PHILADELPHIA — The Mets injected talented youth into their 60-player pool Saturday.
Two of the organization’s top prospects, catcher Francisco Alvarez and pitcher Matt Allan, were assigned to the Mets’ alternate training site in Brooklyn, mostly to receive work in the absence of a minor league season.
But manager Luis Rojas suggested that both could be in play if the Mets need help at the major league level this season.
“It’s great depth for us,” Rojas said before the Mets lost to the Phillies, 6-2, at Citizens Bank Park. “Knowing the depth that we created and the guys that we put on the site that have the MLB experience, the balance is great with those two additions now to that. If we feel they can come and help the team win at some point, definitely they can come and do that.”
Alvarez, 18, posted a .916 OPS last season at the Rookie level. Allan, 19, is regarded as the organization’s top pitching prospect. He was selected in the third round of last year’s draft and went 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in six appearances between the Gulf Coast Mets and Brooklyn.
Rojas didn’t have a further update on Jacob deGrom, who was scratched from Friday’s start with neck stiffness. DeGrom planned to play catch Saturday, but the manager hadn’t spoken with the Mets ace before holding his pregame press conference. Walker Lockett pitched six innings in deGrom’s place and allowed five runs.
Michael Wacha played catch for the second time since his placement on the injured list last weekend, and the session “went well,” according to Rojas. The veteran right-hander is sidelined with shoulder inflammation. Robert Gsellman has taken his spot in the rotation.
David Peterson came through a throwing session feeling better than he did the previous day, according to Rojas. The rookie left-hander, who incurred shoulder fatigue during his last start, is scheduled to pitch Tuesday in Miami.
Jeff McNeil, who left Thursday’s game after suffering a knee contusion during a collision with the left-field fence, was moving closer to returning to the lineup, according to Rojas. Dominic Smith started in left field Saturday, with Robinson Cano as the DH.
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