Could the Mets’ roster construction as of Tuesday indicate which player and which coach tested positive for COVID-19 and forced their schedule change, or at least narrow down the search?
Prior to Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Marlins, the Mets placed catchers Tomas Nido and infielder Andres Gimenez on the injured list for “undisclosed reasons,” calling up catcher Pat Mazeika and outfielder Juan Lagares to replace them, as well as catcher Ali Sanchez as the 29th man for the doubleheader.
In addition, MLB.com Mets beat reporter Anthony DiComo reports that Tony DeFrancesco will be the Mets’ third base coach and Brian Schneider will be the bench coach today, as Gary DiSarcina and Hensley Meulens are “not on site for undisclosed reasons.”
Tony DeFrancesco is coaching third base today. Brian Schneider is serving as the Mets’ bench/quality control coach today. Gary DiSarcina and Hensley Meulens are not on site for undisclosed reasons.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 25, 2020
The Mets had last Thursday’s game in Miami, as well as last weekend’s scheduled Subway Series, postponed after one player and one coach tested positive for COVID-19. MLB rules prohibit teams from revealing the identities of COVID-affected parties without their consent, but two coaches absent and teo players placed on the IL for undisclosed reasons does narrow it down as, to paraphrase Yankees GM Brian Cashman, ‘the media tries to figure it out.’
The Mets will make up two of those three Subway Series games this weekend, but Jacob deGrom will not pitch in them. Originally scheduled to pitch Game 2 of Tuesday’s doubleheader, deGrom will instead throw Wednesday, with Seth Lugo starting Game 2 after Rick Porcello gets the ball in Game 1.
Per DiComo, the Mets’ rotation beyond that is TBA, as both David Peterson and Michael Wacha threw bullpen sessions on Monday and could be options, as could Steven Matz, who the Mets do not intend to use in relief during Tuesday’s doubleheader.
If Peterson and/or Wacha aren’t ready, the Mets could turn to some combination of Matz, Robert Gsellman, or fill-ins Corey Oswalt or Walker Lockett to pitch in that Subway Series, with Porcello and Lugo on track for Sunday as of now.
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