More bad news for the New York Mets as Todd Fraizer hits the disabled list again with a left rib cage strain.
The Mets 25-man roster just can’t catch a break this season. Well, if we’re being honest, they can’t catch much else this season either. That said, a 26th man will be required to be called up for today’s doubleheader vs. Philadelphia.
Todd Frazier is the next victim of affliction as yesterday he injured his left rib cage in an at-bat vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. The move was announced by the team’s official Twitter account.
Jacob Rhame will be named the 26th man for today’s doubleheader, we’ve also recalled P.J. Conlon and Ty Kelly from Las Vegas. Todd Frazier has been placed on the 10-Day DL with a left rib cage strain. Chris Flexen has also been optioned to Las Vegas. #Mets
— New York Mets (@Mets) July 9, 2018
It is yet another DL stint for the Toddfather as earlier in the month of May he was put on the 10-day DL for a strained left hamstring — only to be out for almost a month as he returned on June 5. It’s not clear how long his stay will be this time but it’s very well possible that he can require more than the minimum of 10 days.
Frazier is in the midst of a below-average season for the Metropolitans. He’s hit .217 up to this point with 10 homers and 32 RBI. He has played up to the $8,000,000 he is owed this year and just about nothing more. Also, he has now accomplished something he had never done in his career prior.
After going 7 years without a DL stint, Todd Frazier has landed there twice. https://t.co/qUURr1ybXF
— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) July 9, 2018
There’s only one explanation: the Mets are cursed.
It was definitely not the plan Frazier had coming into the 2018 season after being a clubhouse and playoff hero for the team just one borough over the year before.
Look for Jose Reyes and Ty Kelly to get the primary reps at third base with Frazier out as Wilmer Flores has spent most of his time starting at first base. Reyes has hit a lowly .175 this season in just 114 at-bats and Ty Kelly hit .272 in Triple-A Las Vegas to go along with his seven home runs and 38 RBI.
Regardless, the Mets will need to find someone capable of playing the everyday hot corner position. Frazier provides a defensive presence hard to replace and mirror.
And so it continues. Another day, another injury for the floundering Mets.