Mets assigns catcher Gary Sánchez to assignment: What this means for New York’s catching situation

New York Mets catcher Gary Sánchez has been selected, the team announced on Thursday. Here’s what you need to know:

  • New York reinstated catcher Tomás Nido from its 10-day injured list in place of Sánchez.
  • Sánchez, in his first season with the Mets, has one RBI and zero home runs in just three games played.
  • The Mets called Sánchez on May 18.

The Athletic‘s direct analysis:

What the changes mean for the Mets’ catch situation

Nido’s improved vision and Francisco Alvarez’s great all-round play made it easier to end the experiment with Sánchez.

Since facing most of the playing time without Nido and Omar Narvaez (on the injured list due to a calf injury), Alvarez has been playing as one of the best catchers in baseball. In 16 starts in May, Alvarez has scored .294/.379/.667 as he continues to improve at handling the Mets’ experienced pitching staff, in addition to expertly framing pitches and blocking balls in the sand. He deserves to continue playing regularly as the Mets’ main catcher, but manager Buck Showalter would not air the Mets’ plans when asked if that was indeed the plan.

Showalter said that Alvarez will continue to “get his fair share of games” while adding that he would also not let Nido go idle because “there’s a portion of this where he has to test where he stands with everything.”

The Mets are hoping this is a fresh start for Nido, who struggled at the plate and wasn’t as sharp as before defensively.

Nido recently had punctal plugs placed in each eye. They help them stay lubricated, which relieves the symptoms of dry eye syndrome. Despite having LASIK surgery in 2019, Nido now has to wear contact lenses again. He said it took him about a week to get used to the recipe and get the hang of things. While no one wanted to use the vision problems as an excuse, they clearly affected his level of play. Offensively, Nido probably won’t be counted on in the lineup for consistent production, but at least he’s better than the start he started this season with. Defensively, Nido profiles himself as one of the best in the game.

Narvaez began his rehab assignment with the Brooklyn Cyclones on Thursday. After a few days, he will move to Triple-A Syracuse. He expects to return in early June. — Sammon

What will happen to Sanchez

Besides not showing much offensively in a small selection, Sánchez didn’t look good defensively either. On his start on Tuesday, he failed to catch a foul pop-up and was awarded a passed ball. Prior to joining the Mets, Sánchez attracted some major league interest from the Angels, according to league sources. The Mets now have a week to trade him or pass waivers. — Sammon

Backstory

Sánchez spent his first seven MLB seasons with the New York Yankees before playing a year with the Minnesota Twins. The two-time All-Star hits .225 with 154 home runs and 402 RBIs over his nine-year career.

New York takes on the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night at 7:40 PM ET.

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