Following his surgery on his broken wrist, New York Mets infielder Jeff McNeil stated he’s ready for another outstanding season in 2020.
Just before the conclusion of his breakout season, Jeff McNeil was hit by a pitch on Sept. 25 that broke his right wrist. As a result, the New York Mets‘ slugger missed the remaining four games of the season and officially underwent surgery on Wednesday.
McNeil underwent the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery located in New York City.
The 27-year-old then took to Instagram after his surgery to provide an update regarding his condition for the 2020 season.
Not to belittle McNeil’s injury, but it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Mets. At the time of his injury, the Mets were already seemingly eliminated from playoff contention, with very little left to play for through the rest of the season.
Fortunately for McNeil, his broken wrist shouldn’t keep him out of spring training next year. In fact, we’ll very likely see McNeil resume baseball activities before the end of 2019. Prior to this season-ending injury, McNeil had been performing as one of the best hitters in the NL.
Through his 133 games this season, McNeil produced 38 doubles, 23 home runs, 75 RBI, .337 BABIP, .214 ISO, 143 wRC+, 4.6 fWAR and a slashing line of .318/.384/.531/.916 as well. If not for his second-half power surge, which resulted in a lower batting average, McNeil would have very likely won the NL batting title.
The Mets and GM Brodie Van Wagenen have to be extremely impressed with McNeil’s production this season. Heading into the offseason, Van Wagenen shouldn’t have to worry about his offense’s production during the 2020 season.
With McNeil returning healthy and ready to go in the spring, this Mets’ lineup should be ready to perform even better next season.