McNeil went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. Hitting leadoff and playing left field, McNeil pushed his spring slash line up to .321/.321/.571 through 28 at-bats. The Mets still aren't sure whether they'll need him at third base to begin the season, or let him continue his transition to the outfield, but wherever he plays the 26-year-old figures to hit.
McNeil went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins. A minor wrist injury briefly derailed his preparations for the season, but McNeil seemed 100 percent Friday in slugging his first homer of the spring. He got the start in left field in this one, but the Mets plan on having him split time between the outfield and third base for the rest of camp with Jed Lowrie (knee) and Todd Frazier (oblique) both looking iffy for Opening Day.
McNeil will play third base in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against St. Louis, David Lennon of Newsday reports. McNeil's main focus this spring has been on learning left field, where the Mets hope he'll spend the majority of this season. However, with Jed Lowrie (knee) and Todd Frazier (oblique) currently banged up, McNeil could be needed at third base instead to begin the year. McNeil appeared four times there in the majors last season and started occasionally at the position in the minors, so the transition should be an easier one.
McNeil (wrist) is in the lineup for Saturday's spring game against the Astros, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. McNeil was expected to play Saturday after missing the last couple days with his sore wrist, and it turns out he will do just that. McNeil will man left field and hit leadoff for the Mets.
McNeil (wrist) is expected to return to action Saturday against the Astros, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports. McNeil was scratched from Wednesday's contest against the Marlins due to a left wrist laceration and has remained out since then. The issue wasn't expected to be a significant one, and he'll be back Saturday after missing three games. He's in the middle of a switch to the outfield, so the Mets will want him getting a good amount of game action this spring.