Mets’ Albert Almora lands on injured list after collision with wall, prospect Khalil Lee called up

May 21, 2021 0 By PENTICTONLAWYERS

As one veteran outfielder departed for the injured list, a promising young Mets prospect was called up to replace him.

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Center fielder Albert Almora was placed on the injured list Wednesday with a left shoulder bruise following his collision with the wall on an attempted catch in Tuesday’s 3-2 Mets’ win over the Orioles. Outfield prospect Khalil Lee, 22, was called up as the corresponding move.

“(Almora) is a strong kid, he’s very smart,” Luis Rojas said. “At this point he knows he needs the time to heal so he can come back and play at the level that he plays.”

Almora sprinted at full speed in the eighth inning Tuesday before he crashed, face-first, into the wall. He was face down on the warning-track dirt for several minutes as a Mets trainer and Rojas ran out to check on him. When he finally stood up, he asked Rojas to stay in the game. Though the skipper appreciated his competitiveness and fearless attitude, there was no way the Mets were going to keep him in the game.

“I caught it…,” Almora tweeted on Wednesday morning, in reference to the ball initially landing in his glove. But the ball popped out once he crashed into the wall.

On Wednesday morning, Almora showed up to the park walking slowly with a swollen knee and bruised left shoulder, prompting the Mets to shift him to the 10-day IL and promote a new member of the organization.

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Lee joined the Mets in February following a three-team trade with the Royals, picked by Kansas City as a high schooler in the third round of the 2016 draft. Lee was the Royals’ eighth-ranked prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He settled into the Mets’ farm system as their seventh overall top prospect. Lee, known for his speed, recorded a .791 OPS with one stolen base across six games for Triple-A Syracuse this season.

BENCH MOB STAYING READY

Mets’ bench players nicknamed themselves the “Bench Mob” after coming up clutch and extending rallies through the team’s first 30 games of the season.

One member of that bench mob, infielder Jose Peraza, earned just his second start of the season Wednesday against the Orioles after Jeff McNeil was left off the lineup due to body/leg cramps. McNeil was available off the bench, but the Mets played it safe by letting Peraza start at second.

The 27-year-old utility infielder took over for McNeil in Tuesday’s win and went 2-for-3 with a pair of leadoff singles. Peraza logged another single in the second inning Wednesday against Matt Harvey and flashed the leather with a nice scoop at second base. He credited his ability to stay sharp off the bench to being ready to enter the game at any moment or opportunity.

“Someone has to be more prepared when they’re coming off the bench,” Peraza said. “They have to be able to make those adjustments. They have to be mentally prepared, physically prepared, their body needs to be stretched out properly just for whatever moment presents itself when you’re asked to go into the game. But you definitely have to be more prepared because you’re not playing every day.”

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