Pete Alonso has made a quick return from the injured list, as the Mets announced that the first baseman has been activated from the 10-day IL after just the minimum 10 days. In the corresponding move, New York optioned Mark Vientos to Triple-A.
Alonso was hit on the left wrist by a Charlie Morton fastball back on June 7, leaving the slugger with a sprain and a bone bruise. While Alonso at least escaped a more serious injury like a fracture, he was still expected to miss at least 3-4 weeks recovering. Instead, the Polar Bear easily beat that timeline and is already on his way back to the Mets lineup.
Getting Alonso back so soon is a nice outcome for a Mets team in dire need of a break. After losing 10 of their last 13 games, the Mets are 33-37 and sit in fourth place in NL East — a wholly disapppointing result for a team that won 101 games in 2022, and is spending at record levels this season. While there’s still plenty of time for the Mets to get on track, the Amazins have already dug themselves a big hole, and a wild card may be their only path to the playoffs since the Braves lead them by 11.5 games.
An inconsistent offense has been one of the factors in New York’s slide, so Alonso’s power bat will be welcome. Even after missing time on the IL, Alonso still leads the National League with 22 home runs, and only Shohei Ohtani (23) has more homers league-wide. The first baseman is hitting .231/.326/.546 over 261 plate appearances, and Alonso’s batting average and OBP are both down from career norms. Still, Alonso is making tons of hard contact, and his incredibly low .199 BABIP indicates that Alonso could be hitting a lot better than his already-productive slash line.
Vientos was called up to the majors about a month ago, and he hit .178/.224/.244 over 49 PA. It was an underwhelming performance for a hitter considered one of the Mets’ top prospects, though Vientos also didn’t receive much in the way of consistent playing time. Working mostly as a DH with a few appearances at both corner infield positions, Vientos only played a full game in seven of his 16 appearances. He’ll now head back to Triple-A to await his next opportunity, though Vientos may not have anything left to prove in the minors, given his 1.104 OPS over 166 PA at Syracuse this season.