ATLANTA — Pete Alonso remains to be inspired by the prognosis of the left wrist contusion, however the Mets are enjoying it protected and sending him again to New York for additional testing.
Alonso, who was hit on the wrist with a pitch from Atlanta Braves right-hander Charlie Morton on Wednesday evening, had a CT scan earlier than departing Atlanta on Thursday and he’s scheduled to have an MRI in New York. The Mets wish to have their very own medical doctors from Hospital for Special Surgery consider their slugger, however the hope is that he can meet the workforce in Pittsburgh this weekend for a three-game collection.
“Talking to Pete during the game out on the field and talking to him after the game, I knew he wasn’t going to play today,” supervisor Buck Showalter stated Thursday earlier than the collection finale between the Mets and the Braves at Truist Park. “He was pretty sore. The scan was scheduled for here. As far as I know, he’s still encouraged.”
Mark Vientos made his first begin at first base instead of Alonso. The rookie performed a substantial quantity of first base within the minor leagues, shifting over to make room for Brett Baty at third base. Vientos primarily performed at first base throughout spring coaching. Vientos will play Thursday as properly, which might point out that the Mets don’t anticipate to get Alonso again till Saturday, on the earliest.
“It’s not something that he’s not familiar with,” Showalter stated. “We just hope that he can kind of get it going and give us a little help offensively.”
The Mets have favored Daniel Vogelbach over Vientos because the designated hitter lately, however Vogelbach is hitting simply .203 this season with two dwelling runs, however solely .083 with 13 strikeouts over is final 15 video games (3-for-36 in 44 plate appearances). Showalter has come below hearth for favoring the struggling slugger however the lineup isn’t precisely a manager-only resolution. The Mets gave Vogelbach an opportunity to point out that he might hit for a similar energy he did final season, however in the end he hasn’t been capable of present that.
At some level, the Mets might need to determine whether or not they’re higher off with out Vogelbach, particularly if it means getting one other bullpen arm. The query of tips on how to proceed with Vientos is one other one the Mets should reply quickly, however for a minimum of a couple of extra days they’ve a spot to play him.
Vientos has solely gotten into 12 video games since being referred to as up from Triple-A Syracuse on May 17, and has had solely restricted alternatives to carry out on the plate. He made one begin at third base in Colorado two weeks in the past. It’s troublesome for a creating participant to have such a minimal function, however the homegrown 23-year-old is doing what he can to remain prepared.
“I’m just trying to take every day as if I’m playing,” Vientos lately advised the Daily News. “I’m trying to keep everything the same and be consistent. The only way my play is going to be consistent is if my routine is consistent.”
Vientos does work at third base and first base every day, along with his work within the cages. He has hit simply .188 because the call-up, however he’s proven flashes of the ability the Mets noticed once they chosen him within the second spherical of the 2017 MLB Draft.
“You can’t sit around just because you’re not playing,” Vientos stated. “You’ve got to try to get better, try to move.”
Alonso, who leads the league with 22 dwelling runs, remains to be thought-about day-to-day. The Mets didn’t present an replace following the 13-10 loss in Atlanta, with Showalter saying he would let normal supervisor Billy Eppler deal with additional updates.