Mets Injury Tracker: David Peterson updates progress as he works his way back from surgery

Here is the latest news and possible return dates for Mets players...

Feb. 14, 8:59 a.m.

David Peterson, who had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip in November, told reporters on Tuesday that he didn't think surgery was coming -- but that he's glad it's out of the way.

The left-hander is expected to miss the first month or two while recovering, but is already throwing as he works his way back.

Peterson wouldn't put a possible best-case scenario timeline on his return, but discussed where he's at in the process.

"Playing catch, working out, progressing well," he said. "Just continuing to follow the plan that we laid out -- check all the boxes and continue to get closer to 100 percent."

Peterson added that he's not yet sure when he'll get back on a mound.

While the Mets will be without Peterson for the start of the season, they have an established five-man rotation that will be led by Kodai Senga and also feature Luis Severino, Jose Quintana, Sean Manaea, and Adrian Houser.

Beyond the expected starting five are solid depth options including Jose Butto, Joey Lucchesi, and two prospects who could debut during the first half of the season if needed -- Christian Scott and Mike Vasil.

Dec. 6, 9:54 a.m.

Mets closer Edwin Diaz, who missed the entire 2023 season after tearing his patellar tendon during the WBC in March and having surgery, told Laura Albanese of Newsday that he's "ready to go," noting that if spring training started today he would be "100 percent ready."

"I’ve got a lot of power in my leg. I’m ready to go," Diaz told Newsday.

Diaz was ramping up toward the end of last season with an eye on a return, but he and the Mets abandoned those efforts since they were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

Speaking at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday, David Stearns said Diaz would be ready to go for Opening Day, explaining that how he's brought along in spring training would be figured out at a later date.

As far as regaining his velocity and being able to field his position, Diaz told Newsday he has no concerns.

"My comfort is big," Diaz said about fielding. "I haven’t been doing that yet because we have a lot of time [and] we’re in December right now, so I have to do that maybe in February…But can I do it right now? Yes, I can do it 100 percent."

Nov. 9, 10:19 a.m.

The Mets are confident Starling Marte won't need surgery on his groin this offseason, David Stearn said Wednesday at the GM Meetings.

Marte was limited to just 86 games this past season after having double groin surgery during the offseason, and played only two games in the second half.

He was unable to make it back on the field late in the season despite rehabbing, and there had been fear that he would have to go under the knife again.

Unable to go full speed in the batter's box or in the field in 2023 due to after-effects of the surgery, Marte struggled badly, hitting just .248/.301/.324 as he played through pain.

Marte, 35, will make $19.5 million each of the next two seasons as he completes the four-year contract he signed before the 2022 campaign.

Oct. 3, 9:54 a.m.

Francisco Alvarez, who left the Mets' season finale after taking a ball off his heel, is fine, reports Tim Britton of The Athletic, who says the team is not concerned.

Per The Athletic, Alvarez felt better on Monday.

Alvarez came out of the game after getting hit in the top half of the seventh inning.

The Mets said after the game that Alvarez was going to undergo imaging.

Sept. 30, 2:15 p.m.

Brandon Nimmo underwent an MRI on his right shoulder, which revealed no rotator cuff damage, but his season is officially over.

"We're not going to push it but he should be a ready-to-go player next year," Buck Showalter said prior to Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader.

The team says they'll keep an eye on it during the winter but they fully expect Nimmo to be ready for spring training. In fact, if the team were in a playoff race Nimmo would not have be placed on the IL.

"It’s not that serious of an injury and I’m not that upset," Nimmo told reporters Saturday. "I did really well and stayed on the field. These little things happen sometimes, unfortunately it happened when it did. I’m not really upset."

Sept. 29, 1:20 a.m.

Brandon Nimmo left Thursday's game against the Marlins in the fifth inning because of an AC joint issue in his right shoulder, manager Buck Showalter said after the game was suspended.

The skipper also said that Nimmo will receive an MRI on Friday to determine if there is "any rotator damage." Initial X-rays came back negative.

Even if there isn't damage, with just three games remaining on the schedule, the team may just shut Nimmo down for the rest of the season. Showalter says they'll be "cautious" with Nimmo. If that is the case, Nimmo had one of his most productive seasons in 2023.

In 152 games, Nimmo batted .274 with an .829 OPS to go along with a career-high 24 home runs.

Sept. 28, 5:55 p.m.

The Mets announced prior to Thursday's series finale against the Miami Marlins that infielder Jeff McNeil was placed on the 10-day IL with a left elbow sprain, ending his 2023 season.

Later, McNeil explained that an MRI revealed that he had a partial tear in his UCL, but surgery is not on the table as of now. Instead, he'll receive a platelet-rich plasma injection on Friday.

"I think it was in the Arizona series. I was sliding into second base, and I remember just walking back out to center field and [Brandon] Nimmo and I talking and I didn’t feel great," McNeil said. "My elbow was kind of bothering me a little bit. I remember working up the next day and it was a little bit sore, but nothing I couldn’t play through or anything like that."

McNeil has been an iron man for the Mets this season, playing in 156 games while hitting .270 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI. The reigning NL batting champion had a down year for the Mets but has turned it on in September, hitting .297 with four home runs.

Infielder Danny Mendick was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to take his McNeil's spot.

Sept. 24, 8:57 p.m.

X-rays on Francisco Alvarez's left hand were negative, manager Buck Showalter said after Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Showalter said Alvarez suffered a finger contusion and the catcher was "in a lot of pain" after getting hit by consecutive foul balls in the same spot on the tip of his left middle finger.

"That's just part of the game," Alvarez said. "Every single time we go out on that field, we run the risk of something happening. That's just kind of the way it goes."

Alvarez left Sunday's game in the bottom of the sixth inning.

It appeared that Alvarez's glove hand took the brunt of the impact on the foul tips, as he grabbed his left hand after the second foul ball and trainers came out to check on him.

Backup Omar Narvaez then replaced Alvarez behind the plate.

Sept. 20, 10:20 p.m.

DJ Stewart was scratched from the lineup Wednesday night in Miami after he got hit with a thrown ball on the left wrist during batting practice, manager Buck Showalter said after the Mets’ 8-3 win over the Marlins.

The manager said the X-rays were negative and he was held out with a sore left wrist.

Showalter wasn’t sure of the exact circumstances of how Stewart was hit but said he tried to hit and was pretty sore and therefore removed from the lineup. He was penciled in to bat third and play right field.

Sept. 19, 4:50 p.m.

Mets third baseman Brett Baty remains out of the lineup as he works his way back from a groin injury he suffered last week against the Diamondbacks.

Baty, who has been progressing well, is available off the bench and Buck Showalter is hoping he'll be able to make his return to the starting nine for Wednesday's series finale against the Marlins.

Additionally, Starling Marte continues to progress well as he hopes to make a return over the final stretch of the season.

The outfielder took batting practice with the team Monday, which left Showalter impressed, and he's now in Port St. Lucie where he'll potentially participate in sim games.

"He looks really good," the skipper added. "It's encouraging, I watched him take BP and do some fielding things and it was a real reminder of what he's capable of doing for us. You can tell he's moving really well."

Marte appears to be closing in on potentially getting back on the field for the first time since the beginning of August.

Sept. 18, 2:57 p.m.

Luis Guillorme has been activated from the IL, with the Mets optioning Jonathan Arauz to Triple-A Syracuse to make room on the 28-man roster.

Guillorme had been on the IL since July 22 due to a calf injury.

In 50 games this season, the defensive specialist is hitting .238/.304/.347.

Sept. 16, 8:38 p.m.

Facing the Reading Fightin Phils on Saturday night in Double-A, Kevin Parada was removed from the game after getting hit by a pitch on his left knee in the sixth inning.

The young catching prospect stayed down for a few seconds before hobbling back up on one leg and in visible pain. After the training staff checked him out, Parada was forced to leave the game.

The 22-year-old was 0-for-2 with a strikeout before getting plunked.

Sept. 15, 4:24 p.m.

Edwin Diaz continues to progress as he works his way back from knee surgery he underwent in March.

Mets manager Buck Showalter told reporters on Friday that the right-hander will travel with the Mets on their upcoming road trip and the plan is for him to throw a 20-pitch bullpen session in Port St. Lucie.

Showalter added that outfielder Starling Marte, who has been on the injured list since the beginning of August with a groin strain, will be there as well.

Sept. 15, 3:30 p.m.

Brett Baty continues to progress well as he works his way back from a groin injury he suffered earlier this week.

The third baseman, who underwent imaging the other day, remains out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game due to left groin tightness.

Baty told reporters he's feeling good and he'll hit and take grounders prior to Friday's game but he still isn't sure of the timetable for his return.

Sept. 14, 1:33 p.m.

Edwin Diaz threw from the Citi Field mound on Thursday as he continues to progress toward a potential late-season return from knee surgery.

Diaz, who has been throwing bullpen sessions and recently mixed in the slider to go along with his fastball, will travel with the club on their upcoming road trip.

The next step for Diaz could be facing hitters.

In other injury news, Brett Baty -- who left Wednesday's game due to a groin issue -- received an MRI that revealed a mild left groin strain. He is day-to-day.

Meanwhile, Ronny Mauricio -- who missed Wednesday's game due to an illness -- is back with the team and available off the bench for Thursday's series finale against Arizona.

Sept. 13, 9:53 p.m.

Mets third baseman Brett Baty left Wednesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with left groin soreness, the team announced.

Baty will undergo imaging and the team will provide updates when they get them.

The Mets pulled their young infielder from the game before the top of the seventh began. He took the field but Baty was shown walking off with a trainer before the inning started. Baty finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored after snapping an 0-for-18 stretch at the plate.

Sept. 13, 4:55 p.m.

Starling Marte took batting practice at Citi Field on Wednesday, the first time he's done so since landing on the IL on Aug. 7 with a groin strain.

“A really good day,” manager Buck Showalter said. “You could tell on his face he’s in a good place.”

Marte told's Anthony DiComo that he's been "working hard" and that he fully intends to play again this season, targeting the Met's' final homestand of the season as a potential return date.

The Mets have an off day on Sept. 25 before finishing the season with six home games against the Marlins and Phillies. The club might set up a simulated game for Marte in Port St. Lucie next week while the big league club plays in Miami.

Ronny Mauricio was not in the lineup for Wednesday's game due to illness, Showalter said.

Sept. 12, 4:24 p.m.

Sean Reid-Foley is dealing with a shoulder strain, manager Buck Showalter told reporters before Tuesday's game.

Per Showalter, Reid-Foley is going to receive imaging to assess the severity of the injury.

Reid-Foley had been strong since returning, with a 3.52 ERA and 1.30 WHIP to go along with 16 strikeouts in 7.2 innings over eight appearances.

Sept. 11, 4:17 p.m.

Francisco Alvarez, whose X-rays came back negative on Sunday after he was hit in the hand by a pitch, "is sore but he could play," manager Buck Showalter told reporters on Monday.

Alvarez is not in the starting lineup, but Showalter said he's available off the bench.

There is no plan for Alvarez to get additional testing on his hand.

The rookie catcher left Sunday's win in the bottom of the seventh after being hit by a pitch two innings earlier. He took warmups from Trevor Gott before walking off with trainers.

Sept. 9, 2:10 p.m.

Mets manager Buck Showalter said Starling Marte’s rehab is “going well” as the outfielder continues to work his way back from a groin injury.

Showalter said before the game Saturday that Marte, who has been on the injured list since Aug. 7, “took some swings, ran at a high percentage the way they gauge it with the numbers and tracking the miles per hour.”

He added: “We’re happy with the way that's preceding. Kinda ruled out a lot of things.”

Showalter said that it is a possibility that Marte plays again this season and that is a conversation the manager wants to have with him when the club returns from the road trip. “Kinda see where he is with everything, see what he’s thinking.”

Luis Guillorme played in his first rehab assignment Friday night with High-A Brooklyn and struggled at the plate (0-for-3 with three strikeouts) but played well in the field. Guillorme said “he went through the game well,” Showalter told the media. “Reports last night after the game… everything felt fine physically.”

“There’s a schedule mapped out for when he would be available to us if he meets all the benchmarks… it’s not imminent, but there’s a date that’s approaching that we think he might be available,” he said, adding that he expects Guillorme to return to the lineup this year.

The skipper said that the doctors had finished all the procedures on Carlos Carrasco and “that’s in good shape.”

Sept. 8, 6:18 p.m.

DJ Stewart remains out of the lineup for the third straight game with what manager Buck Showalter calls soreness.

"He's still a little sore," Showalter said prior to Friday's game. "He's not quite there. One more day might do it, at least that's what he's saying."

When asked if it was Stewart's back, Showalter said it was a spot that encompasses a few areas but they are hoping it's not the oblique. Showalter says that Stewart dealt with a similar issue before and instead of pushing through, they are trying to use rest to cure the ailment.

The Mets skipper does plan to play Stewart in Saturday's game, though.

Sept. 6, 5:47 p.m.

Edwin Diaz took a big step in his road to returning from major knee surgery. Manager Buck Showalter told the media before Wednesday's game that the righty threw breaking balls for the first time.

There wasn't more of an update on the reliever but considering he hasn't had a setback in his bullpen sessions, the 31-year-old looks to be getting closer and closer to rejoining the team -- if the Mets decide to do so.

Luis Guillorme (right calf strain) is set to begin a rehab assignment this Friday for High-A Brooklyn.

DJ Stewart, who missed Tuesday's game and is out of the lineup again Wednesday with lower back tightness, should be back Friday per Showalter.

Sept. 5, 4:51 p.m.

The Mets are already short-handed in their rotation, and now they’ll be down another arm.

The team announced that right-hander Carlos Carrasco fractured the fifth finger on his right hand on Sunday, with a general timeline for the injury being 4-6 weeks. He'll be placed on the IL, with Sam Coonrod getting called up.

Carrasco, 36, hasn’t started a game since Aug. 26, when he went just 1.2 innings while allowing five earned runs against the Los Angeles Angels. Carrasco warmed up in the bullpen during last Wednesday’s game against the Texas Rangers, but never appeared in the game.

The veteran went unclaimed after being placed on waivers at the end of August, and now his season is all but officially over.

Sept. 2, 10:40 p.m.

In the seventh inning of Saturday's Mets-Mariners game, third baseman Mark Vientos was running the bases but seemed to limp off the field once the inning came to a close. Trainers came out to talk to him but the team pulled him for Jonathan Arauz in the top of the eighth.

After the game, manager Buck Showalter was asked about Vientos and said it was a sore right foot and downplayed the severity.

"He’s been fine and I guess running the bases he felt it," he said. "We’ll find out more tomorrow but he’s pretty sore there."

Showalter explained that with his foot compromised, they didn't want to take any chances with him from a health perspective and from a defensive perspective.

Before he left, Vientos had a good day at the plate. He went 2-for-3 with a home run in the team's 8-7 loss to Seattle.

Aug. 30, 4:22 p.m.

Buck Showalter gave another update on Wednesday about Edwin Diaz who is still trying to return from a right patellar tendon injury, saying that the closer threw outside once again today and that it "went well".

Showalter also gave a clearer picture of the plans for his starting rotation this weekend. The skipper said Kodai Senga will start on Friday and Tylor Megill will go on Sunday, but that Saturday's starter is still to be determined.

Aug. 27, 11:00 a.m.

Pete Alonso is back in the Mets' lineup batting fourth and playing first base just a day after being hit in the back of the neck by a curveball from Angels reliever Jose Soriano.

Buck Showalter said pregame that all the tests came back fine on the slugger and after being evaluated again this morning he's been deemed good to go.

"Talked to him last night after the game and again after he got home about everything, then again this morning," the skipper said. "He really wants to play, he passed everything."

Additionally, the Mets have reinstated third baseman Mark Vientos from the injured list, as expected, ahead of the series finale Sunday afternoon.

Additionally, Jeff Brigham has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse and lefty Adam Kolarek and outfielder Abraham Almonte have been designated for assignment.

Aug. 26, 9:53 p.m.

On the first pitch of the bottom of the eighth inning, Pete Alonso was hit in the back of the neck by an 86.2 mph curveball from Los Angeles Angels reliever Jose Soriano.

Alonso went down before getting up and barking at the Angels and the benches cleared and bullpens emptied but without any incident. After reaching first base Alonso was lifted for pinch-runner Danny Mendick.

Manager Buck Showalter said after the game, a 5-3 loss, that Alonso had passed the initial concussion test and “seemed to be doing ok,” and “we might have got lucky, again.”

Aug, 26, 3:15 p.m.

Mark Vientos has rejoined the Mets at Citi Field after just a one-day rehab stint at Triple-A. He played all nine innings at third base Friday for Syracuse and went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.

Vientos has been on the injured list since Aug. 17 due to left wrist tendinitis, but Mets manager Buck Showalter has told reporters throughout the week that he's been progressing well.

The 23-year-old told's Anthony Dicomo that he expects to be activated prior to Sunday afternoon's series finale against the Angels.

Additionally, outfielder Starling Marte will head to Philadelphia to begin physical therapy as he tries to work his way back from a right groin strain.

Aug. 25, 4:55 p.m.

Mets manager Buck Showalter updated a handful of injuries before first pitch against the Los Angeles Angels, headlined by a potential big step in the works for closer Edwin Diaz (right patellar tendon repair).

Showalter additionally shared the latest on the returns of infielder Luis Guillorme (right calf strain), outfielder Starling Marte (right groin strain) and third baseman Mark Vientos (left wrist tendinitis).

"I know Guillorme's starting to a run a little bit today," Showalter said. "... I think Edwin, if things proceed well, may throw a bullpen on Sunday. Marte continues his rehab. Vientos is playing tonight in Syracuse. That's about all."

Triple-A Syracuse plays the Buffalo Bisons at 6:35 p.m. The team announced a lineup at 4:15 p.m. that had Vientos batting third and starting at the hot corner.

Showalter elaborated on the possible bullpen for Diaz after fielding a follow-up question.

"He's thrown off a mound -- a bullpen, so to speak -- inside," Showalter said. "The only difference -- Sunday's going to be outside. That's the difference, and that's a work in progress."

Aug. 23, 5:17 p.m.

Edwin Diaz threw off a mound Wednesday, the second time he's done that since his right patellar tendon tear that needed surgery.

Manager Buck Showalter gave the media an update on Diaz before the rubber game between the Mets and Braves and said that the closer's session on the mound went well.

"Went well. Velocity and stuff was good. He’s progressing well," he said. "I know what they’re thinking the next steps are but we’re going to wait to see how he recovers from today before we go there."

When asked if the next step is having him pitch in a simulate game, Showalter said they are not there yet.

Showalter also had a small update on Mark Vientos who is on the IL with wrist tendonitis. The skipper said that Vientos is scheduled to go on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse but that depends on the weather.

Aug. 22, 5:20 p.m.

Buck Showalter provided injury updates on two Mets relievers prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Braves.

Closer Edwin Diaz is expected to throw off a mound for the second time Wednesday as he works his way back from a right patellar tendon tear suffered in the World Baseball Classic.

Whether Diaz will pitch this season remains to be seen, but he’s certainly making some positive strides in the recovery process.

Additionally, John Curtiss underwent surgery on Tuesday to remove a loose body in his right elbow, the skipper says the right-hander is expected to be ready for Opening Day.

Aug. 21, 7:09 p.m.

Buck Showalter revealed the latest on a trio of injured Mets -- Starling Marte, Luis Guillorme and Mark Vientos -- before the Mets began a three-game series at the Atlanta Braves with a 7:20 p.m. start on SNY.

"We haven't heard yet," Showalter said of the results from Monday's checkup with team doctors for Marte, whom the Mets placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to Aug. 6) with a right groin strain. "It was later in the afternoon, so we won't know anything. Probably have an idea by game time, I hope, but he's not imminent here. So it's not something I spend a lot of time on right now, but we don't know anything yet. I know his appointment was in the afternoon."

Vientos -- on the 10-day injured list since this past Thursday, Aug. 17, with left wrist tendinitis -- is trending up.

"Good, good," Showalter said. "I think he's made progress. The first day or so, he was kind of sore from the injection. But he's kind past that now, and he's got a chance to be available -- maybe not on the day he's eligible, but close to it. Everybody decides what they want to do with him when he is ready, whether he needs to go play or not."

Guillorme has been on the 10-day injured list since July 22 with a right calf strain.

"Slow, but making progress every day," Showalter said. "I haven't gotten an update yet."

Aug. 20, 1:10 p.m.

Manager Buck Showalter said Sunday prior to the team's game against the St. Louis Cardinals that OF Starling Marte (groin strain) is "progressing slowly, but surely."

Showalter added that Marte will get checked out by team doctors on Monday to see where he's at in his recovery. Showalter had previously mentioned the possibility of Marte playing in some rehab games before returning to the big leagues, and Marte agreed on Aug. 14 that it could be beneficial for him.

The veteran has been out since Aug. 5, and has played in only 86 of a possible 124 games this season.

Aug. 17, 5:00 p.m.

Prior to Thursday's series opening matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Mets placed third baseman Mark Vientos on the IL due to left wrist tendonitis.

After logging 10 consecutive starts at the hot corner with Brett Baty sent back down to Triple-A, Vientos bowed out of the lineup for the series finale against the Pirates.

The 23-year-old underwent an MRI that revealed some inflammation and now a day later he lands on the IL. Mets manager Buck Showalter was optimistic that Vientos would be able to return in the minimum amount of days.

In a corresponding roster move, the Mets have recalled Abraham Almonte from Syracuse. He was recently DFA'd after hitting .091 across 12 MLB at-bats, but ended up back in the system after going unclaimed on waivers.

Additionally, left-hander Josh Walker (right oblique strain) was transferred to the 60-day IL.

Aug. 16, 11:50 a.m.

Buck Showalter said before Wednesday's rubber game against the Pittsburgh Pirates that All-Star closer Edwin Diaz threw off a mound in the bullpen as he recovers from a right patellar tendon tear suffered in the World Baseball Classic before the season.

Whether Diaz will pitch this season remains to be seen, but this step in the recovery process is definitely a good sign.

Infielder Mark Vientos had an MRI on his left wrist that revealed inflammation, but no structural damage. He is being listed as day-to-day.

Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m.

Prior to Monday night’s series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Mets announced right-handed pitcher Sam Coonrod has been reinstated from the 60-day injured list and left-hander Josh Walker was placed on the 15-day IL (retroactive to Aug. 13) with a right oblique strain.

Coonrod, 30, was a candidate for one of the final spots in the Mets' bullpen out of spring training but was placed on the IL on March 14 with a high-grade late strain. In 10 outings during his rehab, including two starts, the right-hander has allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits over 9.1 innings with 12 strikeouts and eight walks.

Walker appeared in 14 games during his stints with the Mets this season, allowing 11 runs (nine earned) in 10.0 innings at the big league level.

The Mets also recalled RHP John Curtiss from Triple-A Syracuse and placed him on the 60-day IL with a loose body in his right elbow and outrighted RHP Jimmy Yacabonis to Triple-A.

Aug. 14, 4:05 p.m.

On Sunday, manager Buck Showalter mentioned the possibility of Starling Marte playing in some rehab games rather than just coming straight back into major league action when he returns from his IL stint.

On Monday, Marte agreed that rehab games may be the best course of action for him as he returns from a groin strain.

"Yeah, I think it’ll be favorable for me to do that to kind of catch my rhythm again," said Marte, via an interpreter. "So, we’ll see."

The veteran outfielder has played in 86 of a possible 118 games this season.

"It’s been tough being out there after having a career where you’re pretty much playing every single day," he said. "Now with the situation that I’m in right now, I think the biggest value is for me to be there, be outside watching the game and being one of those veteran leaders talking to the young guys and just pointing out what they can better and how to approach the game on a daily level."

Aug. 13, 4:58 p.m.

Mets manager Buck Showalter shared injury updates on outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Starling Marte before Sunday night's game against the Braves.

Nimmo spent the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader in left field while dealing with a left quad injury. He remains in left field for Sunday's game, but his status is trending up, according to Showalter.

"We plan on Nim' being our center fielder next year -- and, I think, again this year," Showalter said. "He'll be back out there. He's getting close to being back to a hundred percent."

Marte, whom the Mets played on the 10-day injured list Aug. 7 (retroactive to Aug. 6) with a right groin strain, is a bit of more mixed.

"Progressing, little by little," Showalter said of Marte. "He's pretty sore from the injections. ... Little by little, as he gets away from the injections, they're able to step up some of the things that should get him there. He's eligible on Wednesday. I don't think that's going to happen.

"We've actually talked about this time potentially playing some games before he comes back. It's not just a blind, 'Go play games.' There's a lot more to it than that. You have to cross some bridges to get there. With some players, you don't have to. With some, you do because of their service time."

Aug. 12, 5:24 p.m.

After the Mets' Game 1 loss to the Braves on Saturday, manager Buck Showalter said he expects Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor to be in the lineup for the night cap of the team's doubleheader.

While Lindor is dealing with a sore right side, Nimmo says he's been dealing with an unspecified injury near his left quadriceps. This is the same area on the body that caused him to miss a couple of games earlier in the month.

The Mets said Nimmo is dealing with a "left quad contusion" but the outfielder said it's a strain, according to's Anthony DiComo. Nimmo estimates he's playing at 85 percent and believes playing left field instead of center field will limit the risk of aggravating his quad. He also said swinging a bat doesn't hurt him so it's just managing the issue while in the field.

Aug. 12, 11:40 a.m.

While speaking to reporters prior to Saturday’s doubleheader against the Braves, Mets manager Buck Showalter said shortstop Francisco Lindor received “pretty good news” on his MRI.

Lindor, who was scratched from Friday's lineup due to right side soreness, remains on the bench for the second straight game. The skipper did say he may be available for either game though.

Aug. 9, 5:50 p.m.

Mets closer Edwin Diaz continues to rehab from the knee injury he suffered during the World Baseball Classic and the team is mulling whether they want to have the reliever pitch this season.

When asked about that prior to Wednesday's game, manager Buck Showalter said that Diaz is having a "great" rehab and that he actually looks more fit than he did last season, but whether they want to push to get him some work in the majors before the year is still up in the air.

"He might make it, or might not. But we're not going to push it," Showalter said. "I don't think we're there yet. He's not close to being a decision we need to make. But at some point, I'm hoping there's that discussion that gets more serious."

Diaz was seen on the field Wednesday and Showalter was asked whether the closer has been doing more baseball activities of late.

"He’s starting to do some pitching-relative actions," Showalter answered while being cautious of his wording. "Today was a good step for him. Let's put it that way. It just wasn’t done on the field."

When asked outright if he was throwing on flat ground or a mound, Showalter declined to answer although he knew the answer.

"He's doing well, meeting every benchmark," he said.

Aug. 8, 7:52 p.m.

Following the good news that Starling Marte will not require surgery on his groin and that his manager, Buck Showalter, thinks he will play again this season, the outfielder received an injection in his right groin and will be cleared for light activity in the next few days.

Marte's progress will then be updated at that time, but judging by what Showalter said earlier on Tuesday, it's reasonable to believe Marte will be back on the field before season's end.

Aug. 8, 4:40 p.m.

Starling Marte “got some pretty good news” when the outfielder saw the doctor who performed offseason surgery on his groin in Philadelphia on Tuesday and the Mets expect him to play again this season, manager Buck Showalter said.

“No surgery needed, but we’ve identified the issue he’s had and they attacked it today,” Showalter said.

Marte was placed on the injured list Monday, retroactive to Sunday with a right groin strain.

The skipper added this was not a situation in which they are considering shutting down the 34-year-old for the remainder of the season, saying it was “just the opposite.”

“Would like to see how this [injury] is gonna manage with what’s been done,” Showalter said about Marte playing again in 2023. “You don’t wanna go into the offseason [not] knowing if it's gonna be an issue again. I know a lot more than I’m able to say here, I know with what we’re dealing with, I think you’ll see him play again this year. And it’d be good to see him finish strong knowing what the issue’s been.”

The manager then likened the idea of Marte playing again with the possibility of closer Edwin Diaz playing down the stretch after not pitching since he sustained a knee injury during the World Baseball Classic.

“Some similarities with Edwin,” Showalter said. “If Edwin’s available to pitch Sept. 20 for instance, what would you do? What would you do? I hope that happens. Is it smart for him to pitch or not? Wait til next year? Is there something to be gained? I hope we have those conversations. Right now we’re just trying to get him healthy and available and once that happens we’ll go down that road. But those are the things you ask yourself.

“Every case is different, obviously Edwin and Marte are kinda two different things. But I expect Starling to be back and playing."