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Mets Injury Updates:
The Mets placed outfielder Justin Ruggiano on the 15-day disabled list last night with left shoulder discomfort. Ruggiano had left Friday night’s game early with the discomfort in his shoulder and it has been determined the injury will hinder him for the next 15 days. In what has become another injury blow to the Mets, Ruggiano hits the disabled list less than 10 days after being activated from the disabled list from his hamstring strain. Infielder T.J. Rivera was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move. Rivera has played eight games in the outfield in the minors this season so he may be an option for the Mets out there as well.
Yoenis Cespedes is out of today’s starting lineup with a flare up of his quad that previously kept him on the disabled list. While the flare up is considered minor, we have seen how injuries have dismantled this team this season and it will be worth keeping a close eye on. For now we’ll consider Cespedes day to day but anything longer could have serious ramifications for the remainder of the season for the Mets.
Neil Walker is also out of today’s lineup with a minor back flare up. Walker previously sat four games earlier this month with a back issue, but today’s reported flare up is also considered minor in nature and he is expected only to miss today’s game. However as this has become a reoccurring injury now for Walker, we will also keep a close eye on him and hope it doesn’t end up as something more serious down the line.
Finally some good news, Steven Matz reportedly felt fine during his scheduled bullpen session today. He will be activated off of the DL, and start Thursday night’s game against the Miami Marlins. Matz who had been dealing with a shoulder strain has not pitched since tossing 7.1 innings of one-hit, shutout ball against the Padres on August 14.
Last but not least taking Jacob deGrom’s rotation spot on Monday night will be right-hander Rafael Montero. While Montero started the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, he struggled mightily to the tune of a 7.20 ERA in 16 starts. The 25-year old right-hander has turned his season around however at Double-A Binghamton, as he has posted a 1.70 ERA in eight starts.