Mets’ Brett Baty appears to have avoided injured list stint

The Mets discovered Brett Batty’s left hamstring strain early and may have been able to avoid him being placed on injured reserve.

Batty was left out of Wednesday’s starting lineup, a day after he was removed from the game with discomfort in his foot, but manager Carlos Mendoza expressed optimism that the third baseman won’t need to be sidelined for an extended period of time.

“It seemed like we got it going early here,” Mendoza said before the Mets’ 9-1 win over the Pirates at Citi Field. “Early reports are encouraging.”

Brett Batty, who was happy to score an RBI double in the first game this season, did not play in the Mets’ 9-1 win over the Pirates. Noah K. Murray/New York Post

Batty felt cramped after getting an infield hit.

He remained in the game to play defense in the back of the inning until he was ejected.

Batty will have an additional day of rest with Thursday’s scheduled off day before the Mets’ weekend series at Dodger Stadium.

Zach Short started at third base on Wednesday, a night after Joey Wendle started at third base.

Batty’s quick start greatly contributed to the Mets’ offensive ability surging after an 0-5 start.

Over the past 11 games, Batty has 14 hits for 41 at bats (.341) and an on-base percentage of .372.

Francisco Lindor singled in the sixth inning against Hunter Stratton, improving his batting average to .098 (5 hits for 51) as a left-handed hitter.

His struggles early in the season were less pronounced for a right-handed hitter.

“I think his right hand will get there easily because he’s right-handed,” Mendoza said. “There’s more mechanics on the left side. It’s just one of those things where he’s seeing the ball better from the right side now and working out some things on the left side.”

The Mets claimed reliever Michael Tonkin off waivers from the Twins.

To make room on the roster, reliever Tyler Jay was designated for assignment. Tonkin was previously DFAed by the Mets this season.

The Mets were down 1-0, but gave up nine runs.

It was the Mets’ seventh come-from-behind victory, tying them with the Orioles for first place in the same category in MLB.