Friday, 3:00 PM Update
Looks as if Hansel Robles and the Mets dodged a bullet, and it was not an arm injury that forced Robles out of yesterday’s game. Adam Rubin reported that Robles was favoring his side, so it could be that he simply strained an oblique muscle on his pick-off attempt.
While no injury is good news, this is much better than hearing that it is an arm injury.
Update to follow…
St. Lucie radio broadcast says Robles threw a couple of warm-up pitches afterward with trainer watching, but then departed.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) April 5, 2013
Well, this is surely unfortunate… Hansel Robles had to leave the opener in St. Lucie for the Mets tonight in the fourth inning with an undisclosed injury. The injury occurred on an errant pick-off throw. It was originally believed to be an arm injury, while Adam Rubin speculates it might be a side muscle injury. Up to the point he was hurt, Robles had a stat line of 3.1 IP with two earned runs allowed off five hits with six strikeouts. We recently ranked Robles as our #20 prospect here at MMO where I had this to say about him…
Signed as an international free agent in August of 2008, Robles did everything in his power with the Brooklyn Cyclones last season to dispel the idea that he projects to be a reliever. Arguably, Robles had the best season of any arm in the Mets system with an ERA of 1.11 over 72.2 innings, which led the New York Penn League. If you include his final start in the post season, he finished the year with 45 straight shutout innings, a WHIP of .784 (47 H/10 BB) and 0 home runs allowed. His 66 strikeouts were nothing to sneeze at, resulting in an 8.2 K/9 compared to an exceptional 1.2 BB/9 ratio. He can throw a fastball, slider, change-up, and an occasional curve ball.
More to come as we get updates out of St. Lucie…