New York Mets Starter Has X-Rays After Being Struck By Comebacker

The New York Mets are keeping their fingers crossed that a hard comebacker to the mound won't cost them some of their much-vaunted starting rotation depth. Left-hander David Peterson is having x-rays on his foot after the frightening shot back up the middle in the 5th inning of Saturday's 15-4 win over the Miami Marlins.

Peterson actually finished the play, throwing out the runner on the play, and then getting two more outs to complete the inning. But manager Buck Showalter figured there was a little more going on than met the eye.

“You get to know a guy and you know there might be a little more going on in there than he’s letting on,’’ Showalter said of Peterson, who was "pretty sore afterwards." The ball struck him on the outside of his left foot.

The 27-year-old southpaw is pencilled in as a rotation depth piece this season, as the Starting Five is pretty much set for now with Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Kodai Senga, Carlos Carrasco and Jose Quintana. 

Last season, Peterson made 19 starts for the Mets in his 28 appearances, going 7-5 with a 3.83 ERA and 10.7 strikeouts per nine.

Photo: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports