Mets injury news: Jerry Blevins has a fractured left forearm
Jerry Blevins suffered a broken left forearm when he was struck by a line drive while pitching in the seventh inning on Sunday, the Mets announced.
Blevins, who had yet to allow a baserunner this season, fielded the ball after it hit him and recorded the out at first base. However, he came out right after and went straight to the clubhouse, where an X-ray confirmed the fracture.
To replace Blevins on the roster, the Mets have called up RHP Hansel Robles from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Speaking after the game, Terry Collins said that Blevins would be examined on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery to determine the severity of the fracture and get a timetable for his return.
Jason Greenwood, a physical therapist, estimated that a likely timeframe for Blevins to recover would be four-to-eight weeks. Eight weeks would be the recovery time for a more complicated fracture, according to Greenwood.
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Injury expert Will Carroll said that the likely timeframe for Blevins to return would be four-to-six weeks.
The injury to Blevins is a tough one for a number of reasons, but if the four-to-six week time frame is accurate, this is something the Mets should be able to overcome.
As far as who comes up to replace Blevins on the roster, the Mets had a host of options.
Lefty Jack Leathersich has been phenomenal for Triple-A Las Vegas, not walking a batter so far this season, but he isn’t a lefty specialist.
Zack Thornton had a very good spring and could be an option, but he’s a right-hander.
However, the Mets opted to tab righty Hansel Robles, who was off to a fantastic start with Las Vegas.
If I was the Mets, I would’ve called up both Leathersich and Thornton up while placing Blevins on the disabled list and optioning Erik Goeddel to the minors. However, it’s hard to argue with Robles being the choice.
Regarding who replaces Blevins’ LOOGY (lefty one out guy) role while he’s out, it really should be Sean Gilmartin, whose numbers against lefties while in the minors were tremendous. Alex Torres really shouldn’t be an option for that role since he fares about the same against lefties and righties and has been struggling badly this year anyway.