Jeff McNeil suffered a left hamstring injury during Wednesday night's clash with the Atlanta Braves, immediately pulling up lame after trying to reach base with an infield single.
It certainly didn't look good, and the infielder will undergo an MRI in Atlanta. The Mets are bracing themselves for some bad news, and are anticipating an IL stint for the 27-year-old.
#Mets officials believe it’s likely Jeff McNeil will need to be placed on the injured list due to injured left hamstring, but they’re waiting for MRI confirmation this afternoon, source says. Ruben Tejada is the likely callup, per @JonHeyman. @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) August 14, 2019
McNeil has been a staple of consistency within the Mets' lineup this season, slashing a ridiculous .332/.400/.529 with 15 homers and 55 RBI. The All-Star typically leads off for the Amazins, but his injury could force them to change things up.
In comments after the game, McNeil didn't sound too confident, though he plans to take the wait-and-see approach.
"It didn't feel great, I don't think it's terrible...I guess we'll see how it feels in the morning" - Jeff McNeil on his hamstring pic.twitter.com/qFT1QFau4Z— SNY (@SNYtv) August 14, 2019
If McNeil is forced to hit the shelf, the team plans to promote Ruben Tejada from Triple-A. Tejada was last in the big leagues in 2017 with the Orioles, playing in 41 games and slashing .230/.293/.283 with 5 RBI.
In 71 games at Triple-A Syracuse, Tejada is slashing .330/.408/.476 with 6 homers and 38 RBI and 26 extra-base hits, so it'll be interesting to see if he can produce in McNeil's stead.