Not only have the Mets lost five of their last six games, but the club is undergoing a rash of injuries, the likes of which we have unfortunately seen before. More bad news arrived on Friday afternoon, when the club announced that Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores will be going on the 10-day disabled list, with T.J. Rivera and Sean Gilmartin taking their places on the 25-man roster. Rivera will start at third base on Friday night.
Duda hyperextended his elbow on Wednesday night, but we didn’t know until now that the injury would warrant an trip to the DL. Flores, meanwhile, is dealing with a knee infection that will keep him in the hospital throughout the weekend.
Travis d’Arnaud and Yoenis Cespedes were banged up recently as well, but both players are going to stay on the active roster for now. d’Arnaud even pinch-hit on Thursday, but he’s been scratched from Friday’s lineup. Cespedes should miss a couple of days with a hamstring injury.
In other injury news, Jacob deGrom, who was scheduled to start on Friday against Washington, will be pushed back a day due to a stiff neck. Matt Harvey will pitch in his stead. Finally, Asdrubal Cabrera is out of the lineup with a leg issue, but is avoiding the DL for now.
Here’s a rundown of the Mets who we think will be in the starting lineup on Friday against the division-leading Nationals:
- RHP: Matt Harvey
- C: Rene Rivera
- 1B: Jay Bruce
- 2B: Neil Walker
- 3B: T.J. Rivera
- SS: Jose Reyes
- LF: Michael Conforto
- CF: Juan Lagares
- RF: Curtis Granderson
Both Cabrera and Cespedes will be available to pinch-hit, with Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman on call for pinch-running situations.