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    Todd Frazier Diagnosed With Oblique Strain

    26 Feb 2019 at 8:47 AM CDT

    Mets third baseman Todd Frazier has been diagnosed with a strained left oblique muscle following an MRI and is headed back to New York to receive a cortisone shot, tweets’s Anthony DiComo. While DiComo cites a Mets official who doesn’t believe the issue is severe, there’s no timetable for a return at present.

    Given that oblique strains often keep players on the shelf for a month or more, Frazier’s injury could put his readiness for Opening Day in jeopardy. Paired with a knee issue for offseason signee Jed Lowrie, the Frazier injury tests the Mets’ infield depth before the first week of spring games has even come to a close. New York also acquired J.D. Davis from the Astros this winter and is currently planning to deploy Jeff McNeil in the outfield, so the team has options if Frazier and/or Lowrie does indeed need to sit out long enough to miss some time early in the season.

    It’s a tough start to the season for the 33-year-old Frazier, who’ll be looking to rebound at the plate after posting a meager .213/.303/.390 slash with 18 homers and 18 doubles in 472 plate appearances last season. Frazier still turned in solid defensive marks last season (+2 Defensive Runs Saved and Ultimate Zone Rating alike), and his walk rate topped 10 percent for the second consecutive season after never having done so in his first six seasons. He’s owed $9MM in 2019 in the second season of a two-year, $17MM deal with the Mets.

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  • #2
    no Lowrie, no Frazier? JD Davis, YOU'RE UP!


    • yogi8
      yogi8 commented
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      FANG waving the white towel in February?

    • NY FANG
      NY FANG commented
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      quite the opposite - next man up approach! FANG La Russa!

    • mjjm367
      mjjm367 commented
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      FANG La Russa??? Isn't that the new Italian Restaurant in midtown?

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    • #4
      I'd say Jeff McNeil poised to play everyday 3B and dare I say it...Pete Alonso will be the opening day 1B!


      • #5
        This does hurt, but I'm not convinced that Lowrie's issue is that serious (even though it's a knee). McNeil would seem to be the logical move with the possibility of a Conforto-Lagares-Nimmo OF with Broxton and Davis giving depth leaving options.


        • #6
          For the first time in a long time injuries like these will surely have an impact but they are probably not as devastating as they could have been.


          • #7
            Not devastating, but the vaunted depth that was built up all offseason is eroding and we have not played real game one yet.


            • #8
              Originally posted by Brian Stark View Post
              Not devastating, but the vaunted depth that was built up all offseason is eroding and we have not played real game one yet.
              Did you notice this is happening to other teams as well; Severino for the Yankees, Kershaw for the Dodgers, Foltynewicz and Gausman for the Braves, Cozart for the Angels, Sano for the Twins and Jankowski for the Padres just to name a few.

              Severino for the Yankees and Kershaw for the Dodgers are much bigger hits to those teams than both Lowrie and Frazier are to the Mets.


              • #9
                NL East Injury Notes: Frazier

                by TC ZENCKA
                14 Apr 2019 at 9:57 PM CDT

                Let’s grab an update on a couple of players who might returning to NL East action…

                Todd Frazier has a good chance of making his season debut later this week, per’s Anthony DiComo (via Twitter). The Mets third baseman missed the first couple weeks of the 2019 season with a left oblique injury, but he’s on the return trail and could join the team in Philadelphia. J.D. Davis has had his share of moments while playing third in Frazier’s stead, batting .242/.375/.485, including a home run on April 6th – with an exit velocity of 114.6 mph – that was the fourth hardest-hit HR by a Mets player since Statcast started tracking the data in 2015. Both of his home runs this season came in that April 6th contest against the Nationals until he hit his third tonight against the Braves. Given the way Pete Alonso has played at first base, the Mets will face a roster crunch when Frazier does return. Dominic Smith, Luis Guillorme and Davis all have options remaining, making them notably vulnerable.

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                • #10
                  now that Guillorme is gone, that means that Frazier is likely going to be the backup SS...I think that JD is safe in the near future...and as long as Nimmo/Broxton show that they can handle Center, that would likely mean that Lagares has until the next IF/OF comes off the DL before he's the next roster move...but before that happens, it might be an idea to get Dom some OF time in the minors first...he's got more value as a 1B/LF backup than he has as just a 1B backup