Pete Alonso was sidelined for just one game after getting drilled on his right hand by a Yu Darvish fastball on Tuesday at Petco Park. Alonso missed Wednesday’s series finale against the Padres, which was the first time this season he was out of the lineup. The Mets slugger returned to first base, batting cleanup, for the Mets’ series opener against the Angels on Friday night at Angels Stadium.
Starling Marte, dealing with left quad tightness, was not in Friday’s lineup. But the Mets remain optimistic that he can avoid the injured list. The Mets right fielder participated in running drills and batting practice on Friday at Angels Stadium.
The Mets benefited from their day off Thursday, their only break on their 10-game, 11-day road trip to Southern California, by allowing Alonso to rest his hand in time for his Friday return. After the first baseman tested out his grip on the bat pregame Friday, the Mets decided he was ready to start smashing baseballs again. Alonso entered Friday tied with Mookie Betts and Kyle Schwarber for the most home runs (16) in the National League.
Alonso said earlier this year that his intention was to play the full 162-game season, and he was on his way to accomplishing that goal when he played all 58 of the Mets’ games this year leading up to the hit by pitch. Even though his 151-game streak, dating back to last season, was snapped on Wednesday, Alonso looked on the bright side.