Mets injuries and roster changes

Keep track of recent Mets trades and injury updates throughout the season.

RHP Taijuan Walker (right shoulder irritation)
Expected return: To be determined
Walker quit his season debut against the Phillies after two innings due to right shoulder irritation. He has battled shoulder injuries several times throughout his career, including in 2019 when a sprained shoulder slowed his return from Tommy John surgery. Walker also spent this spring returning from surgery on his right knee in the offseason, which forced him to cut short his last outing in the Grapefruit League. In total, the right-hander has only pitched 3 1/3 innings since early April. If Walker runs out of time, David Peterson — who replaced him in Philadelphia on Monday — will likely slip into the rotation. –Anthony DiComo (Last update: April 11)

RHP Jacob deGrom (stress reaction in the right scapula)
Expected return: June
The Mets scratched deGrom in his last start in the spring after reporting pain in the back of his shoulder during a routine pitching session. A subsequent MRI revealed the stress reaction, which caused inflammation in the area. deGrom won’t start for four weeks, after which the club will reassess him. If all goes well, a subsequent ramp-up will likely take another month or so, making early June the best-case scenario for the two-time Cy Young Award winner. –Anthony DiComo (Last update: April 7)

RHP Jake Reed (outstretched left oblique)
Expected return: April
Reed, who was competing for a role in the Mets’ opening day bullpen, cut short a pitching session on March 15 due to midsection discomfort that turned out to be an oblique strain . There were no plans to lay a mound until the first week of April, which forced the club to put it on the IL to start the season. Reed will try to position himself for a recall early in the season if New York needs a bullpen. –Anthony DiComo (Last update: April 7)

LHP Joey Lucchesi (Tommy John surgery recovery)
Expected return:
august or september
An MRI taken on Lucchesi’s left elbow last June revealed a major UCL tear, which required Tommy John surgery. Recovery typically takes 12 to 18 months, putting Lucchesi on the verge of a 2022 comeback. Mets officials have told him that if he recovers as expected, he should be able to help at least in one role. relief before the end of the season. –Anthony DiComo (Last update: April 7)

RHP John Curtiss (recovery from Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: 2023
The Mets signed Curtiss on April 6, knowing he will miss the entire 2022 Tommy John rehab season. They hold an option on his contract for 2023, so if they’re happy with what they see, they’ll exercise it and bring him into their box next season. Curtiss underwent surgery last September while in the Brewers organization. –Anthony DiComo (Last update: April 7)

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