Friday was a busy day at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie. After New York defeated the Cardinals 5-4, highlighted by a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning by Michael Cuddyer, general manager Sandy Alderson met with the media.
Alderson updated reporters on Daniel Murphy, who left Thursday’s game with a hamstring injury. Murphy will be out at least a week with a pulled right hamstring.
In the event that the Mets do not have their second baseman back by Opening Day, Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno are candidates to make the roster. Reynolds and Muno have both had outstanding Grapefruit League stats so far, hitting .423 and .385 respectively. Alderson said that Wilmer Flores will stick at shortstop, and Dilson Herrera will start 2015 at AAA Las Vegas. Ruben Tejada, who will likely make the team as a backup infielder, could take over for Murphy, as well.
Alderson also announced that top prospect Noah Syndergaard was optioned to minor league camp. Syndergaard took a ball off his ankle, and had x-rays, though Mets officials are not concerned. As Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported on Twitter, Friday was a deadline that players on the 40-man roster who are injured and in major league camp, may be entitled to service time.
Mets prospect Steven Matz will get the start Saturday in Syndergaard’s place against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Florida.
Finally, Zack Wheeler told reporters that he will undergo his Tommy John surgery Tuesday or Wednesday. He was diagnosed with a complete tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. Wheeler is expecting a 14 month recovery.
Let’s just say that this was not a good week for the Mets regarding injuries, to say the least.