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More Important Mets Veterans Dealing with Injury Ailments

The New York Mets do not need a Jeff McNeil injury to begin the year. Unfortunately, manager Carlos Mendoza revealed on Saturday that McNeil is dealing with left bicep soreness. While it seems mino, the Mets have already dealt with an important veteran being sidelined due to an early injury. On the bright side, Mendoza also revealed a positive update on McNeil’s backup, Joey Wendle.

Jeff McNeil Injury Update and More From Carlos Mendoza

McNeil will not swing a bat this weekend for a few days due to left bicep soreness. The Mets don’t seem too concerned at the moment and will revaluate McNeil on Tuesday. In the meantime, the almost 32-year-old will continue to participate in defensive drills. McNeil entered camp healthy after his 2023 ended early due to a tear in a ligament in his left elbow. It’s not known if the issues are related, but a McNeil injury will surely start 2024 on a sour note.

The news seems more positive in regards to Wendle. He has been slowed down by right shoulder soreness this spring, but Mendoza said he will get at-bats in a minor-league game on Sunday. Wendle represents the main backup option if a McNeil injury causes him to miss an extended period. While Wendle’s shoulder issue seems minor, this recent update increased in significance after the McNeil news.

Wendle played a useful role with the Tampa Bay Rays for a few years. However, he struggled in an increased role with the Miami Marlins following a trade after the 2021 season. The Mets hope that Wendle’s production can return to his peak with a decreased role. That plan might have to change if McNeil misses time.

Another Injury to The Mets Pitching Depth

Earlier this week, the Mets announced that Max Kranick will start the season on the injured list due to a Grade 2 left hamstring strain. Kranick was competing with Tylor Megill, José Butto, and Joey Lucchesi for a spot on the Opening Day roster.

He might have had a leg up due to his lack of minor league options. Instead, he will have to rehab from another injury in his short career. On the bright side, the Mets will have a chance to evaluate him in minor league games once he begins a rehab assignment.

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