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Mets will keep giving Rene Rivera playing time when Travis d’Arnaud returns

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May 15, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera reacts after an eighth inning home run by the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
May 15, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera reacts after an eighth inning home run by the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Good. Refreshing to see a good, logical decision coming from the Mets.

Rene Rivera has been on fire. He has happily surprised everyone so far this season. He has stepped up in a big much needed way, and he deserves to keep playing. It is very reassuring to hear that the Mets recognize this, and will not let Travis d’Arnaud‘s inevitable return from the disabled list hinder Rivera.

D’Arnaud is currently in the midst of his rehab assignment. On Saturday he pinch-hit for triple-A Las Vegas, and he caught for them on Sunday.

Terry Collins had the following to say on the matter:

"“When Travis gets back, we’ll have to make some decisions, but obviously Rene Rivera has earned a spot, has earned a job catching, and we’re going to play him as much as possible.”“And yet Travis has had some huge nights for us offensively. We’re pretty lucky having two guys who are offensive threats behind the plate. But by no means are we going to sit Rene Rivera down and not have him play much.”"

Again, good. Rivera, who before this season was known by most solely for being Noah Syndergaard‘s personal catcher and his good arm behind the plate, is now known for his bat as well. He’s been hitting. And he’s been consistently hitting. On an injury-plagued team, he’s really stepped up.

Plus, not to be the ultimate pessimist here, we all know that d’Arnaud has tended to be quite the fragile catcher lately. It would be a surprise to no one if he were to go back on the disabled list at some point later this season, which would pretty much mean Rivera would just take over once again. Keeping him playing, keeping him loose, and keeping his spirits up are all important.

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And, of course, it’s beyond idiotic to allude to sitting someone when their bat has been on fire. Collins needed to make this statement, and it hopefully eased any doubts Rivera had in his mind, assuming he even had any.

We’re glad you’re playing, Rivera.

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