NEW YORK (WFAN) – Mets outfielder Mike Baxter is not close to coming off the disabled list, the team’s website confirmed on Thursday.
The 27-year-old suffered a displaced right collarbone on July 1 when he crashed into the left-field wall at Citi Field, helping to preserve Johan Santana’s no-hitter. The critical play helped the Mets make history, but thus far it’s cost Baxter seven weeks on the shelf.
The Queens native has been rehabbing with Class A Advanced St. Lucie, but he hasn’t played the field during his stint. In 15 at-bats, he’s hitting .267 with three extra-base hits. However, because he hasn’t begun to throw, Mets manager Terry Collins told Mets.com that a comeback “is a ways out yet.” Collins added that the pinch-hitter extraordinaire will need at least 25-30 Minor League at-bats before being recalled to Flushing.
Prior to landing on the disabled list, the former fourth-round pick of the Padres excelled in his part-time role, going 8-for-18 with five doubles off the bench.
Overall, the Vanderbilt University product is batting .323 with 10 RBIs and 11 doubles in 65 at-bats for New York.
Hopefully the Whitestone kid can get back on the field this season after making arguably the play of the year for the Mets. Sound off with your thoughts and comments in the section below…