Things got even worse for the Mets in the final game of this weekend’s Phillies series, as trade deadline acquisition Javier Báez exited the game after failing to run out a ground ball after a swing in the fifth inning. The team later revealed that the shortstop was dealing with “left hip tightness.”
While it remains to be seen how serious the injury is, it goes without saying that the Mets—who are now out of first place and still struggling mightily to score runs—can ill-afford to lose any of their major players right now. Seeing Báez miss time—so shortly after surrendering 2020 first-round pick Pete Crow-Armstrong for him at the deadline in the hopes that the former Cubs shortstop could ignite the team’s offense—would be especially painful, especially with fellow shortstops Francisco Lindor and Luis Guillorme presently on the injured list. Presumably, Luis Rojas will provide additional information upon conclusion of today’s game.