The Mets will have to eliminate two players from their active roster by Monday.
One of those decisions could have been made for them on Saturday night.
Reliever Sean Reid-Foley left the 4-1 loss to the Phillies with right elbow discomfort and will undergo an MRI scan on Sunday to determine the severity of the injury.
Reid-Foley first felt the problem in his elbow on the pitch which he threw to knock out Nick Castellanos in the eighth inning – “Arm just didn’t want to finish him,” he said – but three pitches later, after trying to get through it, he finally waved the dugout for the coach.
“Obviously I’m hoping positively, but there are also positives with negatives,” Reid-Foley said. “We will go from there. Of course I want to stay here. This team is unreal, so much fun to play. It just sucks. It’s like one thing after another, especially with last year’s bone spur. Now this. It’s just frustrating. I worked so hard to come back. It’s almost like a domino effect, but that’s okay.
Reid-Foley, a multi-inning option out of the bullpen, had given up a solo homer to Rhys Hoskins earlier in the inning. He’s now allowed six runs in 10 innings this season.
MLB allowed teams to carry a 28-man roster in April to accommodate shortened spring training, but teams must drop to 26 by Monday. The Mets carried 14 pitchers, but Reid-Foley loomed as a potential odd man.
Francisco Lindor and Eduardo Escobar have teamed up to pay off the fine that teammate Yoan Lopez faced from MLB in the fallout from Wednesday’s bench clearance saga with the Cardinals.
Lopez, 29, who was selected for Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday, threw a pitch to Nolan Arenado, who believed the pitch was intentional since JD Davis was knocked down on his foot earlier in the game. .
“The guy didn’t do it on purpose, number one,” Lindor said Saturday night. “Number two, we make more money than him, and he hasn’t been in the team that long. He had to be taken care of.”
Lopez is in his first year officiating, earning the minimum wage of $700,000 while in the majors, while Lindor has a $341 million contract and Escobar a $20 million deal.
Newsday first reported Lindor and Escobar’s arrangement.
Davis, who left Wednesday’s game early after being hit in the left foot by a pitch, came off the bench Saturday to hit James McCann with two ons and two outs in the eighth inning. He drew a walk to load the bases and was executed by Travis Jankowski.
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