New York Mets Outfielder Undergoes Double-Groin Surgery

New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte revealed he underwent offseason surgery to repair separated tendons in both of his groin areas.

He revealed this news on Sunday, but assured reporters that he anticipates being ready for the Opening Day. However, Mets manager Buck Showalter has classified him as a "slow go" for the early stages of spring training, as he is not yet back to full strength after his surgery.

Marte arrived at Mets camp early, but he will be limited in the early stages of spring training. The surgeries forced him to miss playing with the Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, and he will most likely miss some time at the beginning of the Mets' spring training games as he continues his recovery.

Marte said that he was surprised to learn from doctors that he needed surgery this offseason.

Although he claims to be fully healthy, the Mets will take a cautious approach and not rush him during spring training.

Showalter explained that Marte's groin injuries limited his involvement in the running game last season, but he hopes the veteran outfielder can be more aggressive on the bases in 2023 once he is back to 100 percent health. The thirty-four-year-old still stole 18 bases while playing through the injuries.

Marte also played through a fractured finger in the latter part of last season, but he seems to have made a full recovery from that injury.

He slashed a robust .292/.347/.468 line, with 16 home runs, 63 RBIs, 18 stolen bases and 76 runs scored over 118 games last season with the Mets. He is entering his 12th major league season. Photo Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports