ATLANTA – Jeff McNeil’s cranky reduce back again is the first prospective injuries of substance to infiltrate the Mets’ setting up lineup this period.
Just after acquiring penciled in Monday for his initially start off this period in still left discipline, McNeil was scratched with reduce-again tightness he incurred for the duration of his pregame batting cage routine, in accordance to the crew.
J.D. Davis — who was initially on the bench since of an upset tummy — changed McNeil and batted fifth in the lineup. Dominic Smith moved from DH to left subject.
McNeil has been amongst the Mets’ most popular hitters, with a .323/.429/.429 slash line. He was shifted to still left industry in the first lineup to give Andres Gimenez the start off at 3rd base.
Amed Rosario exited Monday’s game following a few innings, even though his position was not quickly clear. Andres Gimenez took in excess of at shortstop, though Luis Guillorme entered the activity at third base.
Smith’s time with the Mets could have finally arrived.
With Yoenis Cespedes finished right after opting out for the time, the vacancy exists for the 24-yr-old Smith that had earlier been nonexistent. Smith commenced in left discipline on Monday from the Braves, but also things into the DH blend. Smith is continue to Pete Alonso’s backup at first base.
“We were being unquestionably hunting to put Dom in there, regardless of whether it was in remaining, at first, DH and now it is going to materialize a minor bit more,” supervisor Luis Rojas said.
Smith put in most of very last period coming off the bench mainly because of an outfield glut, and even the addition of the DH to this Nationwide League this season hadn’t presented him a great deal of an opening, with Cespedes’ return to the lineup.
Smith entered perform with a .250/.375/.500 slash line with a single homer and 5 RBIs in 16 plate appearances.
“You can rely on a high quality at-bat with him,” Rojas stated. “Despite his youthful age we have talked about how mature he has handled the role of not commencing just about every working day and getting ready when he receives the probability. Ideal now he is getting the likelihood and we’re genuinely hunting forward to placing him in there any time we could.”
Ali Sanchez was recalled from the team’s alternate schooling website, providing the Mets a 3rd catcher. Rojas reported carrying a third catcher will give a protection net in pinch-managing for Wilson Ramos in the late innings.