Here’s a shock, the Mets have another player down with a lower back injury and it has manager Terry Collins concerned. Very concerned.
Neil Walker left Saturday’s 7-4 loss at Milwaukee with tightness in his lower back. He won’t play Sunday and beyond that the Mets don’t know of his availability.
Walker grounded into an inning-ending double play in the third and was out of the game in the fourth.
“`With what we’ve been seeing, yeah,” Collins told reporters if he was concerned, saying Duda’s soreness turned out to be a broken back.
“Any time you’re talking about the lower back there is a concern.”
Collins said Walker will be examined Sunday, but what happens next nobody knows. Of course, you must assume the worst, which is usually what you have to do when it comes to the Mets and injuries.
Walker said he’s not concerned and hopes to play Tuesday.
Kelly Johnson will likely play tomorrow, but beyond that we could end up seeing Dilson Herrera up from the minors sooner than we expected. I floated the idea of signing Jimmy Rollins, but unless Walker’s injury is severe, they won’t do anything substantial.
METS GAME WRAP
June 11, 2016, @ Milwaukee
Game: #61 Score: Brewers 7, Mets 4
Record: 34-27 Streak: L 1
Standings: Second, NL East, three games behind Washington. Playoffs: First WC.
Runs: 226 Average: 3.7 Times 3 runs or less: 30
SUMMARY: Logan Verrett gave up three homers in a spot start and Mets’ pitching surrendered five overall.
THUMBS UP: Two hits by Cabrera, including a two-run homer in the second. … Granderson had three hits and fell a double short of a triple. …
THUMBS DOWN: Verrett gave up five runs on four hits and four walks in four innings. … Reliever Hansel Robles walked two. … Antonio Bastardo gave up two homers in the seventh. … Mets’ hitters struck out nine and their pitchers walked seven.
EXTRA INNINGS: The Mets had won six straight before losing Saturday. … The Mets have 83 homers, third in the league. … The Mets’ pen has given up 18 homers. … Travis d’Arnaud caught in a rehab assignment in Port St. Lucie.
QUOTEBOOK: “He threw 80 pitches in four innings. That’s a lot.’’ – Collins on Verrett’s performance.
BY THE NUMBERS: 5-for-51: The numbers behind Michael Conforto’s recent slump.