New York Mets’ Jose Martinez out four months with torn meniscus

Mar 3, 2021; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Jose Martinez (16) throws to first base against the New York Mets in the fourth inning at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets first baseman/outfielder Jose Martinez will miss approximately four months due to a torn meniscus in his left knee, manager Luis Rojas told reporters on Monday.

Martinez sustained the injury during the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Miami Marlins when he collided with umpire Greg Gibson while trying to chase a grounder headed down the first-base line.

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“It’s unfortunate,” Rojas said after an MRI exam revealed the extent of the damage. “I think he’s going to have surgery this weekend, and after that, we’ll know more on his recovery and rehab process.”

Martinez is hitless in four spring training at-bats.

The 32-year old Martinez was competing for a reserve role with the Mets. He has a .289 career average with 43 homers and 182 RBIs in 432 games over five big league seasons.

Martinez spent his first four major league campaigns with the St. Louis Cardinals. His best season was 2018 when he batted .305 with 17 homers and 83 RBIs.

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He split the 2020 season with the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs and hit .182 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 34 games. He was hitless in 21 at-bats in 10 games with the Cubs.

–Field Level Media