Jeff McNeil left the Mets' explosive first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday with a shin contusion.
The team put up six runs against Pirates righty Chris Archer in the first frame at Citi Field. McNeil was the first man to get on base as he was plunked by a pitch. McNeil ran the bases, kind of, as Michael Conforto hit a two-run homer during the next at-bat. The Mets hit around the lineup in the inning and by his next appearance, McNeil was replaced by Aaron Altherr.
Despite that, McNeil said following the game the move was mostly a precautionary one.
When asked following the 8-7 win if he expects to miss a couple of games, McNeil said no.
"Just pretty sore when he hit me today. Took me out as a precautionary, and we got an off-day tomorrow, should be fine," McNeil said.
McNeil was hit in his lower leg and the pitch appeared to catch his shin protector.
X-Rays were negative on McNeil and the Mets announced the injury as a shin contusion.