Injuries & Moves: Nido DFA'd; Narváez reinstated

June 5th, 2023


June 5: C reinstated from IL; C designated for assignment
Drafted by the Mets in the eighth round of the 2012 MLB Draft, Nido was designated for assignment after the club activated Narváez, who was out with a calf strain, from the injured list. With the emergence of rookie backstop Francisco Alvarez, Nido was the odd man out. 

In seven seasons with the Mets, Nido slashed .213/.249/.308 with 30 doubles and 74 RBIs. This season, the 29-year-old batted .125 in 22 games.

Narváez was on the IL after injuring his leg in an April 5 game in Milwaukee, where he sustained a medium- to high-grade calf strain. He went on a Minor League rehab assignment on May 25, and in two games with High-A Brooklyn, he went 1-for-4 with a single and two RBIs. With Triple-A Syracuse, the 31-year-old played in four games and collected two homers and three RBIs.

June 3: RHP Jimmy Yacabonis outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse
Yacabonis, who was designated for assignment earlier this week, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse. The Mets had risked losing him from when they DFA'd him, but Yacabonis will instead remain a bullpen option for later this season.

June 3: RHP Vinny Nittoli optioned to Triple-A after trade
The Mets acquired Nittoli shortly after he opted out of his Minor League contract with the Cubs. The veteran right-hander was in a state of limbo, as the Cubs had 48 hours to trade him, release him or add him to their own 40-man roster.

Chicago opted to deal him to the Mets for cash. New York added Nittoli to an open 40-man roster spot and subsequently optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse. The 32-year-old Nittoli has appeared in three Major League games in his career, with the Mariners and Phillies, and he offers the Mets some additional bullpen depth. He produced a 3.48 ERA over 16 appearances for the Cubs' Triple-A Iowa affiliate.


10-day and 15-day IL

RHP (left ankle sprain)
Expected return:
Uceta hurt his left ankle while pitching three scoreless innings against the Giants on April 22. He was initially not expected to need more than the minimum 15 days on the IL to recover, but manager Buck Showalter said that Uceta is not progressing as fast as they’d hoped. As of a May 24 update, he was still "not close," per Showalter. (Last updated: May 24)

60-day IL

LHP (recovery from rib surgery)
Expected return: Early July
Quintana traveled to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on June 3 and will throw live batting practice on June 5 and June 9. The Mets hope he will start a rehab assignment soon thereafter.

Midway through Spring Training, Quintana was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the fifth rib on his left side. Subsequent testing revealed a lesion in the area that was benign but prompted doctors to recommend bone graft surgery to repair the rib. Quintana underwent that operation on March 17, and he resumed cardio work less than two weeks later.

At a six-week checkup on April 28, Quintana was cleared to begin throwing off flat ground. Three weeks later, doctors gave Quintana the green light to resume throwing off a mound. He is now in the middle of a ramp-up stage that should last around six weeks, including his first live batting practice session scheduled for June 5. (Last updated: June 4) More >>

RHP (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: June
Hernández was scheduled to pitch one inning for Single-A St. Lucie on June 4. He will then travel to Binghamton and pitch two innings for the Double-A team on June 8. If things go well, the Mets hope he can throw for Triple-A Syracuse shortly thereafter. 

Hernández landed on the injured list to start the season after experiencing discomfort in his shoulder late in Spring Training. He restarted a throwing program in late March, but stagnated after that, resulting in an elongated timeline. Hernández finally began a rehab assignment with Single-A St. Lucie on May 28, striking out the side in his lone inning. He could become an option for the Mets in June, though Hernández -- who has an accessible Minor League option -- may first need to pitch in the Minors for a while. (Last updated: June 4)

RHP (right lat strain)
Expected return: Second half
Coonrod's recent scan showed improvement, and he has been given clearance to progress to long tossing and then start throwing on the mound in the next two weeks. The Mets are hopeful that he can progress to Minor League game action by July, which would put a second-half return on the table. (Last updated: June 4)

RHP (right lat strain)
Expected return: TBA
Ridings is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment for Single-A St. Lucie on June 6. He has progressed slower than the Mets hoped, suffering multiple setbacks in his quest to advance to Minor League games, but Ridings was up to 98 mph in a mid-May bullpen session, according to manager Buck Showalter. (Last updated: June 4)

RHP (torn right patellar tendon)
Expected return: 2024
Díaz suffered a complete patellar tendon tear in his right knee during Puerto Rico's celebration after defeating the Dominican Republic to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Baseball Classic on March 16. He underwent surgery to repair the tendon the following afternoon in Florida, and he's been progressing on a rehab schedule ever since, most recently appearing in public without crutches on May 5. On June 2, Díaz said he was still riding a stationary bike and that he hoped to begin jogging soon.

Díaz is holding out hope that he can return late in the season, but it's more likely that he will miss the entire campaign. The typical timetable for such an injury is around eight months. (Last updated: June 2) More >>

OF (recovery from right thumb surgery)
Expected return:
Just as he was nearing a return from a relatively minor back injury, Locastro sprained the UCL in his right thumb during the final days of a rehab assignment and he was transferred to the 60-day IL. Locastro underwent surgery on May 23 to repair the sprain, and he was expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks. The outfielder had his hard cast removed before the end of May, and he began a rehab program at that time. If all continues to progress as expected, he should return around the All-Star break. (Last updated: June 2)

RHP (recovery from Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: 2024
The outlook steadily deteriorated for Montes de Oca after he departed a March 12 Grapefruit League game due to right forearm discomfort. Initially diagnosed with a stress reaction in his elbow, Montes de Oca consented to surgery two weeks later to remove loose bodies from the joint.

During that operation, surgeons determined that Montes de Oca's UCL was unstable and required reconstruction. The resulting Tommy John operation and recovery will cost Montes de Oca the entire 2023 season, and potentially part of '24. (Last updated: April 4)