodied.
The injury occurred Tuesday when the Atlanta Braves pitcher Jacob Webb hit Pillar with a 95 mph fastball. Immediately following the collision, Pillar fell to the ground, bleeding. The Mets’ training staff swooped in and stopped the bleeding. Pillar eventually stood up and left the field on his own. Braves manager Brian Snitker surrounded Webb in the dugout.