Mets 1B Dominic Smith was supposed to return to the lineup this past Sunday after missing roughly two weeks with a quad injury, but did not play. And he still hasn't returned to the lineup.
Smith was asked earlier this week when he would return, and he seemed frustrated, saying "your guess is as good as mine."
Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday that "we're going to try to get him into a game soon. When it makes sense for Dom."
Smith has been hitting, doing drills at first base, and running, but was recently still feeling an issue with his quad, according to Tim Britton of Newsday.
The 22-year-old Smith, who was never expected to seriously compete for the first base job (with Adrian Gonzalez all-but guaranteed it as long as he was healthy) has been limited to just one at-bat so far this Spring due to the quad injury.
He was in the lineup for the first game of Spring Training before being scratched due to being late for a team meeting.
Smith hit .198 in 167 at-bats with nine homers and 26 RBI in 49 games last season during what was his first taste of the majors.
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After being called out by Mets GM Sandy Alderson, Dominic Smith took the offseason seriously. He worked hard, worked out, lost a ton of weight, and wanted to contend for that first base starting role. He pretty much did everything you should do in the off-season, especially when you have a GM you need to prove yourself to. That is, everything except show up to the first game of Spring Training on time.
And then the quad injury happened. What a change of fortune, right? Smith spent his offseason with first base on his mind, working towards that goal of competing for the job. And because of that, you can understand his frustration at not currently playing, and you can understand his frustration about not knowing when he will play.
It's said above but it needs to be repeated -- he's had just one at-bat this spring. He worked the entire winter to attempt to prove himself, and he's had just one at-bat. That has to sting.
No, Smith won't be the Mets' starting first baseman. And you can't help but feel a bit bad that this is where he's ended up.