The Mets announced this afternoon that Neil Walker has a partially torn hamstring and will be out for several weeks. They placed him on the 10-day disabled list and called up infielder Gavin Cecchini from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his place on the roster.
Walker’s loss is a significant one for the Mets, as he’s hit .270/.352/.468 with nine home runs and a 119 wRC+ in 254 plate appearances. And considering how he struggled in April, those numbers are awfully impressive. The team intends to start T.J. Rivera at second base regularly in his absence.
As for Cecchini, this isn’t his first time on the major league roster, but he has just seven plate appearances in his big league career thus far. With Las Vegas this year, he hit .249/.313/.349, and uninspiring line in the hitter-friendly context of the Pacific Coast League and the ballpark that the 51s call home.