It just never ends for the Mets. New York announced Thursday afternoon that second baseman Neil Walker (partial tear of left hamstring) and right-hander Matt Harvey (stress injury to scapula bone in right shoulder) will both miss “several weeks” due to their injuries.
Walker pulled up lame trying to beat out a bunt in last night’s game and was diagnosed with the tear after an MRI on Thursday. Harvey saw a drop in his velocity and expressed concern for his shoulder after the game.
Walker and Harvey join a bevy of key pieces on the disabled list for the Mets, who currently also have David Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera, Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia on the shelf with significant injuries. New York has gone significant stretches of this season without Yoenis Cespedes, Steven Matz, Travis d’Arnaud and Seth Lugo, causing many to wonder if there is an intrinsic problem within the organization in relation to injury prevention.
Infielders T.J. Rivera and new call-up Gavin Cecchini will see increased time in the absence of Walker, with Jose Reyes filling in at shortstop. New York has Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Robert Gsellman, Lugo and Matz in its current rotation mix.