The Mets and their fans should not even be surprised at this point anymore.
Not even one month into the year and injuries have already played an enormous part of the team’s season and continues to claim players.
On Friday, the Mets announced that both Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores are heading to the disabled list.
Duda hyperextended his left elbow after colliding with Cesar Hernandez of the Philadelphia Phillies during the fifth inning of Wednesday night’s game.
The frustration for him continues, as he was limited to just 13 games last season due to back issues.
Flores, who is his backup at first base, is dealing with a knee infection.
Jay Bruce played first base on Thursday night against the Phillies, which was his first-ever major-league start at the position.
After placing them on the DL, the Mets recalled infielder T.J. Rivera and reliever Sean Gilmartin from triple-A Las Vegas.
Yoenis Cespedes was pulled from Thursday night’s game with a hamstring cramp and will need a few days to recuperate while Asdrubal Cabrera is dealing with a sore leg, manager Terry Collins told the media on Friday.
Also, catcher Travis d’Arnaud is unable to throw after he hit the bad of Aaron Altherr while throwing down to second base on Wednesday night, so he will also sit out on Friday night.
In the pitching staff, sources told Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal on Friday that Jacob deGrom will be scratched from his start tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies because of a stiff neck.
Matt Harvey will start in his place while deGrom will pitch on Saturday against the Washington Nationals.
For their first meeting of the year on Friday, the Mets are rolling out a weak lineup against the team they are expected to contend with for the division:
Mets lineup vs. Nationals, April 21
1. Michael Conforto LF
2. Juan Lagares CF
3. Jay Bruce 1B
4. Neil Walker 2B
5. Curtis Granderson CF
6. Jose Reyes SS
7. Rene Rivera C
8. T.J. Rivera 3B
9. Matt Harvey P