Because of September roster expansion and the lack of need for disabled list stints it’s much harder to differentiate between a day-to-day injury and a more significant injury.
Which brings us to Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who’s out of the lineup tonight for the 11th consecutive game with a hamstring injury while remaining on the active roster.
Miguel Rojas has been filling in for Hechavarria, whose surprisingly strong start to the season eventually gave way to his usual underwhelming offensive production in the form of a .689 OPS in 130 games overall.
Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery.
Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance. This morning he was diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. He’ll now miss all of the 2018 season and most of the first half of the 2019 season.
Montero, 27, was once a top pitching prospect. He performed swingman duties for the Mets last year, starting in 18 games and relieving in 16. He wasn’t too successful in that role — his ERA was 5.52 in 2017 — but he was battling for a spot in the Mets’ bullpen this spring.