A third Mets player has hurt himself swinging a bat, but thankfully this one doesn’t seem to be too serious.
In Saturday night’s second game of the doubleheader in Houston, shortstop Amed Rosario hurt his finger swinging in one of his at bats. His right index finger would subsequently swell up the next day during the series finale prompting the Mets to pull their young infielder from the game.
The team says X-rays on Rosario’s right index finger came back clean, but they’re calling it a bruise that might cause him to miss a few days at the very least.
Rosario is the latest Mets players to be forced to miss some time with an injury in 2017. Just in this series in Houston, infielder Wilmer Flores broke his nose when a foul tip struck his face. The timetable for him to be sidelined is still unknown.
Add that to the freak injury Michael Conforto suffered toward the end of last month, Yoenis Cespedes managing to strain both of his hamstrings in one calendar year, Matt Harvey going down with an impingement in his shoulder, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler being shut down with their own respective injuries, and of course, Noah Syndergaard tearing his lat in April, and you can see why we firmly believe this Mets team is cursed.
Rosario will hopefully not have to miss too much time with this ailment though. The rookie has been playing a lot of games since coming up in August, and while at times it’s been a struggle, it’s good to see him progress with more time out on the field.
The 21-year-old Rosario has hit a line of .245/.272/.427 over his first 31 games and 114 plate appearances with the Mets this season. He’s gone deep four times already so for a guy that wasn’t suppose to have much power to begin with, it’s nice to see he can drive the ball at times as well.
His defense has also been a work in progress. It’s clear the talent is there for him to main the 6 for years to come, but he does need a little more work on the mental side of being a shortstop in the majors, and that’s something that will come with time.
Rosario will likely miss the first couple of games against the Phillies – a series that starts on Monday and runs through Wednesday. Hopefully he’s out there before the Mets move on to Cincinnati, but if need be, give him as much time as he needs to recover. No sense in aggravating a minor injury and have it turn into something worse.