The Mets lost Yoenis Cespedes on Sunday, and 24 hours later, they may have lost three-quarters of their nominal starting infield for an indeterminate amount of time.
Just before game time in Atlanta, Jeff McNeil, who was slated to get his first start of the season in left field, was scratched with lower back tightness. Then, in the game, shortstop Amed Rosario left in the third inning with what the team called left quad tightness, and in the fifth, second baseman Robinson Cano due to left groin tightness.
Rosario left the game after gingerly running to first while running out a grounder to third, and Andres Gimenez – who started at third with McNeil out and J.D. Davis serving as DH – moved over to shortstop with Luis Guillorme entering at the hot corner.
Two innings later, Cano, who is hitting .412 on the season after going 2-for-2 on Monday, was replaced defensively by Brian Dozier when the Mets came out for the bottom of the fifth. Cano had singled in the fourth and then was thrown out trying to score to end the inning, but he played defensively in the bottom of the fourth before being lifted.
Despite the trio of issues, the Mets may have gotten away without having the worst injury of the night; that may have been to Braves starter Mike Soroka, who had to leave the game in the third with a lower right leg injury. Soroka’s leg buckled as he planted his right foot while trying to field a Davis grounder, and he was unable to stand or put pressure on his leg as he left the field.