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Mets injury update: Tyler Clippard experiencing back tightness

The Mets' eighth-inning reliever was unavailable for last night's game due to a tight back.

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While warming up before last night's game, relief pitcher Tyler Clippard had his back tighten up, and as a result, was unavailable to pitch the eighth inning in his usual role. In his place, Addison Reed continued his stellar pitching since joining the Mets with a one-two-three inning.

After the game, Clippard expressed that the back issue was no cause for alarm, as evidenced by the fact that he will not require an MRI. He said that his back ultimately loosened up during the course of the game, and he could have pitched if truly needed, but was held out of the game as a precaution.

Clippard, who immediately jumped into the Mets' setup role after being acquired from Oakland in late July, has mostly succeeded with his new team. He has pitched to a 2.73 ERA over 26.1 innings, but of late, he has been bothered by the long ball, which bears watching due to his propensity to outperform his peripheral stats.