NL Notes: Marte, Cardinals, Cruz

The mets export Official statement on me Starling Martfor a fracture of the right middle finger, saying a recent CT scan”Show improved healingand that the midfielderBaseball activities will continue as permitted. This is good news, considering Marty had to stop His first attempt at baseball activities last week, due to persistent discomfort in his finger. Marte hasn’t played since he hit his finger Mitch Keeler stadium on September 6.

It remains to be seen if Marte will be able to return before the end of the regular season, let alone his target date on Friday, when New York kicks off a crucial three-game streak with the Braves that could decide the NL East. The Mets have continued to play well (record 12-6) since Marte was last in the lineup, but it’s clear that having the All-Star quarterback will boost the Mets’ chances of capturing the division and possibly winning the World Championship. There was no indication yet that Marte might miss an action after the season ends, but he will have less recovery time if the Mets have to settle on a wild card, not saying goodbye in the first round.

More National League…

  • The basics announce it Miles Micholas And the Jose Quintana He will start Tuesday and Wednesday in the team’s two-game series against the Brewers. A sweep that would snatch NL Central for St. Louis, who has a 6.5 game lead over Milwaukee but naturally wants to settle the entire division before looking into the playoffs. Since the Cardinals are a default lock to be the third seed in the NL, they will have to play in the wild card round, giving the manager Oliver Marmol There are a lot of things to consider about how best to align his post-season rotations. Basically, Marmol said, not everything is decided yet Derek Gold from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other correspondents, including the possibility that the cards will pick something close to a standard five-man rotation (assuming they advance past the wild card series, of course). Recent struggles Jordan Montgomery And the Adam Wainwright – who also fights “Dead Arm” – also added to the discussion, and St. Louis also has two days left on the regular season schedule.
  • in other basics Updates, Marmol said John Denton from MLB.com And other correspondents that it may be possible for both Jordan Hicks And the Tyler O’Neill To be activated from the list of infected pre-postseason. Hicks has not participated since September 14 due to neck cramps and fatigue in his right arm, but he is scheduled to begin a throwing program on Tuesday. O’Neill will also begin a running program on Wednesday, recovering from a hamstring strain that sent him to IL for 10 days on September 17.
  • Anil Cruz made two mistakes in pirates8-3 loss to the Cubs today, which gave the rookie 15 errors in 73 games this season in the position. It made unfortunate timing for Pirates GM Ben Cherington, who said in a pre-match radio interview (hat tip to Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review) which – which “I don’t see any reason why [Cruz] You can’t play a short top at a major league level. I think he can do it. Time will tell. And he will tell us. Evaluators have always been skeptical about whether or not 6’7 Cruz will eventually need a change of heart, although as for Pirates rebuilding, there’s really no reason why the team shouldn’t take a long look at Cruz before deciding whether A change is necessary: ​​Cruz has also played a few games on the left field for the minors (and one game on the left field for the seniors), which looks like it would be his final reserve position if he couldn’t stay short.

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