Matt Kemp aggravated his troublesome hamstring yesterday and he was frustrated about it. He’s going to have an MRI today to see how bad it is. While Don Mattingly says that the DL is a possibility, Kemp doesn’t seem to think it’s that bad:
“I’m definitely not going on the DL; that’s not going to happen. The team needs me. I don’t think this is a 15-day thing; I think this is maybe one, two, three days.”
Need may not have anything to do with it. And, if it’s borderline, is it better for him to go on a DL stint now or to suffer through nagging garbage all year? Those are the assessments team physicians are paid to make, the athlete’s determination notwithstanding.
Update (5:55 PM ET): It’s official. The Mets have optioned Phillip Evans to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Bautista on the 25-man roster. Bautista will be available for Tuesday’s game against the Marlins.
SNY’s Andy Martino reports that the Mets are close to a deal with free agent Jose Bautista. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as the Mets were rumored to be interested in him on Monday, a day after the Braves released him.
Bautista, 37, struggled to a .593 OPS in 40 plate appearances with the Braves. He’s coming off of his worst season as a regular, as he hit .203 in 157 games last year with the Blue Jays.
Bautista mostly played in the outfield for the Jays, but played third base for the Braves. The Mets need depth at both third base and in the outfield due to injuries to Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, and Juan Lagares.
It will be interesting to see who loses their roster spot to accomodate Bautista. I suggested earlier it should be Jose Reyes.