Mets' Jeff McNeil, set for rehab assignment this weekend, 'bragging' about fast recovery

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Mets vs Rockies - New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil fields ball vs Colorado Rockies at Coors Field
Mets vs Rockies - New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil fields ball vs Colorado Rockies at Coors Field

Mets manager Luis Rojas gave an update Tuesday on Jeff McNeil, who is on pace to start his rehab assignment this weekend.

SNY’s Andy Martino reported earlier Tuesday that McNeil was ready to join Triple-A Syracuse sometime this week.

It’s been a faster rehab than expected for the super utility player, but Rojas isn’t going to complain. In fact, McNeil has actually been boasting about how fast he’s gone through the rehab steps.

“He’s been doing everything really well. He was bragging about it on the road trip, telling me how fast he was going,” Rojas said. “Still wanted to take it easy, stay focused on today and keep getting stronger.”

McNeil suffered a significant hamstring injury on May 16, but now he has a mid-June return date. If all goes well from now through his rehab assignment, that could be right on the money.

Rojas says that McNeil has been able to swing the bat well and run at high speed without any setback. He, then, broke down what progression he must take now before he returns to the big club.

“He’s been doing everything, and the next step will be this weekend to go on the rehab assignment. And then progress per inning, five innings to seven innings to the nine innings, back-to-back nine innings before he comes to us.”

By that explanation, McNeil should see at least a week of rehab games before he finds himself in a Mets uniform once again. Still, it’s a great sign to see that he is ahead of schedule and ready to come back to a Mets team that continues to defy the odds set against them.

Michael Conforto continuing to make good progress

Someone who also sustained a hamstring injury on May 16, Conforto isn’t going as fast as McNeil, but positive steps are being taken.

Rojas said that Conforto continues to swing the bat while with the team throughout the road trip. If all goes well, he could be looking at a rehab assignment “in a couple of weeks,” the skipper stated.

Late June was the return time GM Zack Scott gave on May 24.