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Mets expect Jeff McNeil to hit injured list, Ruben Tejada most likely replacement

McNeil will have an MRI on his hamstring today in Atlanta.

MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

After leaving Tuesday night’s game with a hamstring injury, second baseman Jeff McNeil will undergo an MRI in Atlanta today to assess whether he will require time on the injured list.

Mets team officials are not optimistic about the results of the scan, and the assumption is that he will be out of commission for a period of time. Ruben Tejada is the most likely replacement for McNeil on the roster, and he is expected to arrive in Atlanta today.

McNeil has been a bright spot on the team all season, batting .332/.400/.529 while splitting time between the infield and the outfield. His absence is complicated by the team’s loss of second baseman Robinson Cano, also to a hamstring injury.

Tejada, who has not been in the majors since 2017 and has not played for the Mets since breaking his leg during the 2015 playoffs, has played well in the minors this season, with a .337/.412/.486 line between Double- and Triple-A.