Over the past couple nights, Mets third baseman Todd Frazier has been rehabbing with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s.
It’s been nearly a month since Frazier played a game for the Mets, which was on May 7 in Cincinnati where he went 0-for-5. After a hot start to the season, Frazier’s bat was cooling off before he landed on the DL with an injured left hamstring. Frazier trying to battle through the injury may have been a factor to his mini slump.
Regardless, Frazier is back and playing real live baseball games, as he started his first game for the 51s on Thursday night. To help ease him back into shape, he was only scheduled to play for five innings.
His defense may have been a bit rusty, with a bunt single deflected off his glove in the second inning, another bunt single to him in the third, and a throwing error in the fourth trying to get a force at second. It’s nothing to be worried about, as the normally sure-handed Frazier likely was just wiping off some rust from not having played in awhile. Plus, a hamstring issue should have little to no effect on his fielding.
Manager Tony DeFrancesco stuck with the original plan Thursday night and lifted Frazier in the sixth for a pinch-hitter.
On Friday night, Frazier went a little deeper into the game playing seven innings before he was pinch-hit for in the eighth. Amazingly, not a single ball was hit to him over those seven innings. But the most important thing is that he successfully played according to plan without any indication of his injury reoccurring.
At the plate, Frazier went 1-for-3 with a single both nights. Friday night, his single led off the seventh to end a no-hitter. The main purpose for these at-bats right now is just to get him back into a rhythm, and so far he seems to be doing just that. There’s no exact timetable for when he should be back with the Mets, but it’s expected to be about just a few more days.
Frazier will be a very important piece to have back in the lineup every day, as none of his replacements, Jose Reyes, Luis Guillorme, and Wilmer Flores, can consistently combine strong offense and defense like Frazier can, and with the Mets struggling, it will certainly be nice to have him back very soon.
Another Mets player rehabbing for Vegas right now is reliever Anthony Swarzak.
On Friday, he went one inning for the 51s, yielding just one hit and walking one, but keeping the opposition scoreless.
He has pitched two games for Vegas so far, logging a win in each appearance.
Swarzak will likely return to New York for the Baltimore series early next week.