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Foot fracture adds to injury woes for Mets’ David Peterson

Jun 2, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher David Peterson (23) throws to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

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Jun 2, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher David Peterson (23) throws to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic Mlb N Y Mets At Arizona Diamondbacks

Already on the injured list with an oblique strain, New York Mets left-hander David Peterson is now headed for surgery for a right foot fracture, after what was described as a “freak” injury by manager Luis Rojas.

According to Rojas, Peterson was walking through the Mets clubhouse Friday when he felt a pop in his right foot. A team trainer took Peterson to the X-ray room where the Jones fracture was discovered.

“I happened to walk by him and that’s when I saw he was wearing a boot, and that’s when I heard the story of what happened,” Rojas said. “He was just walking back to the clubhouse and he felt a pop in his right foot.”

The combination of the significant oblique strain with the foot surgery figures to at least keep Peterson out until September. It still is not known if he will be able to return this season. The foot injury forced the Mets to move the pitcher to the 60-day IL on Saturday.

The 25-year-old, who is in his second major league season, was 2-6 with a 5.54 ERA in 15 starts this season before the oblique injury occurred. In his two seasons with the Mets, he is 8-8 with a 4.64 ERA. He made 10 appearances last season, nine of them starts.

News of Peterson’s 60-day IL move came one day after the club acquired veteran left-handed starter Rich Hill from the Tampa Bay Rays. Mets right-handers Jacob deGrom (forearm) and Noah Syndergaard (elbow) are currently on the IL.

–Field Level Media