Kevin Pillar injury update: Mets OF suffered ‘multiple nasal fractures’ from fastball to face
Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar diagnosed with ‘multiple nasal fractures’ after fastball at 94 mph hit him in the face Monday night, the team announced Tuesday morning.
As Pillar left the field on his own, the Braves pitcher Jacob Webb’s throw left him bloodied and many were concerned for his health. After the match, Pillar tweeted that he was fine, although the Mets said on Tuesday it would be meeting with a facial specialist “to determine the next steps” in his recovery.
For now, Pillar is simply listed as day-to-day, but it’s likely to run out of time. If placed on the IL, he will become the fourth Mets outfielder to land there since Brandon Nimmo (finger) joined the roster on May 5. Michael Conforto (hamstring) and Albert Almora Jr. (shoulder) were also made inactive for the past week.
With the Mets shorthanded in the outfield, Johneshwy Fargas, who started Monday night at centerfield, and Khalil Lee, who came into the game after Pillar’s injury, could see more playing time.
Even despite their recent injury issues, the Mets retain the top spot in the NL East and have posted a 7-3 record in their last 10 games. They hope to keep the momentum going even if Pillar runs out of time.