Entering this truncated 2020 baseball we were all concerned about how positive Covid tests could make things tough on a team and we have certainly seen that manifest itself throughout the sport. But I think we all clearly underestimated how a shortened summer camp could hurt a team with muscle ailments because pre-season preparation was so different for the players.
And here in DC the Mets will be fielding a lineup without Robinson Cano, Amed Rosario and Jeff McNeil all whom are nursing muscle ailments. The most serious of those seems to be Robinson Cano who was forced to the injured list with a grade 2 left adductor strain while Rosario has been diagnosed with left quad tightness and Jeff McNeil is suffering from a low grade right intercostal strain.
From what I am hearing here in DC , both McNeil and Rosario are day to day and rest should get them back in the lineup in a few days but the Cano injury seems to be more serious and thus the team put him on the injured list. It could not come at a worse time for Cano who in the past week or so, was crushing the ball better than he had in his entire Met tenure and for him I am sure his mind is doing cartwheels knowing that hot start could be forgotten by Met fans in a New York minute.
All of this injury news comes on the heels of the Yeonis Cespedes opt out drama and that offensive depth we all thought the team had has suddenly gone haywire. I am sure these injuries could give Dominic Smith more playing time but combine these injuries with Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman Injured list stints and Luis Rojas has lost much of the depth he saw when he took the job.
The fact that the team got off to a 3-7 start prior to Monday Night;s win in Atlanta merely exacerbates the issue but the Mets have activated Billy Hamilton who might end up getting some playing time to make sure Jeff McNeil stays in the infield.
For rookie manager Luis Rojas he is being put in a tough spot but as I have always said with crisis comes opportunity and this could be a shot in the arm for guys like Dominic Smith and Andres Gimenez who clearly have ability to bring their skills to the table on an everyday basis,