Jeff McNeil Heads to Injured List
The New York Mets have placed infielder/outfielder Jeff McNeil on the injured list with a left hamstring strain. The Mets have called up an old friend with playoff experience in Ruben Tejada. The official word on McNeil’s injury is a low-grade hamstring strain. After last night’s game, McNeil said it “didn’t feel great” but also said, “I don’t think it’s terrible.”
Jeff McNeil has been placed on the 10-day IL (low-grade left hamstring strain) and we have selected the contract of Rubén Tejada from Triple-A Syracuse. Jacob Rhame has been transferred to the 60-Day IL. #Mets pic.twitter.com/ZXMboiSyPh
– New York Mets (@Mets) August 14, 2019
The Jeff McNeil Effect
McNeil is one of the heartbeats of not only the Mets but their rabid fan base. He is a true sparkplug for this team. McNeil is batting .332 and was the Major League leader up until a few games ago. The injury to McNeil opens up a hole in the Mets lineup that just can’t be filled. McNeil despite being an infielder was playing rightfield up until second basemen Robinson Cano tore his hamstring a week and a half ago.
Jeff McNeil has been shuffling between second base and right field since the Cano injury. His versatility is one of his best assets. Despite the great seasons by Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto, McNeil is considered by many to be the MVP of this team.
Second Injured List Stint
McNeil, who had previously spent time on the injured list this season with an injury to the same hamstring, said he didn’t feel a pop. An MRI revealed the strain is mild. But still, hamstring injuries are tricky especially when it’s the second time McNeil will miss time with the same injury.
The Mets obviously hope McNeil does not miss more than ten days. The Mets do have two off days in the next two weeks which could save games for McNeil. Hopefully, the Mets can avoid a slide that will force them to decide to rush McNeil back.
Ruben Tejada is no stranger to the Mets or this fanbase. He is most remembered for that famous play against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the 2015 National League Divisional series. Tejada was covering second base when Chase Utley was trying to break up a double play attempt. Utley did more than break up a double play, though. He broke Tejada’s right fibula, …read more
Source:: Daily Times