Mets avoid injury catastrophe with Pete Alonso, Starling Marte

SAN DIEGO — The Mets received about the best possible prognosis for which they could have hoped Wednesday, regarding two hurting members of their lineup.

Pete Alonso and Starling Marte are both considered day-to-day after they left the Mets’ leaving loss Tuesday night against the Padres.

Alonso was hit in the right hand by a Yu Darvish fastball and Marte departed with left quadriceps discomfort an inning after he was caught attempting to steal second base. Initial X-rays on Alonso’s hand were negative, and further imaging revealed no breaks or fractures to the hand. Marte was less specific about his quad, but said it was feeling better and his expectation is he will avoid the injured list.

“It was as positive news today as we could have hoped to get,” manager Buck Showalter said before the Mets played their series finale against the Padres.

Alonso said there is swelling in his hand, comparing it to an injury he incurred last May and played through, to diminished results. Alonso wouldn’t rule out an IL stint for this one, saying the next day or two should provide more clarity to the situation.

Pete Alonso did not sustain a fracture when a pitch hit his right hand on Tuesday night.
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Neither Alonso nor Marte was in the starting lineup Wednesday.

“We are just going to rehab and treat this thing and see how quickly it responds,” Alonso said. “We are not necessarily going to put a timeline on it, but no breaks and no fractures, which is huge. A scary moment, but we’re glad that everything is structured OK and we’re just going to treat this thing until it’s back.”

Alonso has entered the early National League MVP conversation by delivering thunder. He entered Wednesday leading MLB with 54 RBIs and his 16 homers were tied with Mookie Betts for the NL lead.

JD Davis has begun playing first base in recent days, giving the Mets a solid bat at the position until Alonso returns. Davis started at first base Monday — his first action there since 2018 with the Astros — and replaced Alonso a night later after he was forced to leave the game.

Alonso indicated he got hit in “the meat” of the hand, on the fifth metacarpal.

“It’s a part of the game, especially when guys are throwing hard and go up and in,” Alonso said. “It’s part of it, I know how to treat it and obviously we have an excellent training staff. They have history because I have had contusion on my right hand in the past.”

Mets right fielder Starling Marte (6) is tagged out by San Diego Padres shortstop Ha-Seong Kim (7) attempting to steal second base
Starling Marte hurt himself attempting to steal second on Tuesday night.
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Marte’s game is heavily on his legs, so it only that the Mets would play it cautiously with this quadriceps injury. The veteran outfielder owns a .277/.316/.441 slash line with seven homers, 33 RBIs and eight stolen bases.

“Thank God I feel good,” Marte said. “It could have been worse, obviously, but right now it’s day to day. We have been working pretty much all morning to get it right and we are going to keep working it and I will be back out there soon.”

Marte said he injured his leg while trying to stay on the base during his attempted steal.

“I just kind of felt a cramp in a sense,” Marte said. “But they got worried because I wasn’t walking well enough after that play. But once I got walking a little more and went to the outfield it got a little better, but now today it feels a lot better.”

Khalil Lee was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to give the Mets another position player. The Mets otherwise would have only had a backup catcher available.

Mark Canha moved to right field with Marte’s departure Tuesday and remained at that position Wednesday, with Jeff McNeil in left and Brandon Nimmo in center — an alignment that kept Luis Guillorme at second base.