New York Mets get reinforcements, activate injury list Kevin Pillar, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
The struggling New York Mets received much-needed reinforcements on Monday, activating three key players on the injured list, including Kevin Pillar, who returned just two weeks after being hit in the face by a 94 mph fastball.
In addition to Pillar, the Mets activated first baseman Pete Alonso and right-hander Seth Lugo. The Mets also recalled outfielder Mason Williams, who was hitting .373 at Triple-A Syracuse. Pillar was not in the starting lineup for the Mets’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Monday night. Alonso is expected to hit third, while Williams starts in center field and batting eighth.
Pillar had been out since being struck in the face by a throw from the Braves reliever Jacob Webb on May 17 that left him bloodied with multiple nasal fractures that required surgery.
Pillar told reporters on Monday his goal is to return to the starting lineup on Wednesday. He said the bones in his nose won’t be fully healed for four to six weeks, so he’ll wear a mask while playing on the pitch or when he’s on base, but not when he’s hitting. He said he will now have a C-Flap on his helmet to give him a sense of security when batting at bat.
Alonso, who leads the Mets with six homers and 19 RBIs, was placed on the IL on May 21 with a sprained right hand, while Lugo has been sidelined since undergoing surgery. at the elbow during the off-season.
The Mets have been besieged by injuries this season, with the number reaching as high as 17 IL players at one point. Despite the injuries, the Mets (25-20 at the start of Monday’s games) are in first place in the National League East thanks to the contributions of several bench players integrated into the starting lineup.
Pillar was one of those bench players who made major contributions while replacing injured center-back Brandon Nimmo. Other Mets starting position players still on the injured list include right fielder Michael Conforto, second baseman Jeff McNeil and third baseman JD Davis.
In the corresponding moves on Monday, the Mets selected reliever Sean Reid-Foley, receiver Patrick Mazeika and outfielder Khalil Lee at Triple-A and named outfielder Cameron Maybin and right-hander Sam McWilliams for the assignment.