Rats! McNeil leaves game early for Mets with body cramps


New York Mets’ Jeff McNeil (6) leaves the field after being hurt during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

FLUSHING, Queens — All-Star second baseman Jeff McNeil was pulled from the New York Mets’ game against Baltimore on Tuesday night with body cramps after trying to stretch a single into a double.

McNeil lined his second hit of the game off starter John Means with two outs in the third inning and tried to beat center fielder Cedric Mullins’ throw to second.

He slowed down about halfway between first and second and was out by several steps.

McNeil lifted his average to .234 this season as he’s gradually pulled out of an early slump.

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