A Mets player was hit on the hand for the third straight game.
This time, it was Jeff McNeil who was hit on the hand by a Jose Alvarez fastball in the seventh inning of Monday's 5-1 win over the Phillies.
The year of the hit-by-pitch-in-the-hand continues for the Mets, this time with Jeff McNeil 🙄 pic.twitter.com/QdoSp552xN- SNY (@SNYtv) April 23, 2019
McNeil stayed in the game annd underwent X-rays once the game ended -- "just to be safe," manager Mickey Callaway said.
"It feels fine," McNeil said after the game.
Pete Alonso was hit on the hand by a pitch in Saturday's game against the Cardinals. X-rays came back negative, and he homered in his first plate appearance the following game after lobbying Callaway.
Robinson Cano took a fastball to the hand in Sunday's game as well, although umpires ruled he swung and the pitch was ruled a foul ball. Cano's X-rays came back negative as well, and Callaway said Cano would be available Monday.
In fact, Cano was called on to pinch hit in the seventh inning, but when the Phillies took out Jake Arrieta in favor of Alvarez, he was replaced by J.D. Davis.
"We didn't really want Robinson Cano to hit," Callaway said after Monday's game.
After McNeil was hit by a pitch, the Phillies made a pitching change, bringing in Juan Nicasio. And he hit Alonso, the first batter he faced, on the shoulder with the bases loaded.