PORT ST. LUCIE – Despite high-potential for an alarming injury, Amed Rosario left the ballpark in good spirits.
The Mets shortstop was hit by a pitch on the outer-side of his left hand during his fifth-inning at-bat on Monday, during a 9-3 loss to the Red Sox at First Data Field. Rosario, off to a scorching spring training start, exited the game and received an X-ray that showed no sign of bone damage, the team announced.
“To be honest, I don’t really have a lot of pain,” said Rosario, who went 1-for-2 with a run before exiting the game. “It’s just a little bit tight right now.”
As Rosario walked from the clubhouse to the player parking lot, a cluster of fans stood by the gate and asked the shortstop if his hand was feeling OK. Rosario kept walking but looked over, lifted his wounded hand in the air and triumphantly gave the fans a thumbs up.
The 23-year-old’s hand was enveloped in a white brace after the game, likely in an effort to reduce swelling. Manager Mickey Callaway said the team will see how Rosario feels on Tuesday and manage his Grapefruit League appearances from there.
If Rosario’s injury lingers, the Mets infield depth would continue its early trend of suffering significant blows. The Mets would likely have Adeiny Hechavarria fill in for Rosario while J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith are occupied at the corners. The likelihood of Jeff McNeil returning to play in the infield would also increase.
Rosario is batting .463 with a home run and three RBIs over four Grapefruit League games.