The team announced Thursday that Omar Narváez, a Mets outfielder, will appear on the injured list with a moderate to high strain in his left calf. Here’s what you need to know:
- The usual return to play from this type of injury is eight to nine weeks for each club.
- A league source said New York plans to call up prospect Francisco Alvarez in Narváez’s place the athlete.
- The Mets (3-4) host the Marlins (3-4) Friday as they battle for second place in the NL East.
the athleteInstant Analysis:
How big is Narváez losing to the Mets?
It could be bigger than most people expect at the moment. While the Mets signed Narváez due to the massive defensive improvement he’s made over the past three seasons, there was always a chance he would return to the above-average offense he demonstrated earlier in his career. New York’s running backs were an offensive black hole last season, and the addition of Narváez gave them a chance to improve there without a defensive touchdown.
The Mets lose Narváez while the bottom half of their lineup was nothing short of anything during the first week of the season. – Breton
What does this mean for Alvarez?
However, the loss of Narváez could be a great loss due to the presence of Alvarez. A league source indicated the plan is to promote Alvarez to replace Narváez on Friday. In spring training, both general manager Billy Eppler and manager Buck Showalter made it clear that Álvarez would only earn a trip to the big leagues if there were regular catching opportunities for him there; there he is.
Like other top prospects in New York besides him at Triple-A Syracuse, Alvarez has to answer more with a glove than questions with his bat. He won’t be one of the best game designers like Tomás Nido. He won’t be one of the game’s best defensive tacklers like Narváez. But he has made great strides on this side of the ball. Freshman Carlos Carrasco, who threw to Alvarez while starting rehab in 2021, said in spring training that Mask looked “completely different” and “much better” as a receiver this year.
And, of course, Alvarez’s bat has to deliver a lot more sound than Narváez’s or Nido’s pitch. That’s what propelled him into a consensus Top 10 prospect in the game, and he’s already managed to mash a pair of home runs in 16 at-bats for Syracuse. If he can simply hold his own behind the plate, he can add significant value when standing up to an offense looking for a spark. – Breton
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