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Jeff McNeil exits game with apparent hamstring injury

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Bad news for the resurgent Mets: utilityman Jeff McNeil was forced to leave Tuesday night’s game against the Braves in the ninth inning after suffering an apparent left hamstring injury. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, McNeil was attempting to beat out an infield ground ball leading off the inning.

McNeil finished the night 1-for-5 and is now batting .332/.400/.529 with 31 doubles, 15 home runs, 54 RBI, and 67 runs scored in 442 plate appearances. He and Pete Alonso have been the most valuable Mets, so it would be a tremendous loss for the team if he needed to miss time on the injured list.

The Mets dropped Tuesday’s contest to the Braves 5-3. It’s their second loss in a row after winning eight straight.

Carlos Correa likely headed to injured list again

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Per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said shortstop Carlos Correa will likely be placed on the 10-day injured list due to a back injury. Correa exited Monday’s game against the Tigers after two innings due to the back issue.

Correa, 24, missed two months between May 26 and July 26 due to a broken rib. Back issues aren’t anything new to him either, as he missed time last year with back issues as well. This season, the shortstop is batting .278/.358/.556 with 19 home runs and 56 RBI in 310 plate appearances.

Alex Bregman handled shortstop for a majority of the time Correa was out earlier this year, shifting over from third base. That could once again be the case going forward, with Yuli Gurriel taking over at the hot corner.