Buck Showalter will miss Wednesday's game against the Giants for a medical procedure, he said Tuesday, but he expects to return for the series finale Thursday.
Bench coach Glenn Sherlock would generally take over managing duties, but as of Tuesday, he was still on the COVID-19 injured list, where he's been since the Mets home opener last Friday. Though Showalter said Sherlock is close to a return, he didn't know if he'd pass the league's health and safety protocols in time to be in the dugout Wednesday. Showalter did not clarify who would be calling the shots in that situation, but indicated that at least some decision making would be done by committee.
Brandon Nimmo was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list after five days and played in both games of the doubleheader against the Giants on Tuesday. Mark Canha remained on the list.
The Mets optioned Nick Plummer to Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move.
According to baseball’s 2022 Health & Safety Protocols, a player or coach can land on the COVID-19 list if he tests positive for the virus, shows symptoms of COVID-19 or is identified as a close contact of an infected individual. Nimmo’s vaccination status is unclear, but unvaccinated players may return to action if they provide two negative PCR tests.
Canha, whose wife, Marci, tweeted is triple vaccinated, can be activated when baseball’s Joint COVID-19 Health and Safety Committee no longer deems him infectious.
Jacob deGrom will undergo a follow-up MRI Monday, nearly four weeks after imaging showed a stress reaction in his right pitching shoulder, the Mets announced.
“I know everything is going really well,” Showalter said. “They’re really happy with where he is right now. I’m not saying he’s ahead or behind schedule.”
Walker in limbo
Taijuan Walker (right shoulder bursitis), who is scheduled to throw a scrimmage against lower-level Mets minor-leaguers on Wednesday, will travel with the Mets to his home in Arizona when they take on the Diamondbacks later this week, but he may need another rehab start, Showalter said.