Brett Baty Will Undergo Thumb Surgery, May Be Done For Season – MLB Trade Rumors

Brett Baty Will Undergo Thumb Surgery, May Be Done For Season - MLB Trade Rumors

Mets infielder Brett Baty will undergo surgery tomorrow for a torn UCL in his thumb, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Baty is possibly done for the year, as the expected recovery is five weeks, per Will Sammon of The Athletics. Sammon adds that outfielder Terrance Gore will also join the team. The Mets announced that Baty was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to August 29.

It’s an unfortunate blow for the Mets and for Baty, personally. The 22-year-old prospect was promoted to the big leagues just under two weeks ago. He has struggled in his first 42 plate appearances, slashing just .184/.244/.342 thus far. However, it is fairly standard for young players to take some time to find their footing in their first taste of major league action. Based on his 315/.410/.533 batting line in the minors this year, it would be reasonable to expect him to find better results as he got more exposure to the big leagues.

However, that progression will now have to wait, as Baty will apparently be out of action for the next five weeks. With five weeks left in the regular season schedule, it will be very difficult for him to return to action and contribute down the stretch. A long postseason run would certainly help his chances of returning, but even in that scenario, the club should view him as a better option than the more established players available for those opportunities.

For the Mets, this will leave them shorthanded in the infield, at least temporarily. Luis Guillorme is on the injured list due to a groin injury, leaving them with Pete Alonso first, Jeff McNeil at two o’clock Edward Escobar at three and Francis Lindor at shortstop. For the time being, the club doesn’t really have a player on their bench who can reasonably play the non-single-base infield positions. Earlier this year, outfielder Mark Canha played third base for the Mets in a pinch, something he hasn’t done since 2016 with the A’s. It’s possible he’ll be in that position again, though maybe not for long. Rosters expand from 26 to 28 tomorrow, which should allow the Mets to bring in reinforcements. Also, Guillorme doesn’t seem to be too far from a comeback. Newsday’s Tim Healey relays word from manager Buck Showalter that Guillorme will begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

As for Gore, 31, he was never much of a hitter but always found work because of his speed and defense. In 102 MLB games, he’s hit just .224/.325/.284 but has 40 stolen bases in that time. The Mets signed him to a minor league deal in June, where Gore has hit .241/.313/241 in Triple-A since then. The Mets should have plenty of options for the outfield grass, with Brandon Nimmo, Starling Mars, Tyler Naquin is present along with Canha, although Gore could jump up the depth chart if Canha is needed on the dirt. Otherwise, he should be available off the bench for pinch running and defensive replacement assignments.

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