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Amed Rosario injury doesn’t appear to be serious, but Mets play it safe

The shortstop said his knee felt tight running from second to home, but downplayed the severity of the pain.

Mets infielder Amed Rosario watches during a spring

Mets infielder Amed Rosario watches during a spring traiing game against the Braves on Feb. 23, 2018 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

JUPITER, Fla. — Add shortstop Amed Rosario to the list of Mets who are dealing with mostly minor aches and pains.

Rosario left the Mets’ game against the Marlins in the third inning Saturday with left knee irritation, the team announced. After the Mets said the early exit was for precautionary reasons, neither Rosario nor manager Mickey Callaway indicated there was a significant level of concern.

“Obviously we’ll continue to check on him,” Callaway said. “He said he could have kept on playing, but we didn’t want to risk it, so we just got him out of there.”

Rosario said through a translator that his knee felt tight while running from second to home in the second inning. Moments before, he got hit on the left hip by a pitch, but the two were not related, he said. His hip is fine.

“Fortunately, thank God, this is the first time this has happened to me,” Rosario said. “So far it’s not something that important. We’ll see how I feel when I wake up, then we will decide [what to do as far as potential treatment].”

Rosario initially took to self-monitoring the knee, but alerted the Mets when it didn’t go away after about an inning.

“I was evaluating myself, to see how the pain was, if it was going up or down. I didn’t want to play with pain,” Rosario said. “It didn’t go away, so that’s why I told them I had something on my knee and they made the decision to take me out of the game.”

Rosario, 22, is slated to be the Mets’ starting shortstop after debuting in the majors last summer. He had a .248/.271/.394 slash line with four homers, three walks and 49 strikeouts in 46 games.

This spring, Rosario is 3-for-12 with a double.

The Mets’ injury list has come to be an extensive one for the first half of spring training. Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes, Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares and Tim Tebow are among those who have been ailed, though seemingly none to a significant degree.

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