Mercer was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday. The 34-year-old was one of nine Nationals players that landed on the COVID-19 IL after last week's outbreak, but he apparently isn't one of the infected players. Mercer should serve as a utility infielder for Washington.
The Nationals placed Mercer on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports. Mercer is one of nine Nationals players on the 40-man roster who will begin the campaign on the IL as a result of the team's recent COVID-19 outbreak. Prior reports have suggested that only four of the players in question actually tested positive, but it's uncertain whether Mercer is one of the infected players or merely a close contact. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, players who tested positive will be eligible to return after 10 days in quarantine, while those ruled out through contact tracing can return after a week. Mercer had been projected to begin the season as a utility infielder for Washington, but his absence likely paves the way for Luis Garcia or Carter Kieboom to handle those duties.
Mercer's contract was selected by the Nationals on Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Mercer didn't turn heads at the plate this spring, as he hit .200 with two extra-base hits and three runs in 17 Grapefruit League games. However, he'll serve as infield depth to begin the regular season after Luis Garcia and Carter Kieboom were optioned to Triple-A on Saturday.
Mercer signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals on Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. The 34-year-old appeared in nine games between the Tigers and Yankees last season, going 4-for-20 with two runs scored. Mercer will provide infield depth for Washington if he manages to crack the Opening Day roster.
Mercer accepted an outright assignment to the Yankees' alternate training site Thursday. He was booted off the 40-man roster earlier in the week but is willing to remain in the organization as infield depth going forward.
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