Mets place Francisco Alvarez on 10-day injured list

1:02 pm: “WI know for sure it will be more than 10 days“For Alvarez’s recovery,” Mendoza said Anthony DiComo And other reporters. The player is still undergoing further tests to check for any ligament damage or other injuries beyond just a sprain.

11:39 AM: Mets catcher position Francisco Alvarez On the 10-day injured list due to a sprained left thumb, the catcher's contract was optioned Thomas Nido From Triple A. In another similar movement, the left hand Colton Ingram He was designated for assignment to open a spot on Nido's 40-man roster. Earlier today, Mike Puma of the New York Post said (X link) wrote that Nido was on his way to Los Angeles, where Alvarez was expected to need an IL stint after leaving last night's 9-4 Mets win over the Dodgers.

In the top of the second inning, Alvarez hit a pitch, the Dodgers catcher will Smith He threw his throw over the first baseman's head Freddie Freeman. Alvarez reached second base on an error, but put his left hand on the ground to steady himself after tripping at first base. Mets manager Carlos Mendoza Sunni said And other media reported that a thumb problem occurred on this play, and Alvarez was replaced behind the plate by Omar Narvaez In the bottom of the second inning. Alvarez underwent an MRI after the match, and Mendoza said the team was in good condition.Very worried“About the situation.

After hitting .209/.284/.437 with 25 home runs over 423 games in 2023, Alvarez was looking to follow up his first full MLB season with another step forward this year. The former star has hit just .236/.288/.364 with one homer in 59 PA so far, and it may be a while before he can improve on that small sample size. We may learn more when Mendoza addresses reporters later today about how serious the sprain is or what kind of recovery timeline awaits Alvarez.

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Narvaez and Nido will handle the catching duties in the meantime, and in Nido's case, opting into his minor league contract will allow the veteran backup to participate in his eighth major league season. Nedo has spent his entire career in the Mets organization, signing a two-year, $3.7 million extension before the 2023 campaign.

The catcher is still owed $2.1 million on that deal for this season, and Nido will also reach five full seasons of MLB service time after accumulating 11 additional days on the active roster. Once he hits the five-season threshold, Nido will be able to turn down the outright assignment in favor of free agency, keeping whatever is still owed on that guaranteed salary. When New York designated Nido for assignment and fired him last June, he had to forgo salary if he chose to decline the outright assignment and become a free agent, which undoubtedly influenced his decision to remain in the organization. .

Ingram was claimed off waivers from the Tigers back in February, and the left-hander has struggled mightily during four relief appearances for Triple-A Syracuse this season. Through just five innings of work, Ingram has already issued six walks and allowed five hits, en route to a 7.20 ERA. While control has been a concern for Ingram for most of his minor league career, this uptick (albeit in a small sample size) in walk rate has clearly bothered the Mets enough to expose the southpaw to DFA waivers.

It's not unlikely that another organization could make a claim, as Ingram has already switched teams twice this season via the waiver wire — before moving from the Tigers to the Mets, Detroit first claimed Ingram off waivers from the Angels. With Los Angeles, Ingram made his MLB debut with 5 1/3 innings pitched in 2023, and he has also compiled some solid numbers over his three seasons in the Angels farm system. Ingram had a strikeout rate of 30.21% in the minors before this season, but that number also dropped to 9.5% in his short time with Syracuse.

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