Todd Frazier has an oblique strain and will fly back to New York for a cortisone injection, Steve Gelbs reported earlier this morning. Frazier experienced oblique tightness yesterday and had an MRI, which revealed the problem. A New York Mets official stated that it “doesn’t appear to be severe” according to Anthony DiComo.
The 33-year-old third baseman, who has not appeared in a spring training game yet, was set to make his debut in tomorrow afternoon’s matchup, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey. Frazier told the media that he was “very frustrated” following the diagnosis.
Frazier landed on the disabled list for the first two times in his career last season. He missed about four weeks of action in May after suffering a strained left hamstring, and another four weeks in July with a strained muscle in his left rib cage. He appeared in 115 in his first year with the Mets and finished with a .213/.303/.390 slash line, 18 home runs, a 93 wRC+, a 10.2% walk rate, a 23.7% strikeout rate, and a 1.5 fWAR.
The news comes on the heels of the announcement that Jed Lowrie has a capsule sprain in his left knee. There are a number of roster ramifications given the injury uncertainty surrounding both of the team’s possible third basemen. The team could look to stick Jeff McNeil back at third base if either or both men aren’t ready on Opening Day. J.D. Davis also could spend time at third base in the event that Frazier and/or Lowrie are unavailable for the start of the regular season. This also could open the door for Pete Alonso to secure the Opening Day job at first base.