Alonso out with wrist soreness; MRI to come

May 20th, 2021

Prior to Wednesday's game, was believed to be available for the Mets' series finale against the Braves. However, after falling 5-4 on a Ronald Acuña Jr. walk-off homer, fans were left wondering why Alonso did not get a chance at the plate in the ninth inning.

Mets manager Luis Rojas explained postgame that Alonso was not available due to left wrist soreness. Alonso is expected to undergo an MRI this week.

“Pete was not available,” Rojas said. “I know we were talking pregame and I did not reveal that. I just think it's not prudent for the team to reveal that Pete is not available. For me it's a competitive disadvantage when you say that.

The Mets believe that the injury started after Alonso was hit by a pitch against St. Louis on May 5. He is dealing with soreness, and the Mets hope that giving him two days off will allow him to be available come Friday in their series opener against the Marlins.

“He had X-rays done and everything there, and everything was negative. The area was checked, we passed it and he kept playing and he was good with it,” said Rojas. “ Yesterday he felt just a little bit of it. Not having the start with the day off connected, we felt that was going to put him in a good spot for Friday so he can play.“

With all the injuries plaguing the Mets, Alonso is a much-needed bat within their lineup. He has hit six home runs and is slashing .236/.336/.433 with a .769 OPS this season.

The Mets are also missing several infielders, including Jeff McNeil and Luis Guillorme. However, New York hopes that it will have ace Jacob deGrom back after he completes a rehab start for Low-A St. Lucie on Thursday.

The club also plans to monitor right-handed hurler Taijuan Walker as he spends the next series on the 10-day IL due to left side tightness. Walker’s stint on the IL is retroactive to Tuesday, so he will likely miss at least one start.