Bad news for the Mets. All-Star second baseman Jeff McNeil suffered a hamstring injury in last night’s loss to the Braves. It happened while he was trying to beat out a grounder in the ninth inning.
McNeil said he felt “a little snag,” as opposed to a pop, in his left hamstring as he ran down the line. He slammed his helmet down in disgust as it happened and left the field accompanied by a trainer.
In what is, possibly, a good sign, he’s staying in Atlanta for his MRI as opposed to flying back to New York, which is common practice for the Mets. Maybe it means they think there’s a chance he can avoid the injured list? We’ll know later today.
McNeil has been a big part of the Mets’ surprising second half surge. And, of course, he’s been excellent all season, hitting .332/.400/.529 with 15 homers in 105 games this season.
Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.
Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.
The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.