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Mesoraco exits game with neck stiffness

August 23, 2018

NEW YORK -- Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco left Thursday afternoon's 3-1 loss to the Giants in the fifth inning due to stiffness in his neck. He was replaced in the lineup by Kevin Plawecki.Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Mesoraco had a "pretty tight neck" during the game. Mesoraco was sent

NEW YORK -- Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco left Thursday afternoon's 3-1 loss to the Giants in the fifth inning due to stiffness in his neck. He was replaced in the lineup by Kevin Plawecki.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Mesoraco had a "pretty tight neck" during the game. Mesoraco was sent for an MRI, and Callaway said the results should be available on Friday before the club's game against the Nationals.
The injured catcher was 0-for-1 on the day, with a flyout to center field in the second inning.
Mesoraco was also involved in the play that resulted in the Giants' first run of the game. Evan Longoria swung and whiffed on a pitch, and Mesoraco, thinking it was tipped, let the ball tick off his glove and pass, allowing Steven Duggar to cross the plate. The run against Jacob deGrom was unearned.
"I thought it was weird," deGrom said. "It kind of looked like it changed directions on Devin, but I wasn't really sure what happened there."

Erin Fish is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.