Mets outfielder Jake Marisnick, for whom the team traded over the winter, has been dealing with left hamstring tightness. The 29-year-old had been absent from the team’s lineups in a pair of exhibition games with the Yankees over the weekend and its intrasquad lineups for a game happening tonight.
Marisnick spent the past several years with the Astros, most recently hitting .233/.289/.411 with 10 home runs in 318 plate appearances last year, even as the team was operating a sign-stealing system to benefit its hitters—one the cost Carlos Beltran his job as Mets manager.
If Marisnick misses any time during the regular season, the Mets’ outfield depth would be challenged. Easily the best defensive center fielder on the team’s roster right now, Marisnick’s absence would leave the team with just three true outfielders on its 40-man roster: Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, and Brandon Nimmo. And of course, the team is no stranger to using players officially listed as infielders in the outfield, with J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith both having played significant innings in the outfield last year.