We’re 11 days from Opening Day, and the Mets already have a serious injury affecting their starting rotation.
On Friday afternoon, left-hander Jason Vargas got hit on his glove hand by a line drive while he pitched in a minor league game. On Sunday, the Mets announced the results of a CT scan he had done.
The test’s conclusion showed a non-displaced fracture of the hamate in his hand.
Vargas will be seeing a hand specialist on Sunday to determine his next steps.
According to MetsBlog, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has basically laid out two options for Vargas. He can either pitch through the pain or get surgery. The latter choice would obviously keep him out of the rotation for a lot longer, but since it’s not his pitching hand, maybe Vargas can come back sooner than expected.
This latest development definitely makes decisions about the pitching staff a little more complicated for the Mickey Callaway and company. With Noah Syndergaard slated for Opening Day, and Jacob deGrom on tap for game 2 of the season, the rest of the order is pretty much completely open for anyone to slot in.
Vargas signed a two-year, $16 million deal on February 16, and was essentially brought in to add more stability to the rotation. With injuries to Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo, and Matt Harvey last season, we had all hoped at least Vargas would be able to take the mound 30 times a year. Now, that goal is definitely in danger.
Guys like Lugo, and Wheeler are definitely helped out by Vargas being sidelined and they’ll more than likely make the Opening Day roster if the lefty has to sit out.
It would be nice if the Mets were a little more proactive, and went out and signed a guy like Alex Cobb who is still unsigned. Unfortunately, we all know that won’t happen, so hopefully Vargas wont have to be out for long.