Tovar cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. The 29-year-old was designated for assignment Tuesday and will remain in the organization after going through waivers unclaimed. Tovar went 2-for-11 in six games with the Mets.
Tovar was designated for assignment by the Mets on Tuesday. Tovar appeared in just six games for New York, recording two hits and an RBI across 12 plate appearances. With the Mets claiming Travis Blankenhorn from Seattle on Tuesday, there simply wasn't any space for Tovar on the 26-man roster.
Tovar's contract was selected by the Mets on Tuesday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. The Mets are dealing with injuries up and down the lineup, so they'll turn to Tovar for at least a bench role. He's unlikely to do much if he finds his way into the lineup, as he's a career .188/.241/.238 hitter through his first 40 big-league games. Kevin Pillar (face) landed on the injured list in a corresponding move.
Tovar has yet to arrive to Mets' spring training, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports. The 29-year-old isn't dealing with an injury, though it otherwise remains unclear why he's not with the team in Florida. Tovar spent 2020 at the Twins' alternate training site and last played with the Angels in 2019, posting a .492 OPS in 88 plate appearances. He joined the Mets on a minor-league deal this offseason.
Tovar signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Monday. Tovar has appeared in 40 career big-league games, though he's accomplished very little at the plate, hitting just .188/.241/.238. He was part of the Twins' player pool last season but never made the active roster.