The Mets are calling on a familiar face to help cope with their latest injury.
They’re calling up Ruben Tejada as Jeff McNeil is going on the 10-day injured list with a mild left hamstring strain, The Post’s Mike Puma confirmed. McNeil underwent an MRI Wednesday.
McNeil hurt his hamstring in Tuesday night’s 5-3 loss to the Braves while trying to beat out an infield hit in the ninth inning.
“It didn’t feel great, but I don’t think it’s terrible,” McNeil said after the game.
Tejada, 29, was signed by the Mets in March and hasn’t appeared in a major-league game since 2017 with the Orioles. He spent his first six MLB seasons with the Mets, who originally signed him in 2006. He’s most remembered for suffering a fractured leg from a Chase Utley slide during the 2015 NLDS. Tejada is hitting .330 in 71 games with Triple-A Syracuse.
The Mets don’t have an everyday answer to replace second baseman Robinson Cano, who’s out indefinitely with a torn left hamstring, which is why Joe Panik being designated for assignment by the Giants could be a factor for them.
Panik, the Long Island native and former St. John’s star, hitting .235 with just three homers, but the second baseman might be worth consideration.
Sources said the Mets hadn’t yet made a decision on whether to take a serious look at the 28-year-old, who was cut loose by the Giants after they traded for the Reds’ Scooter Gennett.
Panik is making $3.8 million and players on waivers no longer are eligible to be traded this month. He either can be claimed, with the team that gets him picking up his salary or clear waivers and be released — and eligible to be signed as a free agent.
Personally, I was hoping for a reunion with Asdrubal Cabrera, but the Nationals have already signed him. Now with Robinson Cano most likely out for the rest of the season, Panik (or even Ruben Tejada, who’s currently tearing it up in the minors) could make the sense to play 2nd base for the rest of the year.