Mets infielder Brett Batty Surgery due tomorrow for UCL torn thumb Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Baty may be completed within a year as the estimated recovery time is five weeks will salmon of the games. Salmon Add to that outfielder Terence Gore will also join the team. The Mets announced that Barty has been placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to Aug. 29.
Personally, it was an unfortunate blow for both the Mets and Barty. The 22-year-old rookie was promoted to the majors less than two weeks ago. He’s been underwhelming in his first 42 games, slashing just .184/.244/.342 so far. However, it’s fairly standard for young players to take some time to find their footing in their first major league game. Based on his batting line of 315/.410/.533 in the minors this year, it’s reasonable to expect him to find better results as he gets more exposure to major league pitching.
However, that progress will have to wait now, as Baty will apparently be suspended for the next five weeks. With five weeks left on the regular-season schedule, it will be difficult for him to get back on the court and contribute in the upcoming games. A lengthy playoff run will certainly increase his chances of a comeback, but even in those circumstances, clubs must view him as a better option than the more mature players who have the chance to get those opportunities.
For the Mets, that will leave them short in the field, at least temporarily. Louis Guillom On the injured list due to a groin injury, let them Pete Alonso first, Jeff McNeil second, Eduardo Escobar in the third and Francisco Lindo at shortstop. At the moment, the club doesn’t really have a bench player who can reasonably play a non-first base infield position.Earlier this year, the outfielder Mark Kanha Hit third base for the Mets in an emergency, something he hasn’t done since he was with the A’s in 2016. It’s possible he’ll be in that position again, though probably not for long. The lineup will expand from 26 to 28 tomorrow, which should allow the Mets to bring in reinforcements. And, Guillome doesn’t seem far from a return. Newsday’s Tim Healey Relayed manager Buck Showalter that Guillom will begin a rehab assignment this weekend.
As for the 31-year-old Gore, he’s never been a great hitter, but he’s always got a job thanks to his speed and defense. In 102 MLB games, he hit just .224/.325/.284, but had 40 stolen bases in that span. The Mets signed him to a minor league deal in June, and since then, Gore is .241/.313/241 in triple-A. The Mets should have plenty of options for outfield grass, Brandon Nemo, Starling Matt, Tyler Nakun Comes with Canha, but Gore might jump up the depth chart if Canha is needed on the dirt. Otherwise, he should be available for flanking and defensive substitution tasks off the bench.