The Mets have placed infielder Andres Gimenez and catcher Tomas Nido on the injured list, the club announced. Outfielder Juan Lagares and catcher Patrick Mazeika will be replacing them on the active roster, as the Mets selected their contracts from the team’s alternate training site. Catcher Ali Sanchez has also been added to the roster as the 29th player for today’s doubleheader with the Marlins.
No specific reason was given for Gimenez and Nido’s placement, though the lack of information would seem to imply COVID-19 concerns. The Mets are returning to the field today after having four games postponed due to positive coronavirus tests from an unnamed player and coach. Also of note, bench coach Hensley Meulens and third base coach Gary DiSarcina are not at Citi Field today, according to multiple reporters.
Gimenez, one of the Mets’ top prospects and a top-100 prospect in the sport, was something of a surprise addition to New York’s roster at the beginning of the season since he hadn’t played beyond the Double-A level (and hadn’t hit particularly well at that level. Indeed, Gimenez looked a little overmatched in his first 62 big league plate appearances, hitting .254/.290/.339. On the plus side, Gimenez did go a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen base chances and displayed some solid glovework at shortstop, second base, and third base.
Since Sanchez will seemingly just be up for today’s two games, it looks like the Mets will give Mazeika a look as Wilson Ramos’ backup while Nido is out. Mazeika was an eighth-round pick for the Mets in the 2015 draft, and he is poised to make his MLB debut after hitting .278/.371/.424 over 1801 career minor league plate appearances. Like Gimenez, Mazeika hasn’t played any Triple-A ball.
Lagares will return to the Mets after signing a minor league contract back in July. A staple of the New York outfield from 2013-19, Lagares displayed excellent glovework in his prime but injuries and a lack of consistent hitting turned the team’s four-year, $23.5MM extension into something of a misfire. After the Mets declined their club option on Lagares for the 2020 season, he inked a minor league deal with the Padres in the offseason but elected free agency in July.