Luis Guillorme offers Mets flexibility in the field on approaching return


MIAMI – Luis Guillorme’s imminent return to the Mets should provide the team with some much-needed defensive flexibility.

The infielder, who played a rehabilitation game for Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday, is expected to be activated from the injured list starting Monday, according to manager Buck Showalter, after missing a month with a left groin injury.

Luis Guillormea

Guillorme’s return gives Showalter the ability to move Jeff McNeil to the outfield if needed with Starling Marte on the IL. On Sunday, the Mets went into right field with struggling Darin Ruf.

“One of the things we miss with Louie is the ability to move the load a little bit,” Showalter said before the Mets’ 9-3 win over the Marlins. “It’s a real safety net in a lot of places that we haven’t had.”

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Mark Vientos was 0-for-5 as the DH in his Major League-debut. Growing up in South Florida, Vientos had dozens of relatives and friends with him.

“I couldn’t have dreamed it better,” Vientos said before the match, noting that he hadn’t slept much the previous night because of the anticipation. “It’s great to be in my hometown and have a lot of people at the game, home support, but I’m blessed to now have the chance to be with the Mets and kick-start my career.”

Mark Vientos reacts after striking out.
Mark Vientos reacts after striking out.
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Max Scherzer threw a bullpen session and was feeling good, according to pitching coach Jeremy Hefner. The righthander, who was placed on the injured list last week with a left oblique irritation, will miss at least one more start – David Peterson pitched in his place on Friday – before being eligible to return from the IL.

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But the Mets have not committed to Peterson before Wednesday, leaving open the possibility that Trevor Williams will start there. The lefty Peterson gave up three earned runs in 3 ²/₃ innings against the Marlins in his final appearance.

The Mets wore a first responder cap to commemorate 9/11 during the game.

“There’s just so many people involved,” Showalter said. “It’s our chance to honor those people and realize that there are a number of people and families who have been very affected by this and still feel the pain of it, so it’s a day to stop and take a look at it.” think about it a bit and remind ourselves.”

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Buck Showalter wears a first responder cap
Buck Showalter wears a first responder cap
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Scherzer, who watched from the dugout, was ejected for arguing over a call in the first inning. Brandon Nimmo appeared to hit a triple early in the game, but was sent back to second base when umpires ruled the ball stuck in a gap between the fence and the ground.

A day after being placed in the IL with a partial non-displaced fracture in his right middle finger, Marte said he is in a better place emotionally. Marte sustained the injury on Tuesday when he was drilled by a pitch in Pittsburgh.

,,I’ve come to terms with it,” said Marte. “Especially with the finger, sometimes it’s a ligament problem, but in this case I can move it a bit more now, but it’s fine. We’ll just manage it and we’ll see how it goes.”