James McCann returns to the injured list for the second time this season, and Buck Showalter expects the Mets’ starting receiver to miss more than the 10-day minimum.
McCann suffered an oblique injury while applying a tag in the sixth inning of Saturday’s 10-inning win over the Marlins. He also spent more than six weeks on the IL with a fractured hand before being activated on June 25. Patrick Mazeika was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to support Tomas Nido in Sunday’s series finale at Citi Field.
“It will not only be the [IL] period. … It will be longer than 10 days,” Showalter said ahead of Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Miami. “Obviously for the team too, but I’m disappointed for him.
“Coaches were talking about it. I don’t know if they ever made anyone work harder to recover from the hamate [injury]. I know Mac was really disappointed [Saturday] night, I wanted to have different news. But that’s the nature of what these guys do for a living.
Showalter said the Mets “actually got good news” from the MRI results on outfielder Starling Marte, who left Saturday’s game with tightness in his left groin.
“We’ll watch it day by day and hopefully it won’t be too long,” Showalter said.
Marte, one of four Mets selected to the NL All-Star Team on Sunday, has a 0.380/0.436/0.600 slant line over his last 13 games to bring his GAA to 0.291 with an OPS of 0.803 .
“Everything went well, just a slight inflammation,” Marte said through a translator. “I had been feeling it for a few days and thought it was something I could play. …I’m still on treatment, but I hope to be there as soon as possible.
Infielder Kramer Robertson was in the clubhouse before the game and is expected to be activated on Monday to replace Jeff McNeil, who left after the game on paternity leave for the birth of his first child. Robertson’s mother, Kim Mulkey, is the head coach of LSU’s women’s basketball team.
Showalter said the Mets will announce the schedule for Jacob deGrom’s third minor league departure after he goes through a parallel session on Monday. … Outfielder Travis Jankowski is expected to join the Mets in Atlanta. “That’s the plan, but we’ll see how it goes,” Showalter said. “You want to make the baseball gods laugh, tell him your plan.”
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