The walking-wounded Mets added two to their ranks Thursday: Robinson Cano with a strained left quadriceps and Jeff McNeil with a tight left hamstring, who both went on the 10-day injured list.
That means the Mets’ entire starting outfield and half of their Opening Day lineup is out hurt, with Michael Conforto (concussion) and Brandon Nimmo (neck inflammation) also sidelined.
The Mets brought up Luis Guillorme, the last healthy 40-man position player in the minors, and reliever Ryan O’Rourke from Triple-A Syracuse to take the roster spots. Adeiny Hechavarria and Guillorme will fill in for Cano at second, while the new outfield becomes some combination of the newly claimed Aaron Altherr, Juan Lagares, Carlos Gomez, Rajai Davis, J.D. Davis and maybe Dominic Smith.
“That’s some pretty good outfielders,” said manager Mickey Callaway of Lagares, two guys who were in the minors last week, one who has been cut by two teams this month, a third baseman and maybe a first baseman. “We’re in a good spot there.”
Cano suffered his injury Wednesday night as he ran out a grounder to shortstop. He pulled up on his way to first, exited immediately and went for an MRI before the game ended. Callaway said the test showed a “low-grade strain.”
Cano said he expects to be re-evaluated in 10 days.
“I’m not disappointed [to get hurt],” Cano said. “This is part of the game. You have to deal with that.”
McNeil felt his hamstring tighten up after he took second on defensive indifference in the ninth inning Tuesday, right before Amed Rosario’s walk-off infield single.
“He hasn’t had an MRI, but it’s tight enough to where we have to be cautious here,” Callaway said. “To run him out there wouldn’t be productive.”
McNeil — whose IL placement is retroactive to Wednesday — hopes to miss the minimum 10 days.
“That’s the plan,” McNeil said. “I don’t want this to become something big. Ten days, not too bad. I just don’t want to make it worse.”
Such is the Mets’ outfield situation, they claimed Altherr off waivers from the Giants on Thursday. They are Altherr’s third team this month after he was designated for assignment by the Phillies (May 4) and Giants (Sunday).
Altherr has a .033/.065/.067 in 23 games (31 plate appearances) this season.
“There’s a ton of upside there — and more depth,” Callaway said.
The Mets expect to have Altherr active Friday against the Tigers, which will require a subtraction from the 25-man roster. They designated reliever Tim Peterson for assignment to make space on the 40-man roster.
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