The Mets and how they handle injuries has been a big topic of debate this season, but don’t expect manager Terry Collins to shed light on any player updates or timelines moving forward.
According to the New York Daily News, the usually candid Collins is furious with the Mets after the front office told him that he can no longer discuss routine injury news. At Collins’ press conference Wednesday, he was asked about Jay Bruce (back) and Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring), who are close to returning to the lineup for the 19-25 team.
I’m not at liberty to discuss the injury situation, Collins said.
But that’s it; nothing lower, aside from a handful of pinch-hitting or double-switch appearances off the bench.
Not that McCutchen has any room to complain at this point. He’s hitting .203 with a .634 OPS and has been in a dreadful slump lately, with a .163 average and .531 OPS in May.
The 30-year-old has been benched for the Pirates’ last two games, though he did come on in the 10th inning of the last-place Pirates’ wild 12-5 win over the Braves on Wednesday.
If McCutchen can somehow regain his form over the coming weeks, he would become a potentially intriguing addition for a contender at the trade deadline. The veteran outfielder is in the final guaranteed year of his contract, and though it’s difficult to imagine the Pirates getting much in return, it seems a change of scenery would be in order after months of trade rumors and a position change.