NEW YORK — Brett Baty’s promising career hit a snag early on.
An MRI on Wednesday revealed a UCL tear in the third baseman’s right thumb. He will undergo surgery on Thursday that could cost him the rest of the regular season. The typical time frame for such an injury requires a five-week recovery period, although for now, the Mets are hopeful of a return.
“Talk to the doctor and hug it … there’s a chance he’ll come back,” manager Buck Showalter said. “The rate of return on this is pretty high.”
However, the news came as a major blow for Barty, the Mets’ second rookie who made his major league debut on Aug. 17 and struck out in his first career swing. home run. Baty has been working as a third base half with Eduardo Escobar, who now wants to return to his starting role at the position.
The Mets have recalled an outfielder, Terrance Gore, to replace Batty on the roster, and they don’t currently have any healthy backup players with experience at third base. As such, they plan to make another roster change ahead of Thursday’s game, which will expand on Sept. 1.
In Sunday’s eighth inning loss to the Rockies, Barty was injured while chasing Charlie Blackmon’s single. At first, the Mets thought the injury was mild enough for Showalter to consider clipping Baty for Tuesday’s game. But an MRI the next morning showed a tear.
In 11 games with the big club, Barty has 0.184/0.244/0.342 with 2 home runs and 2 defensive turnovers. He remains a potential playoff option for the Mets, but given his overall inexperience and playing time, the club may be hesitant to include him on the playoff roster.
Another left-handed third baseman, Luis Guillom, is recovering from a groin strain and will begin his minor league rehab on Sunday. He’ll eventually be an option to absorb Barty’s rep at third base, but that’s at least another week or so. So far, the Mets have resisted calling up right-handed third base prospect Marc Vientos, who is slashing .283/.361/.531 at Triple-A Syracuse, a source said, not too much this week. may change. The Mets want a more defensive-minded third option, which makes Devin Marrero a more likely option.
“We want him to be strong there and have a pretty good season,” Showalter said of Vientos.
Gore, 31, last appeared in a major in 2020 with the Dodgers. The veteran, known primarily for his speed, has 40 stolen bases in 102 career games and could be a roster selection for the Mets in October.