The Nationals appeared poised to put together a big inning Thursday when they loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first against the New York Mets. They scored one run on a fielder’s choice, bringing up first baseman Asdrúbal Cabrera to push the score further.
Cabrera hit a deep flyball to left field, sending Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil sprinting toward the wall. He jumped and made a highlight-reel catch to end the inning and prevent the Nationals from inflicting further damage.
McNeil, a utility player who also handles multiple infield positions, hit the wall hard and appeared to injure his leg on the play. He was unable to walk off the field and a cart was summoned to help bring him to the trainer’s room.
Losing McNeil would a significant blow for the Mets. Their regular No. 3 hitter, McNeil entered Thursday hitting .293 on the season. If he is sidelined, it would further stretch New York’s depth around the diamond following Yoenis Céspedes’ decision to opt out and injuries to Robinson Cano and Amed Rosario.
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