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Just when you thought the baseball gods had had enough of picking on the Mets, star first baseman Pete Alonso experiences pain in his hand and may have to miss some time. Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, Taijuan Walker, and Kevin Pillar have all been placed on the IL this week, so this news isn’t helping.
Silver lining: The Mets are still winning (somehow), and Francisco Lindor is still smiling, despite hitting just .189.
Pete Alonso was not available tonight. He is dealing with some soreness in his hand. He had x-rays done. They were negative. Rojas says that they believe it stems from an HBP in St. Louis.— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) May 20, 2021
What is up with this team? Well, apparently Alonso thinks it’s all chemistry:
Pete Alonso on the Mets’ team chemistry:— SNY (@SNYtv) May 14, 2021
“It’s a special group. Every single day it’s a blessing to be with these guys. Win or lose, it’s awesome – we have fun” pic.twitter.com/CSANX1elkP
But as far as Alonso’s health goes — being forced into an MRI is bad news. It shows that the soreness hasn’t gone down.
Luis Rojas says Pete Alonso will “probably” receive an MRI on his sore hand https://t.co/Y0BTYitaW7 pic.twitter.com/H5stA7C4jA— SNY (@SNYtv) May 20, 2021
This team knows injuries will catch up with them, regardless of whatever “chemistry” they’re benefitting from this week. Losing breakout star Taijuan Walker and three other starters will eventually be a losing equation in Queens, New York.
Alonso hasn’t been his usual power-hitting self with the de-juiced baseballs, and parking him on the sidelines with a sore hand now isn’t going to help. The Mets need Pete Alonso’s presence more than a completely unwarranted Lindor smile right about now. As it is, the Mets will hold their breath that this latest dust up is day-to-day.