The New York Mets were very busy over the winter, having signed pitchers Justin Verlander, Kodai Senga, and Jose Quintana to bolster their starting rotation after the departure of Jacob deGrom.
However, one of those starters may miss significant time.
Quintana suffered a stress fracture in his ribs and has been shut down indefinitely.
The Mets aren’t certain yet how long the veteran left-hander will be out, but it appears that he will miss significant time.
On Twitter, Jon Heyman of the New York Post revealed the prognosis for the 34-year-old, which states that he may in fact be down for at least three months.
Mets aren’t saying anything official until all the opinions are in, but sources say that after the initial diagnosis Quintana is expected to be sidelined three months https://t.co/eZO8xWjuis
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 14, 2023
This is bad news for the Mets.
Quintana split the 2022 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals.
He went 6-7 and posted a 2.93 ERA.
The veteran lefty also started Game 1 of the National League Wild Card Series for the Cardinals against the Philadelphia Phillies.
When healthy, Quintana provides a solid left-handed presence in a starting rotation and is also a veteran with plenty of experience.
However, it appears that the Mets are going to be without him for quite some time.
This would put his return date at around June or July, if three months are required for him to recover from this issue.
Quintana joined the Mets on a two-year, $26 million contract this past offseason.
While many Cardinals fans were frustrated to see him go, the Mets are now stuck with a pitcher on the injured list for a significant amount of time.NEXT: Mets Insider Reveals Uplifting Starling Marte Update