By Mike Steffanos
There is some print confirmation on Brian Bannister's hamstring injury. On Mets.com, Marty Noble is confirming what WFAN reported earlier. Doctors that administered an MRI to Brian Bannister have told the rookie pitcher that there was tearing of the hamstring, and have classified the injury as a "grade 1 strain", the mildest possible.
However, Bannister is still listed as day-to-day, and Noble quotes him that he's not quite sure when he'll be able to pitch again:
I've never had anything like this. It doesn't seem too bad. If I go too fast or move in the wrong direction, it grabs.
Still, it is good news, even if he misses a couple of starts. When I saw the injury live, it looked much worse, and I thought he would miss substantial time. I'll be interested to see when he'll start throwing again. I still suspect the 15-day disabled list is likely for him unless he heals dramatically in the next couple of days. The Mets have once again this year messed around too long with putting players on the DL. Without an off day until a week from Monday, I don't think they can afford to be a pitcher short.
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