Yankees’ second baseman Starlin Castro exited the fifth inning of Saturday’s game with an apparent right hamstring injury, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. Castro had just legged out his fourth double of the week and 28th such hit of the year.
Losing Castro, no matter how temporarily, would be yet another stumbling block in the Yankees’ path to the postseason. They’re four games back of a wild card spot and will have to go through the Mariners, Tigers, and Orioles (or, if their winning ways continue, the Blue Jays) in order to contend in October.
Castro, whose power potential is less integral to the team than that of, say, rookie slugger Gary Sanchez, has still provided a moderate boost to the Yankees’ offense during a productive second half. Since the All-Star Break, the 26-year-old infielder is batting .298/.319/.502 with 11 home runs and a 1.1 fWAR. Behind Sanchez, Castro has been one of the club’s biggest assets in the second half and currently leads the team with 38 RBI in 59 games.
Also via Hoch, Castro is expected to undergo tests following the game. No statement has been released yet on how much time the infielder is expected to miss.
PITTSBURGH — The New York Mets will have to dig out of an early-season hole without star first baseman Pete Alonso.
The leading home run hitter in the majors will miss three-to-four weeks with a bone bruise and a sprain in his left wrist.
The Mets placed Alonso on the 10-day injured list Friday, retroactive to June 8. Alonso was hit in the wrist by a 96 mph fastball from Charlie Morton in the first inning of a 7-5 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.
Alonso traveled to New York for testing on Thursday. X-rays revealed no broken bones, but the Mets will be missing one of the premier power hitters in the game as they try to work their way back into contention in the NL East.
“We got better news than it could have been,” New York manager Buck Showalter said. “So we take that as a positive. It could have been worse.”
New York had lost six straight heading into a three-game series at Pittsburgh that began Friday. Mark Canha started at first for the Mets in the opener. Mark Vientos could also be an option, though Showalter said the coaching staff may have to use its “imagination” in thinking of ways to get by without Alonso.
“I’m not going to say someone has to step up and all that stuff,” Showalter said. “You’ve just got to be who you are.”
Even with Alonso in the lineup, the Mets have struggled to score consistently. New York is 16th in the majors in runs scored.
The team also said Friday that reliever Edwin Uceta had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Uceta initially went on the IL in April with what the team called a sprained left ankle. He is expected to be out for at least an additional eight weeks.
New York recalled infielder Luis Guillorme and left-handed reliever Zach Muckenhirn from Triple-A Syracuse. The Mets sent catcher Tomás Nido to Triple-A and designated reliever Stephen Nogosek for assignment.
Nogosek is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 13 games this season.