SAN DIEGO — The Mets received the best possible prognosis they could have hoped for on Wednesday regarding two injured members of their lineup.
Pete Alonso and Starling Marte are both considered day-to-day after exiting Tuesday night’s Mets loss to the Padres.
Alonso was hit in the right hand by a fastball by Yu Darvish and Marte went one inning with left quadriceps discomfort after being caught trying to steal second base. Initial x-rays of Alonso’s hand were negative, and further scans showed no breaks or fractures to the hand. Marte was less specific about his quad but said it feels better and he expects to avoid the injury list.
“It was as positive news today as we could have hoped for,” manager Buck Showalter said before the Mets played their series finale against the Padres.
Alonso said his hand is swelling and likens it to an injury he sustained and played through last May, with diminished results. Alonso wouldn’t rule out an IL stay for this one and said the next day or two should bring more clarity to the situation.
Neither Alonso nor Marte were in the starting XI on Wednesday.
“We’re just going to rehabilitate and treat this thing and see how quickly it responds,” Alonso said. “We’re not necessarily going to set a timeline, but no breaks and no breaks, which is huge. A scary moment but we’re glad everything is structured and we’re just treating the thing until it comes back.”
Alonso had played 151 straight games last season and had a goal to play them all this year but will now change that goal.
“I still feel like I’m going to play 162+ games because we’re in the playoffs if we get it right,” Alonso said. “I want to be prepared for the long run and play all of October, so the tally will probably add up to more than 162 [games].”
Alonso has entered the early National League MVP talk by delivering thunder. He entered the MLB lead on Wednesday with 54 RBIs and his 16 homers tied with Mookie Betts for the NL lead.
JD Davis has started playing first base in recent days, giving the Mets a solid slugger at position until Alonso returns. Davis started at first base Monday – his first action there since 2018 with the Astros – and replaced Alonso a night later after being forced to leave the game.
Alonso stated that he was hit at the fifth metacarpal in “the flesh” of the hand.
“It’s part of the game, especially when the guys throw hard and go up and in,” Alonso said. “It’s part of the game, I know how to use it and of course we have an excellent training team. They have history because I’ve had a bruise on my right hand in the past.”
Marte’s game relies heavily on his legs, so the only certainty is that the Mets would play it cautiously with that quadriceps injury. The veteran outfielder owns a .277/.316/.441 slash with seven homers, 33 RBIs and eight stolen bases.
“Thank God I feel good,” said Marte. “Of course it could have been worse, but at the moment it’s everyday life. We’ve been working on getting it right most of the morning and we’ll keep working on it and I’ll be back out there soon.”
Marte said he injured his leg in his attempted theft while trying to stay on base.
“In a way, I just felt a cramp,” Marte said. “But they were worried because I wasn’t walking well enough after that piece. But as I ran a little bit more and went outfield it got a little bit better, but today it feels a lot better.
Khalil Lee was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to give the Mets another positional player. Otherwise, the Mets would have had only one backup catcher available.
Mark Canha moved to right field with Marte’s departure on Tuesday and stayed in that position Wednesday, with Jeff McNeil on the left and Brandon Nimmo in the middle – an alignment Luis Guillorme kept at second base.