Anthony DiComo of MLB.com writes that McNeil is expected to be placed on the paternity list ahead of Monday’s game against Atlanta. This week, the Mets have infielder Kramer Robertson on the bench, so if McNeil is benched, Robertson will likely be added to the roster on Monday.
While on paternity leave, McNeil is eligible to rejoin the Mets for their four-game series against the Cubs that begins on Thursday. In the absence of McNeil, Luis Guillorme will have more chances to shine at second base.
The arrival of McNeil’s first kid, as DiComo pointed out, made this inevitable. I understand that there are more important things in life, but McNeil’s absence could jeopardize the season’s best opportunity thus far. Atlanta Braves are currently on a hot streak, and his absence could be a problem for the bottom half of the order.
Mets roster moves: Travis Jankowski is back from the IL, about seven weeks after fracturing a bone in his left hand.
Jeff McNeil goes on the paternity list, as expected.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 11, 2022
It is 2022, and McNeil is currently playing at.311 with an OBP of.371 (77 games) and an SLG rate of.436 (77 games). On Sunday, he was named to his second All-Star team in his career. This week, we’ll keep a close eye on when he’s due back.
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