New York Mets outfielder Starling Marthe is making “a little bit” of progress recovering from a broken right middle finger, manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday. according to MLB.combut has not committed to listing Marte for the Wild Card Series starting Friday.
According to Buck Showalter, Starling Marte is “improving a little,” but “not to the point where he can play the game.”
On this, the regular season of March, obviously, ended. Showalter is “trying to be optimistic” about his potential availability for the Wild Card series.
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. He swung the bat and hit a tee for the first time on Monday, though it didn’t go well. Marte is still unable to grab a bat or a baseball without discomfort to throw it.
Before the injury, Marte owned a .292/.347/.468 batting line with 16 home runs and 18 stolen bases in 118 games and was the No. 2 main hitter on the team. Jeff McNeil and Tyler Naquin shared right field during Marte’s absence, and although McNeil has been hitting very well in recent weeks, he will still be in the lineup, playing second base instead of right field.
Despite spending 175 days in first place, the Mets lost to the Braves last weekend and were 1 1/2 games behind in the NL East. Atlanta would clinch their fifth consecutive division title with their next win or the Mets’ next loss. The NLDS will start on October 11th, and it’s possible Marte will be able to return then, though it’s unlikely he’ll be ready for the Wild Card Series this Friday.
At 98-61, the Mets have a shot at a fourth 100-win season in franchise history (1969, 1986, 1988). They’ve already secured a spot in the postseason and, at worst, will go on a Wild Card Series as the No. 4 seed.