Injuries & Moves: Lefty Ingram claimed off waivers

February 25th, 2024

With camp back in session in Port St. Lucie, Fla., this page will be continually updated with injury updates and roster moves throughout Spring Training.

LATEST NEWS

Feb. 25: LHP Kolton Ingram claimed off waivers from the Tigers
The Mets added to their sizeable collection of bullpen arms with a waiver claim of Ingram, who will become the 68th player in camp when he arrives in Port St. Lucie. The former 37th-round Draft pick reached the Majors for the first time last season with the Angels, appearing in five games. He subsequently bounced to the Tigers and now the Mets, who will give him a shot to compete this spring. He's one of many Mets bullpen hopefuls who have featured high strikeout and walk rates throughout their careers.

Feb. 19: 1B Luke Voit signed to Minor League contract
Two days after inking Ji Man Choi to a Minor League deal, the Mets further added to their first-base depth with the signing of Voit, who played 37 games at Triple-A Syracuse last season. Prior to that, Voit was with the Brewers. He has played for five teams over a seven-year Major League career, racking up 95 homers in 508 games. With Pete Alonso entrenched at first base and little open space on the bench, Voit could return to Syracuse at the end of March.

Feb. 17: 1B Ji Man Choi signed to Minor League contract
The Mets added to their first-base depth with the signing of Choi, a Korean native who has spent much of his eight-year career at designated hitter. Choi spent last season playing for the Pirates and Padres, recording a .624 OPS over 39 games. A left-handed hitter, the 32-year-old Choi will compete for DH reps this spring with Mark Vientos and DJ Stewart. He could wind up at Triple-A.

INJURY UPDATES

OF Starling Marte (right groin strain)
Expected return: Opening Day
With days left in the 2023 regular season, the Mets shut Marte down, abandoning his efforts to return for a game or two after missing eight weeks due to a groin strain. The team is optimistic that Marte will be back to full strength by Opening Day 2024, and Marte furthered those hopes by reporting to Spring Training healthy. The Mets plan to begin using him in Grapefruit League games sooner rather than later. (Last updated: Feb. 25)

RHP Edwin Díaz (torn right patellar tendon)
Expected return: Opening Day
Díaz reported to Mets camp ahead of the official report date feeling healthy, spry and without limitations. Although the Mets may ease Díaz back into game work, the team considers him a fully healthy player. Barring any setbacks, he will be ready for Opening Day.

The All-Star closer suffered a complete right patellar tendon tear during Team Puerto Rico's victory celebration after advancing past the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic on March 16. He underwent surgery to repair the tendon the following afternoon in Florida. The typical timetable for return from such an injury is around eight months, which Díaz hit in November. (Last updated: Feb. 13)

60-day injured list

LHP David Peterson (recovery from left hip surgery)
Expected return: May or June
Peterson underwent surgery Nov. 6 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, which is an injury that had been bothering him for years. The surgery carries a typical recovery timetable of six or seven months, meaning Peterson is likely to be sidelined until at least May. Once healthy, he figures to return to his role as a rotation depth option. He reported to camp in February feeling "good," and was playing catch off flat ground in the early days of spring. (Last updated: Feb. 25)

INF (recovery from right knee surgery)
Expected return: Possibly September
Mauricio underwent surgery in early January to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, which he injured during winter ball in the Dominican Republic. A typical return timetable for that operation is eight to 12 months, giving Mauricio an outside chance to rejoin the Mets in September. If not, he'll return in 2025. The Mets transferred him to the 60-day IL at the start of Spring Training. (Last updated: Feb. 14)