3 Mets players who could lose their roster spot when these teammates return from the IL

These three Mets could be a different kind of casualty when their injured teammates return from the IL.
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What if members of the New York Mets injured list suddenly drank a potion and was ready to come back? The Mets would have some roster decisions to make beyond sending guys to the minors to freshen up a little further from their rehab.

The Mets haven’t been held down by injuries this year which is a major reason why they’ve been able to stay alive. With all of the negative feelings about this roster, much of it came from the belief they’d be working with second-stringers early on. While they haven’t completely avoided the injury bug, it hasn’t been the reason they’re doing the chasing in the NL East and not the other way around.

So what happens when the walking wounded come back? If it happened today, these three Mets would be off the 26-man roster.

1) Omar Narvaez would be off the Mets roster if Francisco Alvarez came back

This is a big one. Omar Narvaez wasn’t dumped in a trade this offseason nor was he designated for assignment. The Mets gave him another shot to prove himself. Frankly, we’ve all seen enough to realize he doesn’t have a place on this roster when Francisco Alvarez returns.

It’s not even the lack of offensive production putting Narvaez in the doghouse most. A complete inability to throw out base runners has made him unplayable. Teams merely need to get on base and run amuck to beat the Mets. Seeing Narvaez behind the plate creates way too much chaos on the bases and puts the Mets at a disadvantage.

Alvarez will, of course, need to figure out a way to gun down a few base runners upon his return. In the meantime, Tomas Nido has proven he deserves to be the backup.