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2022 MLB Playoffs: San Diego Padres vs. New York Mets Injury Report

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The injury report for New York Mets vs San Diego Padres NL Wild Card Series.
The injury report for New York Mets vs San Diego Padres NL Wild Card Series. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

No. 5: San Diego Padres, 89-73, SIC Score 94.3

The San Diego Padres won their most games since 2010 without star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who missed the entire season due to injuries and suspension. He is the team’s biggest loss on offense, but San Diego still averaged just 0.15 fewer runs per game than last season. Ha-Seong Kim has filled in admirably at short in Tatis' absence, hitting .251 with 11 home runs and a .982 fielding percentage.

The team’s offense was essentially carried all season by All-Star third baseman Manny Machado, who finished the campaign with 32 home runs and 102 RBIs while hitting .298 with an .898 OPS. Machado was bothered by a severe ankle injury in the middle part of the season, but is well past the injury now.

Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger’s status is a key storyline to monitor ahead of the best-of-three series in New York. Clevinger was scratched from his start on the season’s final day with an illness and the team is reportedly still awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. He was a longshot to start in this series but could still be a key bullpen arm if available.

No. 4: New York Mets, 101-61, SIC Score 83.6

Only Jacob deGrom truly knows how much the supposed blister on his right middle finger will affect him when he takes the mound in the Wild Card Series against the Padres. deGrom exited his last start on Sept. 30 in the 6th inning with the finger injury, but he and manager Buck Showalter have downplayed its seriousness since and said his exit was precautionary.

Showalter named Max Scherzer as New York's Game 1 starter, possibly to give deGrom an extra day of rest before he likely takes the mound in Game 2.

Outfielder Starling Marte suffered a fractured right middle finger on Sept. 6 and his finger remains immobilized. The Mets are reportedly still waiting for the swelling to go down and he is still experiencing discomfort when throwing and swinging.

Marte's ongoing finger problems do not bode well for his availability early in the playoffs, according to the Pro Baseball Docs. However, if New York advances to the Divisional Round, he may have a chance to return.

Darin Ruf is also on the 10-day IL with a neck strain, retroactive to Tuesday. Ruf was acquired from the San Francisco Giants in early August, but the neck strain may limit his availability in the Wild Card Round or beyond.

To replace Ruf’s spot on the regular-season roster, the Mets called up their No. 1 overall prospect in Francisco Alvarez. Alvarez made the Wild Card Series roster as well.

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