NEW YORK — Jeff McNeil departed the Mets’ 5-4 win over the Marlins in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Monday at Citi Field due to a cramp in his right leg.
Playing left field, McNeil reached for his right calf after fielding Bryan Holaday’s double to lead off the
NEW YORK —
Playing left field, McNeil reached for his right calf after fielding Bryan Holaday’s double to lead off the third inning. Following a lengthy conversation on the field with manager Mickey Callaway and head athletic trainer Brian Chicklo, McNeil departed. The SNY broadcast picked up a shot of McNeil mouthing that he was suffering from a cramp.
With a single and a home run in Game 1 of the doubleheader, McNeil increased his average to .337 to retake the Major League lead. He walked twice and scored a run in Game 2 before exiting.
The Mets can ill afford an injury to him as they try to push for a postseason berth, particularly with second baseman Robinson Cano on the injured list for the foreseeable future with a torn left hamstring. McNeil figures to factor heavily into the Mets’ plans at second base for as long as Cano is sidelined.
After McNeil departed Monday’s game, Aaron Altherr shifted from center to left field to replace him, with Juan Lagares entering in center.