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Mets place Neil Walker on disabled list with partial left hamstring tear

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May 31, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) walks to the dugout after striking out in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
May 31, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) walks to the dugout after striking out in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
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Just when you think the Mets injury woes are getting better, someone else gets hurt. During Wednesday night’s game, it was Neil Walker‘s turn.

[Update 6/15/17]

The Mets have officially announced that Neil Walker suffered “a partial tear of his left hamstring” on Wednesday night. He will start his rehab right away as he has been placed on the disabled list. He, like Harvey, is expected to miss several weeks.

To take Walker’s place in the roster, the Mets have called up Gavin Cecchini from Triple-A Las Vegas.

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After a leadoff single by Juan Lagares, Walker laid down a beautiful bunt down the third base line. Unfortunately after taking a couple of steps out of the box, Walker’s left leg gave out as he barely managed to stay upright. He’d eventually land on his back, holding his left hamstring.

The official word from the Mets is that Walker suffered a “left leg injury,” and he will undergo an MRI tomorrow. It’s obviously going to be interesting to see if and for long he ends up being on the disabled list with this latest injury.

Walker joins his middle infield teammate, Asdrubal Cabrera, as the latest two Mets to go down with injuries. Cabrera’s thumb has been giving him fits and he was forced back to the DL this week.

If this injury does end up costing Walker significant time, it’ll be a real hit on the offense. This month, Neil has been hitting pretty consistently. Even as far back as the start of May, you could see Walker starting to heat up. His .321/.405/.575 since the beginning of that month has been among the best on the team. He’s also seven home runs during that span.

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Of course, aside from the missing offense, this latest development will again bring up Amed Rosario as a topic of conversation. Depending on how long Walker is on the shelf, the Mets may finally be pushed to call him up. Now, we wouldn’t be surprised if they decide to just call up Matt Reynolds and continue to avoid the most logical reason, so try not to be shocked as well if that happens.

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