With the MLB postseason around the corner, the New York Mets need all hands on deck if they're to win their first World Series since 1986. Something that would definitely help in that quest would be the return of outfielder Starling Marte, who's been sidelined with a fractured finger for nearly a month.
Unfortunately, Marte isn't ready to come off the shelf just yet. While the veteran swung off a tee on Monday, he's still dealing with swelling in his finger, according to insider Laura Albanese. The plan going forward is to keep Marte away from activities until the pain and swelling subsides.
Starling Marte Injury Update
The concerning part of the situation is that Marte was projected to be back over a week ago. Instead, his recovery hasn't gone as well as the Mets hoped, leading to a murky return timetable.
Mets manager Buck Showalter told reporters Monday that Marte will not play in the club's final regular-season games. The 66-year-old manager did say that he hasn't ruled out a return for the Wild Card Series, but only time will tell if the two-time All-Star recovers that quickly.
The loss of Marte has been devastating for the Mets. The veteran outfielder had racked up 16 home runs, 63 RBIs, 18 stolen bases and 26 walks while slashing .292/.347/.468 across 118 games before disaster struck, leading to his first All-Star appearance since 2016.
The likes of Jeff McNeil and Tyler Naquin will continue replacing Marte in rightfield. While the duo has been solid at times, it's evident that the Mets would rather have their two-time Gold Glove winner in the right corner.
For now, all the organization can do is wait and hope to hear better news in the coming days.
Mets World Series Odds
The Mets' 2022 World Series odds will likely take a hit if Marte doesn't return before the MLB postseason. Hopefully, the 33-year-old can return to help his club make good on its +950 odds to win the World Series (No. 5) on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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