Mets' McNeil Lands On IL With Mild Hamstring Strain

Ruben Tejada Called Up To Fill Roster Spot

WFAN.com
August 14, 2019 - 10:06 pm
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The Mets will be without All-Star utilityman Jeff McNeil for a while.

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New York announced Wednesday it has placed McNeil on the 10-day injured list with a mild left hamstring strain. MLB.com's Anthony DiComo was the first to report on McNeil's MRI results Wednesday. A source told DiComo that the expectation is for McNeil to return in about 10 days.

"It seems like it's a very mild strain," Callaway told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Wednesday. "We'll treat him day-to-day and see how it goes. We felt it was necessary to (put McNeil on the IL) because he wasn't going to be able to play today or the next couple of days."

McNeil left the ninth inning of Tuesday night's 5-3 loss at Atlanta after trying to beat out a grounder. 

He said he felt "a little snag" in his left hamstring as he approached first base. He slammed down his helmet after crossing the bag in obvious frustration and, after a brief delay, walked gingerly back to the Mets' dugout accompanied by a trainer.

"It didn't feel great, but I don't think it's terrible," McNeil said Tuesday night. "We'll see what it feels like in the morning."

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It's a big loss for the Mets. McNeil is hitting .332 this season, trailing only Pittsburgh's Bryan Reynolds and Milwaukee's Christian Yelich in the National League. McNeil also has 15 home runs, 55 RBIs, a .400 on-base percentage and .929 OPS.

The injury comes at a time when the Mets have rallied to climb back into the playoff hunt. Eleven games under .500 about a month ago, the team has won 15 of its last 18 games and sits just two games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second NL wild-card spot.

The Mets called up infielder Ruben Tejada from Triple-A Syracuse to fill McNeil's roster spot. Tejada was a Met from 2010-15 before moving on to play for the Cardinals, Giants and Orioles. The Mets signed the infielder to a minor league contract in March. Tejada has not played in a major league game since 2017.

The Mets also announced that they transferred relief pitcher Jacob Rhame, who underwent season-ending elbow surgery Tuesday, to the 60-day injured list.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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