Cameron Maybin can’t buy a hit, but his place in Mets roster probably isn’t in danger.
The veteran outfielder has extended his futility to 0-for-26 since joining the club in a trade with the Cubs last week going scoreless in five strikes to play Thursday in the Rocky Mets’ double sweep. It equaled the longest drought in franchise history for a player to start his career with the Mets (Charley Smith was unsuccessful in 26 beating after joining the team in 1964).
“At present [Maybin] gives us center field, and you want to play defense, ”manager Luis Rojas said after the Mets won 1-0, 4-2 at Citi Field. “We’re still waiting for him to click and get better at bats.”
Maybin nearly broke the drought in the sixth inning of Game 2, when his tough rush at third base deflected Ryan McMahon. But shortstop Brendan Rodgers caught the deflection and shot home to get out, resulting in the choice of a defenseman.
If Maybin sits down, the Mets’ options become moving a corner fielder, Billy McKinney or Khalil Lee, to midfield.
“[Maybin] took better shots today, ”Rojas said. “I think it’s important for us to have him in the middle and for Billy McKinney to play one of the corners. Defense is going to make the difference for us, the way the guys throw the ball.
Taijuan Walker is expected to be removed from the injured list to begin Friday’s series opener against the Braves at Citi Field. The right-hander threw on Thursday as a final test to convince team officials he was ready. Walker left his start against the Braves on May 17 with strain on the left and was replaced in the rotation this weekend by Jordan Yamamoto, who has since been placed on the 60-day IL with pain in the right shoulder.
Miguel Castro and Trevor May weren’t options for the seventh inning of Game 2, according to Rojas, as both relievers were given extra rest after Wednesday’s rain. Rojas added that there was no injury issue for either pitchers. Robert Gsellman and Jacob Barnes combined to secure the final three strikeouts after Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless sixth inning.
JD Davis had a second MRI scan on his left hand in recent days which showed inflammation in the joint between his third and fourth metatarsals. He expects to resume his swings on Saturday or Sunday and said he was unsure whether he would need a return to Triple-A Syracuse, where he was in rehab last week.
“I wish I could have been there now,” said Davis, who has been on the injured list since May 3. “I’m dying of boredom and not being able to produce for my guys, for my team. It is really frustrating. The only thing you can do is rest and give it time.