March 26, 2023

New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte was positioned on the 10-day injured checklist with a partial non-displaced fracture in his proper center finger, the crew introduced Saturday. Infield prospect Mark Vientos was referred to as as much as fill the roster spot.

Marte suffered the harm when he was hit by a pitch Tuesday night time. He initially remained within the recreation and performed one other inning within the subject, then was eliminated. The Mets initially referred to as it a day-to-day harm, although Marte didn’t present sufficient enchancment in current days to stay on the lively roster. Right here’s the harm:

“At first, I felt the stress of the place the ache was going to be, after which after I was on the market (within the outfield) I felt like I couldn’t throw and that sort of led me to speak to the crew coach and at that time they took me,” Marte informed SNY after Tuesday’s recreation. He went for imaging Wednesday that discovered the fracture.

Marte, 33, is within the first yr of a four-year, $78 million contract. He owns a .292/.347/.468 batting line with 16 house runs and 18 stolen bases, which was sufficient to earn him his second profession All-Star Sport choice. Evidently, Marte is a vital cog close to the highest of New York’s lineup.

Commerce deadline addition Tyler Naquin has dealt with proper subject responsibility since Marte was injured, although the Mets have solely confronted right-handed starters. Darin Ruf in left and Mark Canha in proper is a chance towards lefties, with Vientos at DH.

The 22-year-old Vientos owns a .280/.358/.519 batting line with 24 house runs in Triple-A this season, albeit with a 28.6 % strikeout fee. He has performed first and third bases this yr, and has dabbled in left prior to now. ranks Vientos the No. 7 prospect in New York’s farm system, including the ability makes him a possible center of the order risk.

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The Mets entered play Saturday with an 87-52 document. They’re a half-game behind the defending World Sequence champion Atlanta Braves within the NL East. New York had at the least a share of first place day by day since April 11 previous to Friday’s loss.