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Rosario sits out Mets game with hamstring-groin tightness, but Mickey Callaway says MRI is ‘totally clean’

Manager says that the shortstop had a little tightness in the area and is day-to-day.

Mets infielder Amed Rosario runs toward first base

Mets infielder Amed Rosario runs toward first base after hitting the ball during a spring training game against the Braves, Friday Feb. 23, 2018. Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Amed Rosario planned to return to the Mets’ lineup Tuesday after missing a couple of days with left knee irritation. Instead, he sat out again and had an MRI on his left hamstring/groin.

The MRI came back “totally clean,” manager Mickey Callaway said, and the 22-year-old shortstop is day-to-day.

“He’s just a little tight more in the groin/hammy area,” Callaway said. “That’s what he got his MRI on, just to make sure he’s OK. His knee is feeling good.”

Rosario left Saturday’s game with what the Mets called left knee irritation. He tested it during warmups Monday, but still felt some pain. When he still didn’t feel well enough Tuesday, the team decided on an MRI.

There seemed to be some confusion about what part of Rosario hurt. Rosario said it was knee, but Callaway said it was his hamstring/groin area.

“On Saturday I felt a little bit of pain,” Rosario said through a translator. “[Monday] I tried to run a little bit and felt it again, but not on the same level as Saturday, so it’s going down.

“I felt some sort of tightness around the knee. That’s what I felt.”

With Opening Day only three weeks from Thursday, Rosario said missing a few days is frustrating.

“It’s a little bit hard because I was getting on rhythm, getting on pace, and now starting from zero, starting from scratch is very hard,” Rosario said.

Extra bases

Outfielder Michael Conforto (left shoulder surgery) hit overhand toss in the batting cage Tuesday for the first time this year. “I’m swinging pretty hard, pretty freely,” Conforto said. “I don’t think about the shoulder. It’s more just trying to feel the barrel and get back into that.” . . . Righthander Hansel Robles allowed a homer to Astros prospect Kyle Tucker Tuesday. Robles, who still can be optioned to the minors, has allowed five runs in five spring training innings . . . Righthander Seth Lugo tossed 3 1/3 innings of one-run ball against the Astros, entering mid-inning in relief of lefthander Jason Vargas (2 2/3 innings, two runs) . . . Some spring training excitement: The Mets beat the Astros, 9-5, on a walk-off grand slam from Phillip Evans.

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