For now anyway, the news is encouraging for Mets rookie pitcher Brian Bannister.A MRI on his right hamstring taken today in Atlanta showed a grade one strain, but no tear, which is positive news because he’s labeled day-to-day as opposed to going on the disabled list.
Bannister was injured in the sixth inning of yesterday’s 9-7, 11-inning victory at San Francisco. He gave up three runs in five innings, but also hit a pair of doubles, drove in two runs and scored another.
Bannister will be re-evaluated today and receive treatment. The team also said center fielder Carlos Beltran’s sore right hamstring would be re-examined today.
Beltran was going to pinch-hit in the 11th inning yesterday, so given that it could be presumed he’s not going on the disabled list.
Because of the off day, everybody is pushed back a day in the rotation, which means Bannister might try to throw in the bullpen Saturday or Sunday. Obviously, if he doesn’t throw then he won’t pitch Tuesday.
The Mets have several options if he can’t pitch, beginning with lefty Darren Oliver. There’s also Jose Lima and John Maine.