Jeff McNeil saved the Mets from a disastrous first inning, but it came with a bit of a cost.
With two outs and runners on second and third with the Mets trailing 1-0, Nationals’ Asdrubal Cabrera lined a fly ball into left field. McNeil, running full speed, lunged to make the catch while crashing into the wall and still holding onto the ball.
As Mets starter David Peterson celebrated the catch, McNeil rolled over on the warning track and was clearly in pain.
He attempted to stand up and walk off the field but was unable to do so. He sat back down and waited for a cart to come take him off the field while grabbing his knee.
After the game, manager Luis Rojas revealed that McNeil has a bone contusion of the left knee and that he is day-to-day. It is not expected that McNeil will have to go onto the injured list.
Per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, McNeil underwent both an MRI and X-ray and both came back negative.
McNeil was replaced by Billy Hamilton in the lineup who went 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored in the 8-2 win over the Nationals.
The 28-year-old was an All-Star last season and was hitting well again this year, slashing .293/.358/.362 with four doubles in 58 at-bats.