The news on McNeil's hamstring is, if not good, at least not as bad as feared, as he's expected to miss the minimum amount of time.

Jeff McNeil injury update: Mets utility player (hamstring) goes on 10-day IL, expected to miss minimum time

When Jeff McNeil pulled up lame trying to beat out an infield grounder in the ninth inning Tuesday, it didn't look good at first glance.

But the news Wednesday is, if not good, at least not as bad as feared. The Mets have placed McNeil on the 10-day IL with a left hamstring strain. However, the strain is reportedly mild and the Mets' super utility player is expected to miss the minimum amount of time before returning, according to multiple news outlets.

McNeil said after the game he didn't think it was serious.

“It didn’t feel great,” McNeil said. “I don’t think it’s terrible.”

Still, the resurgent Mets will be without one of their big bats for the next couple of weeks. The 27-year-old All-Star is hitting .332 with 15 home runs and a .929 OPS. He also gives manager Mickey Callaway tremendous lineup flexibility as he can play both corner outfield spots as well as second and third base.

The Mets recalled infielder Rubén Tejada from Triple-A Syracuse to fill McNeil's spot.

Before dropping their last two games, the Mets (61-58) had been on a tear in recent weeks. They entered Wednesday two games out of the second NL wild-card spot.

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