The Mets made some moves official on Friday afternoon ahead of their second game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
After diagnosing right-hander Matt Harvey with a stress injury to the scapula bone in the right shoulder, the Mets have placed him on the 10-day disabled list. They haven’t updated the timeline for his return since yesterday’s announcement, so for now, it’s still “a few weeks.”
The Amazin’s were playing short on the bench after Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker both went on the disabled list, so to replace Harvey, Matt Reynolds has been given the call. Reynolds will likely fill in all over the infield, and will hopefully get more playing time than Jose Reyes, who is still struggling heavily on offense.
In 15 games in the Pacific Coast League, Reynolds is batting .286 with an on-base percentage of .375. Hopefully he can use some momentum to improve his numbers in the majors where his OPS is a poor .574.
Outfielder Juan Lagares has also been officially placed on the DL. His fractured thumb will also cost him a few weeks at least, so the Mets will bring up another outfielder to remedy the gap. In this case, they have decided to bring up Brandon Nimmo as a fifth outfielder. Nimmo hasn’t been up to the big leagues all year, so he’ll be making his season debut at some point.
The youngster Nimmo has struggled a bit in Vegas this season. He’s hitting just .223 with 3 home runs and 16 runs batted in. Thankfully, he’s been drawing a good number of walks (almost as many as he has hits – 30 to 33) which has given him a respectable .361 on-base percentage.
The Mets are in the midst of an important series against the defending NL East champs with a big gap to boot. Hopefully they can scrape a couple of wins at least from the three remaining games.