The Mets placed Robert Gsellman on the injured list over the weekend due to pain in his right triceps, and the team provided an unfortunate update on that front today. The righty reliever was diagnosed with a partial lat tear, and while Mickey Callaway and company had been hoping that his trip to the IL would be a short one, this news seemingly indicates that his season is over.
It’s a tough blow for a Mets bullpen that is still struggling to find consistency as the team fights for a wild card spot. And it’s an even tougher blow for Gsellman, who—as has been the case for the majority of his major league career—has been unable to play up to his potential this season. He’s performed to the tune of a 4.66 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 23 walks in 63.2 innings. Those numbers are more or less in-line with his career norms, but the hope has always been that he would be able to live up to the kind of potential that he demonstrated as a starter in his rookie year in 2016. But it is now likely that he will have to wait until 2020 before getting the chance to do that.
Walker Lockett had been recalled from Triple A to replace Gsellman when he originally went on the IL, but he has already been sent back down as the Mets continue to spin the roster carousel as they try to find the ideal match of players to fight for a playoff spot.