The New York Mets had a relatively injury-free spring training period, lasting almost three weeks. However, during the third weekend, they lost two of their starting pitchers, David Peterson and Jose Quintana, due to what the team hopes are minor injuries. Quintana’s injury has caused him to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic.
He made the announcement on Instagram, stating that he would not be able to play for Team Colombia due to a side injury he suffered during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. He also mentioned that he was “trying to be ready” by the start of the season. During his second Grapefruit League start, Quintana complained of side tightness after pitching only one inning.
“As a professional, I am aware that without health this is not possible,” Quintana said in the social media post. “From the distance, I send the best of energies to the boys.”
As a precaution, Quintana was sent back to Port St. Lucie after the game instead of departing for the World Baseball Classic with Team Colombia. He is scheduled to undergo imaging on Monday.
“We’ll get some imaging and see where we are with it shortly,” manager Buck Showalter said after the Mets’ 7-1 win over the Cardinals. “It’s a little too early to see where we are with it. I’m glad he spoke to us and told us so we could get him out of there. We’re not taking any chances.”
Imaging on David Peterson’s left foot revealed a contusion, and he is considered day-to-day. Peterson sustained the injury during a Grapefruit League game on Saturday at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium when he took a comebacker off the outside of his foot.
Jose Quintana, on the other hand, pitched a scoreless inning and struck out one during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals, but after throwing just 13 pitches, he complained of side tightness. As a precaution, Quintana was sent back to Port St. Lucie and will undergo imaging on Monday.
Although the Mets have stockpiled depth for starting pitching, missing the WBC would be disappointing for Quintana, who participated in the 2017 event and expressed pride in representing his country.
“We’ll get everything back and see if it’s still in play or not,” Showalter said. “We’ll see once we get the information that we need.”