New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil was carted off the field Thursday after crashing into the left-field wall in the first inning to rob the Washington Nationals' Asdrubal Cabrera of a two-run, extra-base hit.
After the game, an 8-2 Mets win, manager Luis Rojas told reporters that McNeil is day-to-day with abone contusion in his knee. X-rays were negative, Rojas said.
McNeil, a natural infielder who has been manning both outfielder corners for the Mets since last year, raced at full speed to the warning track and made an impressive lunging catch for the final out of the inning. He crashed into the wall with both arms extended and raised his glove hand as he fell to indicate he had the ball.
But McNeil was in obvious pain as he covered his eyes with both hands and yelled before flinging his glove off. He briefly tried getting up but made it only a few steps with a trainer and Rojas before sitting back down.
"When I got out there with the trainer, we were a little concerned just how he was talking to us,'' Rojas said of McNeil.
McNeil was able to walk to a cart on the warning track before being driven off the field.
McNeil, who has started at third base and left field this season, is batting .293 with seven RBIs in 16 games. He made the All-Star team last season and is a career .319 hitter in 212 games.
Billy Hamilton pinch-hit for McNeil in the bottom half of the inning.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Mets' Jeff McNeil day-to-day after being carted off