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Mets: Dominic Smith strains quad, will undergo MRI on Monday

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Dominic Smith
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Dominic Smith

We’re two games into Spring Training, and the Mets injury report already looks in mid-season form.

First baseman Dominic Smith has a strained right quad, the Mets announced on Sunday morning. Smith told reporters he felt it tighten up while running the bases during Saturday afternoon’s loss against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The 22-year-old infielder will undergo an MRI on Monday to make sure no structural damage has occurred. He thankfully didn’t sound to concern when talking about his injury before Sunday’s contest against the Marlins.

"“There’s no real concern. Obviously, I’m going to get the MRI tomorrow, and it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. I’m going to make sure I do everything it takes to be back out there as soon as I can,” Smith told the media."

This is the first time Smith is sidelined with any type of injury, according to him. He’s been able to maintain good health throughout his young professional career in the minor leagues, so hopefully that’s able to continue as he makes the move up the ranks.

Smith joins Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, and even Tim Tebow on the list of minor Mets injuries this spring. The outfielders shouldn’t be out as long as Smith – all three are listed as day-to-day.

On the positive side, with the first weekend of Spring Training almost in the books, the Mets pitchers are all still healthy (knocks on every piece of wood nearby). Zack Wheeler pitched a single inning on Friday, while Seth Lugo notched two scoreless frames on Saturday. While it’s only been one short start for each, it was good to see them both go out there without experiencing discomfort in their arms.

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Robert Gsellman will make his spring debut on Sunday, along with Yoenis Cespedes – who will be the designated hitter – and Asdrubal Cabrera – who will be manning second base.