ATLANTA – The Mets, who trailed by two runs, were down to their final three outs. And then, suddenly, the score did not seem so important.
Instead, all heads turned toward a rising star who pulled up and grabbed his left hamstring. It was a nightmarish sight for the Mets and their fans.
It occurred when Jeff McNeil, with no outs in the ninth inning, sprinted toward first base to try and leg out an infield single. Not only was he ruled out, but the play could prove much more devastating.
He limped off the field and into the clubhouse. He spent about half an hour receiving treatment on his hamstring. He will have an MRI in Atlanta on Wednesday morning.
“Didn’t feel great,” McNeil said after the game. “I don’t think it’s terrible. We have no timeline. We’ll see how it feels in the morning.”
As he neared the bag, he felt a little snag. McNeil said it is the same hamstring he injured back in June. He added that it felt the same. Not a pop, just that snag.
He landed on the injured list for the last one.
What’s his feeling on this one?
“I guess we’ll see where it is in the morning,” he said. “Hopefully it’s not bad and hopefully it’s just a cramp that I felt. But I guess we’ll see.”
McNeil could not divulge much more, only because he did not know. At the time he spoke to reporters, his hamstring was numb as it had just been iced and treated.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway could not provide more after Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to the Braves.
Hitting .332 this season, the All-Star has been the spark at the top of the New York lineup this season. He entered Tuesday with the second-highest batting average in the National League.
There is never a good time for an injury, but this one could not have come at a worse juncture. The Mets are back in the postseason race, but there is still work to do. They have already lost Robinson Canó for an unknown amount of time. Dominic Smith is also out with an injury.
Now McNeil, perhaps New York’s most consistent performer, could be shelved for a while.
“It sucks,” McNeil said. “Team’s playing well. I just want to contribute. Hopefully this is something really short and I can get back on the field.”
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Source:: Daily Times