Mets Give Target Date for Jeff McNeil's Return From Injury
By Larry Rupp
The New York Mets have been without their starting second baseman for five straight games now as Jeff McNeil works his way back from a hamstring injury. Manager Buck Showalter provided some good news on Sunday when he expressed confidence that McNeil will return on Tuesday.
Jeff McNeil Injury Update
Avoiding a trip to the injured list has long been the goal since McNeil first felt tightness in his right hamstring when sprinting home during the Mets' 6-0 win on June 20. All signs point to that being accomplished and the 30-year-old being ready to go for the start of a crucial five-game homestand.
McNeil has been a reliable hitter atop the Mets lineup, getting on base at a .386 clip in 2022. He also ranks first on the team in doubles (17) and owns the sixth-best batting average in all of baseball (.327). Keeping him healthy will be key if the Mets want to earn their first divisional title since 2015.
It'll be important to see how McNeil holds up on the base paths in his return. Showalter explained that the veteran has been available to pinch-hit recently but would have been lifted in favor of a pinch-runner if he got on base. McNeil's speed has turned into an underrated aspect of his game.
Look for Luis Guillorme to shift back into his role as the team's third baseman/bench hitter moving forward. For now, the Mets have odds set at -210 to win the NL East and own the fourth-best odds to win the World Series at +700, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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