Friday, the Mets revealed Chris Bassitt had been placed on the disabled list and that they’d chosen Triple-A Syracuse righthander R.J. Alvarez’s contract. Bassitt’s injury was not designated, but it’s possible that he was added to the injured list because of his involvement with Covid.
Moreover, the Mets have reported that pitcher Locke St. John has been sent to Syracuse after clearing outright waivers. Earlier in the week, his name had been put on the assignment list.
As part of an offseason deal that sent JT Ginn and Adam Oller to the Oakland A’s, Bassitt has been a pillar of stability in the Mets’ starting rotation. A pair of recent drubbings in San Diego and San Francisco (combined 15 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings) shifted his ERA to 4.01 over 89 2/3 innings, but his other 13 appearances have been good, as shown by his 4.01 ERA through 15 starts.
To be on the Covid-related list does not imply that Bassitt has tested positive for anything. People who report symptoms or are close friends of someone who has tested positive can also be added to the list.
If Bassitt tested positive for Covid-19, the league’s health and safety standards mandate a 10-day absence or two negative PCR tests and clearance from a panel of three medical experts (team doctor, league-appointed doctor, MLBPA-appointed doctor).
With Alvarez’s inclusion on the active roster, he might make his first MLB appearance since 2015. In 2014-15, he tossed 28 innings for the Padres and A’s, and since then, he’s been working his way up the Triple-A ladder.
The A’s, Cubs, Rangers, Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, and now the Mets have all used him since his previous appearance in the majors. While Alvarez has struggled with walks this year, he has an excellent record in parts of seven Triple-A campaigns.
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