Livescore Friday, April 12

The Mets are coming off a tumultuous series against the Braves, one that culminated in an all-too-familiar late-inning meltdown and a sweep. Now 30-33, the last thing the Mets need is bad injury news. They received some anyway on Friday.

Pete Alonso, baseball’s home run leader, is headed to the injured list two days after he was hit by a pitch from Atlanta’s Charlie Morton.

The Mets allowed 26 runs in three games against the Braves, so they need all hands on deck on offense until their pitching staff can start to limit the damage. Any extended absence for Alonso would drain even more power from New York’s lineup at a critical point in the season for the struggling team.

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Alonso is batting .231 with 22 home runs through 62 games this season. While he hasn’t been as much of a contact hitter as he was last season, Alonso has his highest OPS (.872) since 2019 thanks to an early-season home run binge.

How long will the Mets be without the focal point of their lineup? Here’s what you need to know about Alonso’s timeline for a return.

How long is Pete Alonso out?

The Mets announced Friday that Alonso is expected to miss three to four weeks after being diagnosed with a left wrist sprain and bone bruise. He was placed on the 10-day injured list. 

While Alonso avoided a fracture, there was still enough damage to keep him out of the lineup beyond the 10 days the IL placement requires. The timeline will likely keep Alonso out through the rest of June, and a four-week absence would bring him right up against the start of the All-Star break in July.

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Rookie Mark Vientos got the start at first base in place of Alonso on Thursday night, but Mark Canha was penciled in at first on Friday vs. the Pirates. Vientos is batting just .162 with a .423 OPS through 13 games this season, so it remains to be seen whether he will get an extended audition with Alonso out. 

Alonso has been remarkably durable throughout his five-year career. He has never missed more than 10 games in a season, with his only IL stint coming after a hit by pitch in May 2021. The two-time Home Run Derby winner’s absence will be a major test for a Mets team that sits fourth in the NL East and three games out of a wild-card slot. 

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