Remember when I said that for the Mets to compete this season, everything has to go perfectly, including no injuries to their starters? Well, Tuesday could prove to be a pivotal day in the Mets season — both Mike Pelfrey and Jason Bay were placed on the disabled list.
Bay hurt himself during the second game of Monday’s doubleheader when he dove in a failed attempt to catch a ball in the fourth inning (left). He landed flat on his face and chest, but was able to stay in the game until the eighth when his rib cage began to feel sore. Initial x-rays were negative, but an MRI showed a non-displaced fracture of a left rib. It’s not known how long he will be out. Third baseman Zach Lutz was called up to replace him.
As far as Pelfrey, the Mets say he began feeling some discomfort in his right elbow during Saturday’s game. Now he is sidelined with inflammation in that elbow. This is a shame; Pelfrey has been pitching well thus far this season, and such a setback could play havoc with his delicate psyche.
Robert Carson has been called up to replace Pelfrey for now, but it is likely another starter, probably Chris Schwinden, will be called up to take Pelfrey’s start on Friday.
The Mets lack of overall depth will be on full display over the next few weeks, or whenever Bay and Pelfrey can make it back on the field.