Mets infielder Brett Baty going to have surgery tomorrow due to a torn UCL in his thumb, per Anthony DiComo from MLB.com. Baty is potentially done for this year, as the expected recovery time is five weeks, per Will Sammon from The Athletic. Sammon add the outfielder Terrance Gore will also join the team. The Mets announced that Baty had been placed on a 10-day IL retroactive to August 29.

This is an unfortunate blow for the Mets and for Baty, personally. The 22-year-old prospect was promoted to the big leagues just under two weeks ago. He has struggled in his first 42 plate appearances, recording just 0.184/.244/.342 so far. However, it’s pretty standard for young players to take the time to find their footing in their first taste of premier league action. Based on his 315/.410/.533 batting line in the minor this year, it’s reasonable to expect him to find better results as he gets more exposure to major league pitching.

However, that development will now have to wait, as Baty looks set to be out for the next five weeks. As there are five weeks left on the regular season schedule, it will be very difficult for him to return to action and contribute in the future. A long post-season run will definitely help his chances of a comeback, but even in that scenario, the club will have to see it as a better option than the more established players available for the opportunity.

For the Mets, this will leave them understaffed in midfield, at least temporarily. Luis Guillorm is on the injury list due to a groin injury, leaving them with Pete Alonso first, Jeff McNeil in seconds, Edward Escobar in third dan Francis Lindor at a short stop. For now, the club doesn’t really have a player on their bench who can adequately play a non-base first infield position. Earlier this year, outfielder Mark Canha played third base for the Mets in an emergency, something he hasn’t done since 2016 with an A. It’s possible he’s in that position again, though not for long. The roster expands from 26 to 28 tomorrow, which should allow the Mets to bring in reinforcements. Also, Guillorme didn’t seem too far away from turning back. Tim Healey from Newsday broke the news from manager Buck Showalter that Guillorme would begin rehab duties this weekend.

As for Gore, 31, he never hits much but always finds work because of his speed and defence. In 102 MLB games, he only hit .224/.325/.284 but had 40 bases stolen at the time. The Mets signed him to a minor league contract in June, with Gore reaching .241/.313/241 in Triple-A since then. The Mets should have plenty of options for the grass field, with Brandon Nimmo, Starling Marte, Tyler Naquin is present with Canha, although Gore can jump the depth chart if Canha is needed on the ground. Otherwise, he should be available from the bench to carry out pinching and defensive replacement duties.

By Blanca

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