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Mets reduce Gary Sánchez following just 3 games, maintaining best prospect Francisco Álvarez in majors


May 26, 2023


The New York Mets altered their catching depth chart ahead of Thursday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, activating Tomás Nido from the injured list and designating Gary Sánchez for assignment. Arguably the most notable aspect of these transactions is they assure youngster Francisco Alvarez will stay component of the major-league roster.

Nido, 29, has been sidelined given that early May well mainly because of vision challenges associated to dry eye syndrome that he believes created as a complication from his previous LASIK eye surgery. He underwent a process that aids his eyes stay lubricated. “It is type of alleviated the eye stress that I had,” Nido told reporters final week, such as MLB.com. “I felt like I had somebody pushing on my head. I had a headache for like 72 hours straight.”

Nido had appeared in 19 games prior to becoming placed on the shelf, hitting .118/.148/.118 (minus-24 OPS+) with no dwelling runs or additional-base knocks. He has under no circumstances been significantly of an offensive threat, but it really is fair to consider his vision challenges impacted his capability to do harm. 

Sánchez, 30, appeared in just 3 games with the Mets. He went 1 for six with a run batted in and zero additional-base hits. He joined the organization earlier in May well following becoming released by the San Francisco Giants. It is unclear if he’ll come across an additional major-league gig, or if he’ll accept a minor-league assignment. 

Alvarez, 21, has hit .253/.316/.506 (124 OPS+) with six dwelling runs in 95 plate appearances. He entered the season ranked by CBS Sports as the No. three prospect in the minors. Alvarez figures to stay the most-days starter, as veteran Omar Narváez remains unavailable following suffering a calf injury in April.

The Mets will enter Thursday night’s game with a 25-25 record on the season.

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