Billy McKinney scratched from Mets lineup with knee soreness

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The Mets’ bad injury luck continued on Friday, though they hope it will be nothing more than an unexpected night off for Billy McKinney.

The outfielder was a late scratch from Saturday night’s lineup due to right knee soreness, with Mason Williams replacing him in center field and Kevin Pillar moving over to right as New York looks to make it three wins in a row.

McKinney, acquired in a trade with the Brewers last month as the team scrambled for outfield depth, had become an unexpected contributor for the “Replace-Mets” squad, batting .333 with a pair of home runs in his last 30 at-bats, while playing strong defense in an outfield still missing Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and J.D. Davis.

Overall, McKinney is batting .302 with a 1.106 OPS in 13 games since joining the Mets.

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