Today was not a good injury day for the Mets. During today’s media availability, Luis Rojas revealed that Jacob deGrom has been shut down from throwing for another two weeks. deGrom traveled to Los Angeles to get a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache and doctors still don’t know what is wrong with his elbow. While the inflammation is “improving,” according to Rojas, it is not improving enough for him to begin throwing yet. Although it is still possible deGrom could return this season, with time running out, those odds are dwindling.
Ahead of tonight’s game, the Mets also placed Javier Báez on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to yesterday, with back spasms. Although Báez has just a .171/.216/.343 batting line since being traded to the Mets, he has played an essential role in a few Mets wins over the past couple of weeks. With Báez sidelined and Francisco Lindor, Luis Guillorme, and José Peraza all still also on the injured list, the Mets are also now very thin at the shortstop position. Jonathan Villar is now the only player on the active roster with any substantial major league experience at the position. Brandon Drury has logged a total of 57 innings at shortstop in his big league career.
The Mets have called up Travis Blankenhorn from Triple-A to take Báez’s spot on the roster. Blankenhorn has not played shortstop in the majors or the minors in his career, but he does have a respectable 107 wRC+ in 16 games the majors this season. The Mets have also optioned Trevor Williams back to Triple-A Syracuse after his solid performance in which he gave up one run on three hits in 4 1⁄3 innings of work in Game 2 of yesterday’s doubleheader. He will almost certainly be back on the major league roster at some point, as the Mets try to stay afloat during this tough stretch of the schedule—a feat made even more difficult by deGrom’s continued absence and Báez’s injury.