The Mets infield got no more crowded when the team activated Neil Walker, because the corresponding roster move was to place infielder T.J. Rivera on the disabled list
Walker is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when the team takes on the Seattle Mariners.
Rivera had been playing a good amount around the infield and would have seen more playing time at first base after the Lucas Duda trade, but it is unknown when he will be back on the field now.
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Rivera has a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, the same ligament that pitchers get repaired when they undergo Tommy John surgery. He hits the DL with a batting average of .290 through 214 at-bats.
It will be interesting to see the way manager Terry Collins positions his infielders now that Walker is back.
The team has been playing Asdrubal Cabrera at third base to show other teams that he can play the position, hoping to deal the veteran before the trade deadline. Cabrera had also been playing second base, where Walker has played almost all of his games throughout his career.
Walker also played third base while on his rehab assignment, as the Mets attempt to raise his trade value. He hasn’t played a game at third in the majors since 2010. The 31-year-old landed on the DL on June 14 when he came up lame trying to leg out a bunt single. He comes back after missing more than a month with a left hamstring injury.
Outfielder Brandon Nimmo was also activated from the DL. He missed time due to a collapsed lung and hasn’t appeared in a game since July 4.
The team sent pitcher Tyler Pill back to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Nimmo, who has hit .350 in limited time this year. He has just 20 at-bats so far this year.
He started the season on the DL and didn’t play his first game of 2017 until June 18.