Prior to today’s matinee series finale against the Washington Nationals, the New York Mets placed Robinson Cano and Jeff McNeil on the Injured List. To take their place, the team recalled Luis Guillorme to provide additional depth on the bench and Ryan O’Rourke to rejoin the bullpen.
After Michael Conforto suffered a concussion on May 16, and after placing Brandon Nimmo on the IL with neck inflammation prior to last night’s game, the team has now lost half of their Opening Day lineup to injuries over the last week. McNeil experienced left hamstring tightness in the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s victory and was not available to play on Wednesday. To make matters worse, Cano exited last night’s game in the third inning after suffering a low-grade left quad strain while running out a ground ball.
With a thin bench, the club has called up Guillorme, who will likely split time with Adeiny Hechavarria at second base with Cano and McNeil out and Jed Lowrie still on the shelf. In 19 plate appearances for the Mets in 2019, Guillorme has three singles, one walk, and six strikeouts. He has fared much better in Triple-A, where he’s hitting .278/.402/.361 with one home run in 72 at-bats.
This will be O’Rourke’s second stint in the majors this season. He was called up earlier this month and pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in two outings. He did not allow a hit in either appearance, but he walked three while striking out one.