McNeil back in Mets' lineup after five games out

by Daryn Albert - Jeff McNeil is back in the Mets' lineup on Tuesday after missing the past five games because of right hamstring tightness.

Jeff McNeil back in New York Mets' lineup after five games out with hamstring injury 2:46 PM ET ESPN News Services Jeff McNeil is back in the New York Mets ' lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Houston Astros after missing the past five games with tightness in his right hamstring. He is set to bat eighth and play second base Tuesday night as the Mets return to Citi Field after their five-game road trip. McNeil, who leads the Mets and is third in the National League with a .327 batting average, hasn't played since suffering the injury in last Monday's 6-0 home victory over the Miami Marlins . Editor's Picks McNeil said last week that an MRI showed "nothing" but the Mets were cautious by keeping him out of the lineup. Showalter said last week that he reminds McNeil throughout the season to alert him if anything feels off. "He got ahead of it, felt it a little bit, and we got him out of there," Showalter said. The Associated Press contributed to this report.