NEW YORK — Brett Beatty’s promising major league career hit a dead end early on.
An MRI taken Wednesday revealed the third baseman suffered a UCL tear in his right thumb. He will have surgery on Thursday, which will likely cost him the rest of the regular season. A typical timeframe for an injury like this would require five weeks of recovery, but for now, the Mets are holding out hope for a return.
Manager Buck Showalter said, “Talk to the doctor, arm in arm…he could come back.” “The return on this is a pretty high rate.”
Nonetheless, the news is a major blow for the Mets’ second-best prospect Batty, who made his major league debut on August 17 and hit a home run on his first swing of his career. Batty served as half of the third base platoon with Eduardo Escobar.
The Mets called up outfielder Terrance Gore to replace Beatty. The Mets don’t currently have an experienced, healthy bench player at third base. As such, they’re planning another roster move before Thursday’s game, with an expanded roster on September 1.
Batty injured himself while diving for Charlie Blackmon’s single in the eighth inning against the Rockies on Sunday. Initially, the Mets thought Showalter’s injury was minor enough to consider pinch runner Beatty in Tuesday’s game. However, an MRI of him taken the next morning revealed his cleft.
In 11 games for the big club, Beatty posted .184/.244/.342 with two homers and two defensive errors. While he remains a potential option for the Mets in the postseason, the club may be reluctant to include him in their playoff roster given his overall inexperience and lack of playing time in the stretch. There is a possibility
Another left-handed third baseman, Luis Guillolme, is recovering from a groin strain and is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment on Sunday. but not for at least another week or so. The Mets have so far hit .283/.361/.531 in Triple-A Syracuse, a right-handed triple-base contender Mark. is unlikely to change. The Mets want a more defensively oriented option in his 3rd place, with Deben more likely for his Marrero.
“Hopefully he can finish strong there and have a pretty good season,” Showalter said of Vientos.
Gore, 31, last played in a major with the Dodgers in 2020. The veteran, known primarily for his speed, has 40 stolen bases in 102 career games and could be an option for him on the Mets’ roster in October.