3:05pm: The Mets don’t expect Gsellman to return this year, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News tweets.
While the exact severity of Gsellman’s injury isn’t known, a rib fracture would likely indicate that his 2020 campaign is over with less than three weeks remaining in the regular season. The right-hander already missed time earlier this season with a triceps injury and didn’t make his season debut until August 8.
The injuries have undoubtedly contributed to a rough year for Gsellman on the mound. Working as both a reliever and as a starter, Gsellman has a 9.64 ERA over 14 innings, with almost as many walks (eight) as strikeouts (nine). Gsellman has also been tagged for four homers over his 14 innings for an ungainly 2.6 HR/9. A big piece of that damage came in last night’s game, when Gsellman allowed six runs to the Orioles over 3 2/3 innings.
Gsellman broke into the big leagues as a starter, though transitioned to relief work in 2018-19 and was only called back to starting this season to help fill the gaps left by the Mets’ many rotation injuries. The 27-year-old is pitching in his fifth MLB season and will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. Since he isn’t likely to earn much of a raise over his $1.225MM salary from 2020, it wouldn’t cost the Mets much to bring Gsellman back and hope for better health in 2021.