Brett Baty To Undergo Thumb Surgery, Potentially Done For Season

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Mets infielder Brett Baty is having surgery tomorrow for a torn UCL in his thumb, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Baty may be ready for the year as the expected recovery time is five weeks per Will Sammon of The Athletic. Sammon adds that outfielder Terrance Gorec will also join the team. The Mets have announced that Baty has been placed on the 10-day IL backdated to August 29.

It’s an unfortunate blow to the Mets and to Baty personally. The 22-year-old attacker was promoted to the Dutch big league just under two weeks ago. He struggled in his first 42 at bats, only .184/.244/.342 so far. However, it’s pretty standard for young players to take some time to get their bearings on their first foray into major league action. Based on his 315/.410/.533 batting line in the minors this year, it would have been reasonable to expect that he would find better results as he became more familiar with pitching in the big league.

That progression will now have to wait, however, as Baty will apparently not be in action for the next five weeks. Since there are still five weeks left on the regular season schedule, it will be very difficult for him to get back into action and contribute. A long run after the season would certainly help his chances of coming back, but even in that scenario the club should see him as a better option than the more established players available for those opportunities.

For the Mets, this will leave them on the infield, at least temporarily. Luis Guillormea is on the injured list due to a groin injury, which left her with Pete Alonso initial, Jeff McNeil Second, Eduardo Escobar on the third and Francisco Lindor at short stop. At this point, the club doesn’t really have a player on the bench who can reasonably play the non-first base infield positions. Earlier this year, outfielder Mark Canha played third base for the Mets in an emergency, something he hadn’t done since 2016 with the A’s. It’s possible he’ll be back in that position, though maybe not for long. The rosters will be expanded from 26 to 28 tomorrow, which should allow the Mets to bring in reinforcements. Guillorme doesn’t seem too far off from a comeback either. Tim Healey from Newsday tells manager Buck Showalter that Guillorme will start a drug addiction this weekend.

As for Gore, 31, he has never been a real batter, but has always found work thanks to his speed and defense. In 102 MLB games, he has batted only .224/.325/.284, but in that time has stolen 40 bases. The Mets signed him to a minor league deal in June, and Gore hit .241/.313/241 in Triple-A since then. The Mets should have plenty of options for the outfield turf, with: Brandon Nimmo, Starling Marte, Tyler Naquin present alongside Canha, although Gore could jump on the depth map if Canha is needed on the dirt. Otherwise, he should be available from the bench for pinch-running and defensive substitutions.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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