Not much has gone wrong for the Mets to launch their 2022 campaign.
But the first-placed Mets were dealt a blow on Friday when it was announced that catcher James McCann had fractured his left wrist and would require surgery.
The Mets estimated his recovery at about six weeks and he was placed on a 10-day IL. Patrick Mazica – who became a cult favorite for Mets fans after his 10th inning heroics against the Arizona Diamondbacks in May 7, 2021 – was recalled from the Syracuse Mets.
The severity of McCann’s injury was somewhat of a surprise, with catcher and manager Buck Showalter hoping Thursday that he would return to the lineup for Friday’s series opener against the Seattle Mariners.
McCann was left out of the lineup in the last two games of the Mets series against the Nationals in Washington, which the team said was normal wrist pain. He had come off the bench in Thursday’s win, and was convinced enough of how his wrist felt that he “definitely could have played” on Wednesday.
But on Friday, after not showing significant enough improvement, Showalter said McCann was sent for an X-ray “to be on the safe side” that revealed a Hammett fracture.
“It’s sad because he was starting to swing the bat,” said the Mets manager. “We [Jacob deGrom]We had Trevor May, we had [Sean Redid-Foley] and now McCann [injured], So when I say that harmony is not the absence of problems, it is simply the ability to deal with them. So now this is an opportunity for Majika.”
The Mets manager said that neither the team nor McCann has been able to ascertain when and how the injury occurred, but they are still looking into it. Showalter also said McCann’s injury is common.
“Our guys are always looking for, well, what could we have done differently,” Showalter explained, “or was it just breakage or was it a hammock? Mack, we talked to him about it. He Can’t really point to anything. I haven’t spoken to him about it today.”
McCann said on Thursday that he does not think he was injured during a game at the plate or on a swing. Showalter said McCann also told him that no catcher’s interference would be a cause.
“It’s tough,” Showalter later added. “I know how much Mac loves to be in the club and contribute and be a part of it. We’re going to see him again and he’s going to contribute again.”
kalenik sent down
Jared Kellenick, who was once the Mets’ top prospect drafted him No. 6 overall in 2018, was sent back to the minors on Thursday.
Kellenic, who the Mets traded with the Mariners for Edwin Diaz and ex-mate Robinson Canoe in December 2018, has had a rocky big league career since being called up in May 2021.
In 93 matches last season, he scored .181/.265/.350 runs, batting 106 times in 337. He was elected on 7 June, then recalled again on 16 July. So this is the second time that Kellenic has been picked in two seasons.
Mariners manager Scott Servais said of Kellenick’s reaction to being sent down again, “Don’t expect players to be happy when things like this don’t go their way and he’s off to a bad start.” Kellenic was informed that he was being picked after the Mariners were already in New York for Friday’s game. “He wants to fix it as quickly as possible and knows he needs to step back and get an environment that allows him to do that.
“It’s probably not going to be here right now, so let’s do the right thing for the player, which is what we’ve always tried to do. And I think it’s the right thing to step back now. He understands that.”
He played 30 games with the big league club of the Mariners, in which he batted .140/.219/.291, batting 36 times in 86. This was enough for the Mariners to send him off to work on himself again. But Servais isn’t worried about his struggling left fielder.
“He’s 22. There are five guys in the league who are that age or younger. He’s too young,” said Service. “I don’t want to say ‘go do it and everything will be fine. ‘ We don’t know. I know if he can somehow put a smile on his face, go out and play for the love of playing baseball, and take the pressure off a little bit, we’ll see what happens. ,
When asked what work Kellenick really needed to do, Servais said: “He needs to rest and play the game and have fun again. Baseball is a fun sport when you’re doing well and you Playing according to his abilities.”