Once again, there is confusion surrounding the New York Mets' injury report but this time, it involves one of the future hopes of the organization.
Amed Rosario, who is preparing for his first full MLB season as New York's starting shortstop, had an MRI on his leg come back negative on Wednesday, though the team is calling his injury "groin soreness," per MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.
The 22-year-old left Saturday's spring training game against the Miami Marlins with what was described as irritation in his left knee. The Mets were hopeful that Rosario would return to the lineup on Tuesday, but his recovery appeared to irritate another part of his body.
Per DiComo, Rosario "may have overcompensated" while trying to take care of his knee, which could have led to the soreness in his groin.
Regardless, he is expected to get back into the Mets lineup later this week.
Rosario has appeared in four games during spring training, batting .300 with an extra base hit and two runs scored.
All signs indicate that he will be the starting shortstop no matter how much time he sees in Port St. Lucie, FL. Rosario was the Mets' No. 1 ranked prospect last season and one of Major League Baseball's highest-rated youngsters before being called up to the big leagues for a six-week stint to end the year.
In 46 games, he batted .248 with four home runs, 10 RBI and seven stolen bases.
The biggest knock against his game is his patience at the plate. With just three walks in 170 plate appearances, Rosario's .271 on-base percentage is a red flag for a club hoping that he could one day be the lead-off hitter of the future. During his limited time at spring training, Rosario's average and on-base percentage are exactly the same at .300.