Taijuan Walker exits early vs. Braves as Mets’ injury insanity continues

The Mets’ mounting injury problems took yet another gut punch Monday night.

Taijuan Walker threw three scoreless innings against the Braves in Atlanta, then exited the game with “left side tightness,” the team said. He was replaced by Sean Reid-Foley to begin the fourth inning.

Walker had appeared to be in some discomfort on the mound in the bottom of the third inning, but made it through three frames on 33 pitches. He has been a strong addition to the Mets’ rotation this season, lowering his ERA to 2.05 by the time he left the game Monday night.

The Mets are already playing without staff ace Jacob deGrom, who went on the injured list last week with right side tightness. Fellow starters Noah Syndergaard (Tommy John surgery rehab) and Carlos Carrasco (hamstring) have been on the IL all season.

They also placed Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil on the IL earlier on Monday with hamstring strains, joining Brandon Nimmo and J.D. Davis on the shelf.

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