Apparently run support for Jacob deGrom must come at the cost of three quarters of the Mets infield, as the Mets had three players scratched from tonight’s game due to injury. Jeff McNeil was a late scratch just before game time due to back tightness. Andres Gimenez started in McNeil’s stead at third base.
Gimenez later moved to shortstop when Amed Rosario was forced to exit the game in the third inning with left quad tightness. Rosario appeared to be running slowly out of the box on a groundout after running full speed in his previous at-bat to reach third base on an error.
Robinson Cano, who had been the Mets’ hottest hitter, leading the team in both batting average and RBIs, also had to leave the game early with an apparent injury that the team is calling left groin tightness. Brian Dozier entered the game in the fifth inning to replace him.
The Mets are hoping none of these injuries are serious, as the loss of any one of these three players for a significant amount of time would represent a serious blow to the lineup, let alone the loss of all three players at once.