MIAMI — Starling Marte’s ability to play through the pain will ultimately determine how long he’ll be out of the Mets’ active roster.
The veteran outfielder was placed on the injured list on Saturday with an undisplaced partial fracture of his right middle finger, and manager Buck Showalter was quick to wave a warning flag by providing a timetable for his return.
Marte’s 10-day stint in IL is backdated to Wednesday — a day after he was punched in the hand by a pitch in Pittsburgh — but Showalter said it’s too early to say whether the outfielder will return on that schedule.
“There’s still that hope, but I’m warning everyone: he’s got a broken finger and it hurts,” Showalter said before the Mets took on the Marlins. “Some of the swelling went down today, but he couldn’t do any baseball activity, so I wouldn’t take it for granted that after more than seven days he’ll be a player.”
Francisco Lindor fractured his middle finger earlier this season when his hand got caught in the sliding doors of his hotel suite and Jeff McNeil more recently needed stitches in his right thumb. Both players missed playing time.
“[Marte] going to have to play with some discomfort if and when he does, just like Lindor had to and Mac had to,” Showalter said. “He has a different break than Francisco. The good news is that it’s not a displacement, allowing for the ability to play before it fully heals.
Luis Guillorme could join the Mets in time for their Monday homecoming. The infielder is scheduled to play a rehab game for Triple-A Syracuse and Sunday. He will then be evaluated for possible activation from the injured list, according to Showalter. Guillorme has been recovering from a sprained left groin for almost a month.
Drew Smith fired a scoreless inning for Double-A Binghamton in his first rehab outing since being placed on the IL in late July with side strain. The right-hander allowed one hit and struck out two batters.
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