The New York Mets have placed reliever Trevor May on the 15-day injured list due to right-triceps inflammation, which was revealed by an MRI on Tuesday.
In a corresponding move, the Mets recalled reliever Adonis Medina from Triple-A Syracuse.
May had dealt with a triceps strain at the start of the season and the issue has continued to nag him throughout the opening month of the campaign. It had an adverse effect on his performance, too, as a two-run eighth inning on Monday night ballooned his 2022 ERA to 8.64 where he admitted shortly after that he wasn’t pitching “100% healthy.”
“Battling through it but it’s hard to compete when you’re worried about whether or not something is going to hurt to throw or not,” May said. “It’s to the point where I’m not comfortable throwing my best pitches and taking too much time in between pitches to reset and get the energy to throw another one… It’s frustrating as anything in my life right now. Just trying to feel good but it feels like I”m throwing at 80% most of the time.
“It doesn’t have that life where I’m asserting my will… I’m not able to do that right now. I’m searching… I’m throwing darts against the dartboard at this point. I will literally at this point try anything to get back to feeling like me.”
The 32-year-old right-hander admitted that toward the end of his outing on Monday night, he was just hoping that the ball would be hit at somebody.
“Trevor is a very proud guy who wants to contribute every time he’s out there,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said on Tuesday. “If you’re capable of doing something and not getting done consistently — he’s very frustrated. I’m not frustrated at him, I’m frustrated with him because I know he’s capable of better. I’m frustrated for him.”