Brett Baty’s plan is to be ready if the Mets need him.
While the rookie third baseman is unlikely to make the team during the regular season, he wants to position himself as a backup option if the Mets go deep into the postseason and need an injury replacement on the roster.
Batty, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, is working out at CT. He took grounders without throwing the previous Friday The Mets’ 4-3 win over the Pirates. He is scheduled to be examined next week to follow up the surgery on September 1.
“I’m getting ready to go all the way to the World Series and it’s going to be November and if they need me, I’ll be ready for them,” Batey said.
The 22-year-old rookie was called up for his major league debut on Aug. 17 and made his first major league appearance with the Braves. Baty had started twice in 11 games before the injury.
Taylor Magill struggled for his second straight relief appearance for Triple-A Syracuse, allowing one run on two hits, a walk and a hit in one inning. He threw a wild pitch between the 26 pitches.
The right-hander recorded the last out of the third inning and returned to give up two hits in the fourth, one of which was caught stealing.
Joey Lucchesi and Drew Smith also pitched for Syracuse on Friday.
The lefty Lucchesi started and pitched 2 ²/₃ scoreless innings. Smith, who pitched a scoreless fifth inning, is expected to pitch again Saturday.
Starling Marte is eligible to come off the injured list Saturday, but that’s unlikely to happen. The veteran outfielder said he is running to strengthen his legs, but he is not sure when he will resume baseball activities.
Marte, who has a partially undisplaced fracture of his right middle finger, uses the device twice a day to help with the treatment.