ATLANTA — The Mets received what they consider “good news” about Taijuan Walker’s back pain on Wednesday, but that may not stop the right-hander from missing his next start.
Walker left his outing Tuesday after just two innings, with what the Mets said was a back spasm. According to director Buck Showalter, a subsequent MRI scan on Wednesday revealed no structural damage.
“Pretty good news, all things considered on the MRI,” Showalter said before the Mets’ 9-7 win over the Braves. “I think Sunday’s start is in jeopardy, but we’re still going to be hopeful he gets there before then and we’re just going to take it day by day.”
The Mets already have David Peterson and Trevor Williams in the rotation to start a doubleheader Saturday at the Phillies. Williams replaces Carlos Carrasco, who is on the disabled list with a left oblique stump.
Among the potential options for Sunday if Walker can’t throw is Triple-A Syracuse’s Jose Butto.
Pete Alonso plans to represent Team USA at the 2023 World Baseball Classic. The Mets first baseman said he was recently asked to participate and accepted the invitation.
“There are a lot of really amazing guys in the squad so far and it’s a great opportunity and I feel lucky to be a part of it,” Alonso said.
The tournament was last held in 2017 when Alonso was still playing in the minor leagues. Alonso said he was considering the possibility of representing the United States at the time.
“It felt like an amazing environment and it’s an incredibly fun event,” Alonso said. “I’ve always wanted to play there. It’s an honor to play for the Stars and Stripes.”
Tomas Nido, who is on the COVID list, could return to Philadelphia this weekend, according to Showalter.
Joey Lucchesi is set to pitch an inning for Single-A St. Lucie on Sunday in his first appearance in rehab since undergoing surgery at Tommy John last year. The southpaw could be a bullpen option for the Mets when he’s ready.
Tylor Megill threw 20 pitches in live batting practice while in rehab from a sprained right shoulder. Megill is expected to pitch from the bullpen when he returns.
Tommy Hunter will likely return from IL on Sunday, according to Showalter. The right-hander has been on IL since August 6 due to back strain.
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